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November 15, 2008

 

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The "Obama Landslide" is pure media fiction, since the same margin of victory did not make Bush a “landslide” winner in 1988 nor traditional marriage (Proposition 8) a “landslide” winner in California in 2008. But rather than actually listening to what Obama has promised, those Americans that voted for him, mostly out of their own greed, are going to be surprised to learn that the "change" they expect is really just more of the same. We have been promised a lot of "change" by president-elect Obama:

·        The "change" America can expect is more vilification of hard working and successful entrepreneurs, but we already have that in spades.

·        The "change" America can expect is big corporations gaming the socialist system to punish their competition that they see as doing things better and cheaper, but we already have that too.

Apparently the blind are leading the greedy with false promises everyone knows are false promises, but that is where we are at this point in time in America. The problem is that, once established, it is almost impossible to rid a country of the infestation of a totalitarian government. By its very nature, totalitarianism controls everything you do and it works to control what you think. In our latest election America has decided to give enhanced socialism and Marxist principles one more whirl despite its dismal track record, and to redistribute wealth at the point of the government’s gun. Khrushchev was right when he predicted that we Americans would eventually embrace communism (or at least what passed for communism in the Soviet Union) after years of being slowly forced fed bits of socialism. The political leaders of this nation who are preparing to take over this nation are blind to the truth that whatever shade of socialism they give to us to vote for fails. Whether it is communism (Marxism), fascism, Nazism, Corporatism or some other version, they are all just different flavors of the same ice cream and all taste just as bad. They are all the same with only minor differences in texture and sweetness. They only vary inasmuch as in whom the power to dictate from the top down rests. The only real difference between them is the fine details. But all have the same overarching goal; to control and punish by government force those that are not deemed worthy and to inhibit inalienable rights. And the greedy have supported them in droves. Socialism is characterized by ignoring the free marketplace and empowering intellectual planners to control the economy with a cocoon of regulations and directives. This flows from socialist governments’ belief that full employment can be maintained only by massive deficit spending. In contrast in a free marketplace economy, consumers, not government planners, are the final arbiters of which products and which companies survive and prosper.  Despite the endlessly repeated liberal-progressive-socialist dogma, no corporation is able to trick consumers, let alone to force them, to buy its products by use of advertising. Exit polls showed that a 49% - 46% plurality of voters believed that government was "doing too much" as opposed to "should be doing more," but given that exit polls have a tendency to over sample Democrats, the actual margin in favor of smaller government was probably larger. In September 2008, a Gallup poll showed that 53% of voters thought that "government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses," while just 41% thought that "government should be doing more to solve our country's problems." Similarly, a Rasmussen poll taken that same month showed that by 51% - 43% voters thought that the government "has too much control over the economy." Proper books, recording his sordid associates, his cowardly voting record, his astonishingly militant commitment to unrestricted abortion and his blundering trip to Africa, are little-read and hard to find. Obama is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

 

America was founded on certain timeless principles, laid out in the Declaration of Independence and put into practice by the Constitution. These principles include the conviction that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and that governments are instituted among men to secure these rights, and to provide freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and equal protection under the law. There are those who argue that the principles of the founders are woefully out of date and that our old ideals of limited government and individual liberty need to be revised and updated to accommodate the sweeping government intervention that the complexities of modern society demand. But Americans have always believed that our founding principles are not merely the product of a particular society or point in time. The principles are universal and inalienable or, to quote the Declaration of Independence, they are “self-evident truths.” These moral truths have not weakened over time, but rather have been strengthened by our national experience and our advances in social and economic understanding. Free-market capitalism has led not to the oppression and misery of the working class, but to a record of prosperity and a standard of living that are the envy of the world. Our conservative Constitution, skeptical of change and rooted in respect for the tradition of ordered liberty, has not made us inflexible but has rather safeguarded us from the turbulence of political fads and the temptations of radicalism. It is this steady commitment to founding principles, and not our capacity for rapid change under the influence of a charismatic leader, that distinguishes America. Our enduring principles are the reason that people have flocked to our shores from all over the world for hundreds of years. They are the reason we pledge allegiance to our flag, sacrifice our lives in distant lands, and gather together on July 4th to celebrate our country’s independence. They are what give all Americans a common foundation upon which to build a society of all races and creeds. They are the glue that holds together our nation’s brilliant fusion of liberty and stability, connecting us vertically back to all the generations that preceded us and horizontally to all our fellow citizens. These are the principles that we can and must believe in, in the face of the winds of change. In fact, the Founding Fathers designed our Constitution so as to make it very difficult to bring about significant changes. New legislation requires majorities in both houses of Congress followed by a presidential signature. Constitutional amendments are even more difficult — the easiest method is for an amendment to pass both houses of Congress by two-thirds majorities and then be ratified by three-fourths of all state legislatures. This suggests the Founding Fathers were suspicious of quick and easy change. The actual genius of America, and what makes our country unique, is precisely the opposite of change. After all the talk about change, Obama has named 31 of the 47 people to transition or staff posts with ties to the Clinton administration, including all but one of the members of his 12-person Transition Advisory Board and both of his White House staff choices.

 

Obama did not win for the reasons he thinks he did, and he can be counted on to overreach, helping Republicans to return to power in 2010 and 2012. The Republican Party will recover, but its only path back to the presidency and majorities in Congress is to return to conservative principles and to again become the party of big ideas. The reason that Democrats won the elections was that the Republican Party drifted to the left, to big government, in irresolute prosecution of the war, and into the biggest economic crisis in living memory. If the GOP wants to regain power, it must communicate an agenda in such a way that it gets more than half of the voters to vote for it. It's time to stop defining ourselves by what we are not, and tell voters what we believe, how we'll lead, and where we'll go; how we Republicans will make America better; how we'll make their families more prosperous, their children better educated, their parents more secure, and all of us healthier, safer and stronger. The Republican Party vision must be expressed in bold and innovative ideas, ideas that are reflected in a coherent series of specific policy proposals that are persuasively communicated to the voters. The vision must include new ideas and proposals that will appeal to Hispanics, working-income families, women, young people and older people which is communicated as an agenda that effectively addresses education, retirement, jobs, the environment and the economy. John McCain won 57% of the white male vote and 53% of the white female vote. McCain won (barely) the middle class: those earning between $50,000 and $200,000. Biggest challenge is to develop a media strategy that bypasses the Mainstream Media to reach voters directly without liberal interpretation and spin. A big step in the right direction would be to quickly select a new conservative Republican National Committee Chairman such as either Newt Gingrich or Michael Steele. Republicans also need to promote up and coming conservatives such as Governors Palin, Sanford, and Jindal, Senators DeMint and Coburn, and Congressmen Flake, Pence, Hensarling, and Shadegg into Party leadership positions. Remember this country survived the Bill Clinton years of neglect, so let’s make sure the Republican Party returns to its conservative base and not hand Democrats an unearned second Obama term.

 

If Republicans are serous about the need to return to their conservative roots as their strategy to win in 2010 and 2012, here is a radical new platform they should consider:

o       Core Principle:Traditional conservative values

o       Core Principle: Fiscal responsibility

o       Core Principle: Strong national defense

 

o       Core Principle: Traditional conservative values

§         Enforce original Constitutional intent (eliminate political correctness, multiculturalism, and diversity) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/philosophy.html

§         Enact terms limits (12 years max) for all elected offices (return to citizen legislators) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/elections.html

§         Pass a Marriage amendment (protect marriage between a man and a woman) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/family.html

§         Outlaw abortion (life begins at conception) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/abortion.html

o       Core Principle: Fiscal responsibility

§         Close down and divest nonessential functions (cut federal government by over 50%) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/Budget.html

§         Divest federal entitlement programs (Medicare/Medicaid to the States; privatize Social Security) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/healthcare.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/socialsecurity.html

§         Strive for energy independence (oil, gas, coal, nuclear, biofuels, etc.) by exploiting all known reserves http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/energy.html

§         Replace progressive income tax with fair, flat 10% tax (no deductions and no exemptions) to pay for downsized federal government http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/taxes.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/economy.html

o       Core Principle: Strong national defense

§         Unify foreign policy based on US interests first (DAIM: Diplomatic, Aid, Infrastructure / nation-building, Military) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/philosophy.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/aid.html

§         Get out of the United Nations and replace with League of Democracies to promote freedom and capitalism http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/unitednations.html

§         Defeat Islamo-fascists wherever they exist http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/terrorism.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/homelandsecurity.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/defense.html

§         Assimilate immigrants into core American values (English language, American core values, US law) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/immigration.html

 

The federal financial bailout has been expanded to include “investing” in the insurance and housing industries (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Housing Administration, JP Morgan, Bear Sterns, AIG, etc.), costing more than $1.8 trillion, with more industries (automotive) and state government lining up at the federal “feeding trough.” Hank Paulson lured political leaders from both political parties into linking arms in a panicked Chicken Little line dance for the beleaguered mortgage industry. He demanded an unprecedented $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program for the good of the country; for the health of the housing market; for the survival of the economy with no time for deliberation and no time to review the previous failures of such interventionist approaches around the world. Paulson is desperately throwing our money at banks in a futile attempt to convince them to lend, but these banks are either hoarding the cash or acquiring more assets. In other words: Paulson is helping the banks that were "too big to fail" grow even bigger with taxpayer backing. This bailout has morphed into a rescue of incompetence, corporate cronyism, and unionism, with a step towards nationalism of key private sectors. Remember when Democrats lamented the growing budget deficit and spoke of the burden our children and grandchildren would face if we didn't put our fiscal house in order? That was when Republicans ran the federal government and Democrats opposed tax cuts. Now that Democrats are about to be in charge, concern about the deficit has disappeared and spending plans proliferate, even though the national debt passed $10 trillion in September and we added another $500 billion last month. It is ironic that Democrats caused the financial mess, protecting Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, forcing banks to issue loans to unqualified borrowers by passing the Community Reinvestment Act, was overshadowed because the Bush Administration didn’t foresee or prevent the crash. According to the Heritage Foundation, the $1.2 billion in loan guarantees made by the Carter administration still resulted in a partial bankruptcy for Chrysler. "Most of the company's creditors were forced to accept losses just as they would if Chrysler had gone through Chapter 11, and the company ended up firing almost half its workforce, including 20,000 white-collar workers and 42,600 hourly wage earners. The only people who benefited from the bailout were Chrysler shareholders." If we let these automakers go financially bankrupt, once they restructure and renegotiate they will be much stronger and more competitive when they emerge from their bankruptcies. There are two typical outcomes when the government owns a controlling stake in a private business. Either Uncle Sam runs it like a government agency, layers it with lawyers and other process facilitators, and slowly erodes whatever value exists. Or the government runs it like a business and uses its unfair advantage in cost of capital and its ability to regulate to defeat the private competition. (See Fannie Mae, history of.) The next step in rescuing taxpayers from the AIG rescue should be to allow private investors to replace the federal government as majority owner. AIG and its insurance subsidiaries can still thrive in the right hands. There is nothing wrong with the property and casualty insurance market that requires government intervention. AIG's big bet on the government-distorted housing market created this mess. Now private capital is ready to help clean it up, if Treasury and the Fed will shift the government's interest to non-voting preferred shares. As if public confidence is not low enough, this week Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson basically admitted that the plan hasn’t worked, and that he has changed his mind about what is required to save the U.S. financial system.

 

Mainstream Media kept up a constant drumbeat of economic doom and gloom for six years predicting an imminent recession which Democrats crafted to arrive right before the 2008 election. Even Paul Krugman does not predict a new “Great Depression” but the Mainstream Media and their complicit economists continue to endorse a self fulfilling prophecy of a deep depression. It is strange that Obama has already begun tuning out the press, on a path to becoming isolated in the White House bubble, much like he accused President Bush of being. Once Obama is inaugurated, there is no question that the Democrats will pass the ill-named Fairness Doctrine, thus ensuring that talk radio, the only part of the Mainstream Media not fully under control of the far left, will be silenced once and for all. It upsets me that the MSM has done everything in its considerable power to spin, deny or conceal, all the unpleasant truths about ACORN, Rev. Wright, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and the Annenberg Challenge. It upsets me even more that millions of my fellow Americans know the truth about Obama, but simply didn’t seem to care.

 

Be careful what you hope for… you may get it and now Barack Obama needs to perform for the first time in his career burdened with a history of over-promising and under-delivering. President Bush began his administration in a recession inherited from President Clinton, so now President Obama will inherit his own recession to begin his administration. They also don’t seem too concerned that in a 2001 radio interview, Obama declared that his problem with the Warren Court was that although it ruled in favor of Civil Rights, it was not sufficiently radical when it came to redistribution of wealth. Apparently, Obama thinks the Founding Fathers should have included that in the Bill of Rights. Since socialism often leads to tyranny, I am not indulging in right-wing hyperbole. After all, aside from control of capital and the means of production, one of the essentials of all dictatorships is central control of the media. In 2008, the left already controls most of the Mainstream Media, not to mention the liberal arts departments on most college campuses. Obama has already begun planning which Bush executive orders, such as embryonic stem cell research, offshore drilling and environment, that he will immediately rescind. Democrats’ view on filibuster will undoubtedly change from defending it as a hallowed tradition of American politics, but as the ruling majority, they will soon probably redefine the filibuster as a sort of nihilism practiced by bitter Republicans to obstruct the Obama agenda. Beleaguered Senate-minority Republicans may soon agree with the past use of Congressional roadblocks to impede simple up-and-down votes on judicial nominees to stop Obama-appointed liberal judges from flooding the courts. Within the first six months of the Bush Presidency, Islamo fascists attacked America causing over $200 billion in damage and scaring the stock market into a free fall. The good news is that President Bush’s perseverance has allowed the Global War on Terror to be successful across the world and most notably in the Middle East. President Obama will have the opportunity to “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” first in Iraq then in Afghanistan by managing the war as a political exercise and not a military one. Obama is a believer in the United Nations as a global government overseeing and taxing all countries including the United States, and has offered to fund a global poverty program. One unfortunate consequence of embracing the UN is their anti-Israel orientation condemning our ally in the Middle East to renewed attack on the ground and in the press. At the news of Barack Obama's election victory the stock market expressed their fear and displeasure by voting with their wallets, dropping the value of stocks by over 10%.

 

Barack Obama seems bound and determined to repeat the mistakes that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made that turned a 1929 market crash into an elongated and painful global Great Depression. President-elect Obama has said that "the one thing I can say with certainty is that we are going to need a stimulus package passed either before or after my inauguration." The U.S. economy is shrinking, unemployment is at its highest level since 1994, manufacturing is at its lowest point in 26 years, and Barack Obama is pushing a stimulus bill to rebuild bridges and roads. Infrastructure spending has failed just about everywhere it's been tried. Ask the Japanese who poured billions into public works to pull itself out of its last long recession, without much success. Last summer saw the failure of just such a stimulus from President Bush. More importantly the original stimuli of the New Deal also failed, despite Roosevelt pouring billions into the economy in his first term and as soon as FDR stopped doling out the cash (in 1937, after the election) the economy crashed again. Obama has talked about investing in infrastructure lately, and many structures that were built were solid, but they didn't bring recovery and cost about half a private-sector job was lost. Obama hopes to evoke Roosevelt's leadership style and "bold persistent experimentation" of the Roosevelt variety, but people forget many of FDR's experiments were failures. Seventy-nine years distant from the 1929 kick-off of the Great Depression, it is increasingly apparent that the policies of both Hoover and FDR failed to derail the economic chaos that repeated intervention in the economy brought about in both the United States and the world. From protectionism to a war on business to raising taxes to massive public spending that sucks up capital to the creation of make-work jobs for political purposes, Obama has in one form or another given the nod to them all. Obama’s façade of intellectualism masks his inability to recognize why liberal policies failed in the past, so he plans to repeat these same mistakes and hope for different results!

 

Here is a handy checklist of some of the biggest Obama promises, culled from his "Blueprint for Change," his campaign speeches and advertisements that can be used to track his performance:

o       Give a tax break to 95% of Americans.

o       Restore Clinton-era tax rates on top income earners.

o       "If you make under $250,000, you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime. Not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes. Nothing."

o       Dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes.

o       Give American businesses a $3,000 tax credit for every job they create in the U.S.

o       Eliminate capital gains taxes for small business and startup companies.

o       Eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000.

o       Expand the child and dependent care tax credit.

o       Expand the earned income tax credit.

o       Create a universal mortgage credit.

o       Create a small business health tax credit.

o       Provide a $500 "make work pay" tax credit to small businesses.

o       Provide a $1,000 emergency energy rebate to families.

o       Spend $15 billion a year on renewable sources of energy.

o       Eliminate oil imports from the Middle East in 10 years.

o       Increase fuel economy standards by 4% a year.

o       Weatherize 1 million homes annually.

o       Ensure that 10% of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012.

o       Create 5 million green jobs.

o       Implement a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

o       Get 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015.

o       Sign a fair pay restoration act, which would overturn the Supreme Court's pay discrimination ruling.

o       Sign into law an employee free choice act — aka card check — to make it easier for unions to organize.

o       Make employers offer seven paid sick days per year.

o       Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2009.

o       Remove troops from Iraq by the summer of 2010.

o       Cut spending on unproven missile defense systems.

o       No more homeless veterans.

o       Stop spending $10 billion a month in Iraq.

o       Finish the fight against Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorists.

o       Work in a "bipartisan way to preserve Social Security for future generations."

o       Impose a Social Security payroll tax on incomes above $250,000.

o       Match 50% of retirement savings up to $1,000 for families earning less than $75,000.

o       Demand higher standards and more accountability from our teachers.

o       Go through the budget, line by line, ending programs we don't need and making the ones we do need work better and cost less.

o       Slash earmarks.

o       Lower health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year.

o       Let the uninsured get the same kind of health insurance that members of Congress get.

o       Stop insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

o       Spend $10 billion over five years on health care information technology.

 

If you are sick and tired of government and politics as usual, read my web site with its individual issue analysis and recommendations at: http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com Remember this site is updated every Saturday. Individual issue updates this week include:

 

This Week’s Best Articles:

·        GOP gears up for 2012” by Jonathan Martin dated November 9, 2008 published by Politico at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15451.html .

·        The Auto Bailout” by Thomas Brewton dated November 9, 2008 published by The View From 1776 at http://www.thomasbrewton.com/index.php/weblog/the_auto_bailout/ .

·        All the News That’s Fit to Censor” by Burt Prelutsky dated November 10, 2008 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/BurtPrelutsky/2008/11/10/all_the_news_thats_fit_to_censor .

·        Don’t Repeat Errors of New Deal” by Amity Shlaes dated November 10, 2008 published by New York Post at http://www.nypost.com/seven/11102008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/dont_repeat_errors_of_new_deal_137967.htm .

·        U.N. American Agenda” by Anne Bayefsky dated November 10, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YmFmYjBhMmQyMmI1N2RlMTIyZThmYjIzNzI0NWU2ODA= .

·        America’s True Genius” by Alexander Benard and Anthony dated November 10, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MzUwYzY2ZWZjYTNhOWM4OTQ5NjNlOTQ4ZWNjZjY5OGI= .

·        If You Want 2012, Earn It” by Jed Babbin dated November 10, 2008 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29417 .

·        Obama’s Other Transition: Handling a Tougher Press Corps” by Howard Kurtz dated November 10, 2008 published by Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/09/AR2008110902094.html .

·        America Has Jumped the Shark” by Sher Zieve dated November 10, 2008 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/23550 .

·        Obama Will Overreach” by Ronald Kessler dated November 10, 2008 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/kessler_keene_obama/2008/11/10/149603.html .

·        A Checklist of Obama’s Many Promises” dated November 10, 2008 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=311212244872396 .

·        Marching Orders” dated November 10, 2008 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=311213122502556 .

·        “The night we waved goodbye to America… our last best hope on Earth” by Peter Hitchens dated November 10, 2008 published by Daily Mail at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1084111/PETER-HITCHENS-The-night-waved-goodbye-America--best-hope-Earth.html# .

·        The New Adventures of Wonderboy” by Jeffrey Lord dated November 11, 2008 published by The American Spectator at http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/11/11/the-new-adventures-of-wonderbo .

·        Breakdown” by Cal Thomas dated November 11, 2008 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/CalThomas/2008/11/11/breakdown .

·        The Bailout of the Bailout of… “ dated November 11, 2008 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122637166228016371.html .

·        Listen. Adapt. Be Positive” by Michael Steele dated November 11, 2008 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122637487379316665.html .

·        Gingrich, Steele duel privately for RNC job” by Ralph Z. Hallow dated November 11, 2008 published by The Washington Times at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/11/gingrich-steele-duel-for-rnc-leadership/ .

·        The Missing Obama Landslide” by Ben-Peter Terpstra dated November 12, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/the_missing_obama_landslide.html .

·        Obama Not Garnering Financial Confidence Internationally” by Donald Lambro dated November 12, 2008 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/DonaldLambro/2008/11/12/obama_not_garnering_financial_confidence_internationally .

·        Here Are Your Assignments” by John J. Pitney Jr. dated November 12, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NDE0NTQ0ZDhiYjllMWMyYWMwNzNmYjhmMjRjNWJlNjE= .

·        The Same Old Change” by Victor Davis Hanson dated November 13, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MDhjMzljNzMxZjBjMjAyY2ZjOTUwZmIyN2E5ZmE4MjM= .

·        GOP Needs a Compelling Vision” by Ken Blackwell dated November 13, 2008 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/KenBlackwell/2008/11/13/gop_needs_a_compelling_vision .

·        Keynsian Moment’ Needed to Fight ‘Great Recession’” by Mort Kondracke dated November 13, 2008 published by Real Clear Politics at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/11/keynsian_moment_needed_to_figh.html .

·        Media Should Demand Paulson’s Head” by Cliff Kincaid dated November 13, 2008 published by Accuracy in Media at http://www.aim.org/aim-column/media-should-demand-paulsons-head/ .

·        Obama gets the Clinton band back together” by Ben Smith and Carrie Budoff Brown dated November 4, 2008 published by Politico at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15617.html .

·        Hank Paulson, Naked Emperor” by Michelle Malkin dated November 14, 2008 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2008/11/14/hank_paulson,_naked_emperor .

·        The Myths of Clintonomics dated November 14, 2008 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=311558492117605 .

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY