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Tonight, President Obama will unveil his State of the Union. Said one well connected Democrat last night, “Things are so bad there is a betting pool on which DEMOCRAT screams ‘You Lie!’ tomorrow night.” Well, tomorrow night is now arrived. This past week, Americans have been treated to two very awkward scenes — Barack Obama speaking to a group of elementary school students with his teleprompter and Barack Obama speaking to his middle class task force with a teleprompter. The man is extremely scripted. The visuals subject Obama to appropriate ridicule (school kids + teleprompter. Really?!?), but the script he is using is the true punchline for jokes. For the past year, Barack Obama has called everything he does “unprecedented” and “historic.” His favorite four letter word is “Bush”. A day does not go by without someone in the administration blaming George Bush for all their ills. Counter-intuitively, the Democrats even blamed George Bush for Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts. Tonight, it will be interesting to see how often he blames George Bush and how often he resorts to stale cliches the public is no longer buying. Obama, his teleprompter, and the rhetoric they deploy have become the butt of late night jokes. When Barack Obama loses Jon Stewart, he is in real trouble. But there is a greater trouble for Barack Obama and one very few people are discussing. It is, however, the greatest threat to the Obama administration and is not easily reversed. If he cannot turn back from this threat rather soon, no successes with jobs, the economy, or anything else will save him. Please click here for the rest of the post.
With student loans, Obama reportedly now wants to put time and income-based limits on how much you have to pay back. Your student loan payments will be capped at no more than 10% of the amount by which your income exceeds a “basic cost of living” amount. And all your debts will be forgiven after 20 years if you work in the private sector, or 10 years if you have a government job. Higher education is like healthcare in that payments to providers are already heavily subsidized by government. Also like healthcare, the cost of education is rising every year far more quickly than the general inflation rate. Obviously, higher education is an increasingly large burden on middle-class families. But colleges and universities are also like hospitals and medical practices in another sense: with no built-in incentives to cut costs, they don’t cut costs. That’s the problem we ought to be looking to solve. Instead, Obama wants to create yet another middle-class entitlement that will quickly become permanent, and will permanently enrich a special class (educators) at society’s expense. Overall, this proposal makes extensive consumption of higher education a no-brain decision. I agree that the middle class is harmed by the skyrocketing cost of higher education. But to repeat the parallel with healthcare, people will automatically use too much of anything they don’t have to pay for. Please click here for the rest of the post.
A new poll shows Marco Rubio ahead of Charlie Crist for the first time in the race. The Quinnipiac University poll has Rubio ahead by 3 and also beating Kendrick Meeks, the expected Democrat. Likewise, Senator John Cornyn is now saying of Rubio, “His chances are better now than they’ve been at any point earlier.” Nonetheless, Cornyn is standing by his man Charlie Crist. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Sources are confirming for me this morning that Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) will not run for the United States Senate. Lots of people on the outside have been pushing Pence, but he has all along seemed interested in staying to fight for 2010. A Senate run would bring into question his ability to lead the House GOP Conference at the same time. This is refreshing news to many conservatives who were fearful that Pence leaving the House would leave its leadership devoid of a truly conservative voice. interestingly, I’m also hearing that Pence is not opposed to higher office, just not the Senate. Hmmm . . . He’s going to be traveling a whole lot in the coming year helping candidates and meeting voters across the nation. The many conservatives floating Pence 2012 might have some incentive to keep that effort going. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Triple P polling shows the GOP race for Illinois Governori si tight. Eight points seperate 5 candidates. Surprisingly, the leader is Kirk Dillard. We must oppose him. Dillard endorsed Barack Obama. He even shot a commercial for Obama. When McCain became the nominee for the GOP, Dillard shut up, but the record is still there. We must oppose this guy. I know folks in the McKenna camp. He’s a rather establishment fella, but not bad and would be much more acceptable than Dillard. Then there is the intriguing choice of Adam Andrzejewski. He just got endorsed by Lech Walesa who said, “I applaud Mr. Andrzejewski’s commendable effort to bring real reform to politics. His insistence on transparency in public life is badly needed not only in the great state of Illinois, but in any democracy.” Please click here for the rest of the post.
I hear they’re telling a joke at the International Panel on Climate Change: Knock knock. Who’s there? Peer Review. Peer Review who? Your guess is as good as mine. But seriously, I thought it was bad enough when a single reference to a piece of speculative fiction about Himalayan glaciers made it into a “peer-reviewed” IPCC report. But it turns out to be a trend. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Jesse Jackson is a hateful, left-wing activist. Does any one deny this? His Rainbow/PUSH Coalition clearly promotes a number of lefty causes if you visit the home page:
- “Stimulus II Needed to Stimulate the Grass Roots”
- “Reduce the Rate: 1% Student Loans”
- “Rainbow PUSH Coalition Applauds Announcement of New DOJ Unit to Focus on Unfair Lending Practices
It doesn’t get better exploring the site, either. Read the commentaries and find gems like these:
- “Much of America has come a long way on race, as the election of Barack Obama demonstrated. The Republican right-wing not so much.”
- “The rabid-right – led by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh – accused the president of hating white people.”
There is no doubt where Jesse Jackson is politically. And yet here is Carly Fiorina’s fast talk at Hogue News to cover for her comments about Jackson that RedState blew the lid off of on Friday. Please click here for the rest of the post.