January 30, 2009 — Assigned Reading


A Warning to the President
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Since he was elected in November 2008, I’ve been saying that Barack Obama’s biggest challenge will come from within his party, acknowledging that while his heart may be left of Marx, he’ll need to come diving to the center to even have a chance to govern effectively. Before he even put up the “Office of the President-Elect” placards, I was wondering how exactly he would shut out the little Pelosi devil on one shoulder and the little Reid devil on the other; I even wondered aloud if the venomous Rahm Emanuel was the right guy to protect Obama from his own. My advice to the new president was pretty simple — shoot down a pet project from the loony left right away, as if he were a new inmate at a prison and needed to beat the snot out of someone in order to conjure a little respect. Needless to say, with this “stimulus” bill brimming with pork, he hasn’t done so quite yet. This Journal article was a nice reminder of why he should keep his guard up.

Larry Kudlow: Shelve the Stimulus
(FROM: National Review) Kudlow seems to think that we could be looking at $3 TRILLION by the time the stimulus is done and TARP is revisited. At some point, this madness has to stop. We simply cannot spend our way out of a recession. It’s a ludicrous idea. Let’s do things the right way — sure, give a little boost with a few carefully selected, shovel-ready project, but let the rest of the impact be long-term impact gleaned from corporate and capital gains tax cuts, among a few others as well. Now is not the time for speculation or ideology; let’s do what works. We’ve seen the effect the spendthrift Bush administration had at the end of the second term, and we’ve seen the merits of tax relief as well. Let’s do what works.

Dodd of Indignation
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Fantastic read. It never ceases to amaze me that Christopher Dodd has served in the Senate as long as he has. As much as I’d like to think it’s only Connecticut which has allowed it, I look at many of Dodd’s colleagues and realize that it has taken a whole lot more than one state to elect such inept and downright crooked officials. Anyway, here’s a snippet from the piece:

Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd has been in typically indignant form this week, opining on the financial crisis. Before his Tuesday hearing on Bernard Madoff, he demanded that regulators get to the bottom of any crime: “American investors deserve an explanation and the responsible parties must be held accountable!” And yesterday the Connecticut Senator denounced Wall Street bonuses and said, “I am urging — in fact, not urging, demanding — that the Treasury Department figures out some way to get the money back.”

Pardon us, Senator, but how about taking your own advice?

We refer to his promise to release mortgage documents for the two properties that he and his wife refinanced with Countrywide Financial in 2003. In June a former Countrywide loan officer charged that Mr. Dodd received preferential rates and had fees waived on those loans as part of a VIP program the company had for “friends” of the company’s then-CEO Angelo Mozilo. Mr. Dodd first issued a denial and then, days later, acknowledged that he was a “VIP” with Countrywide but said he thought it was “more of a courtesy.” In late June he pledged to make all pertinent documents public “at some point.” We’re still waiting.

Blagojevich in the Fading Spotlight
(FROM: Townhall) Well, he’s out. Over the years and over the recent two months in particular, “Hot Rod” has shown such a strange, skeevy brand of optimism that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. In the meantime, he alternatively showed that he was crazy (see any of his odd, Mike Tyson-like press conferences) and crazy like a fox (see his appointment of Roland Burris, which turned the tables on his adversaries). I expect a book deal, of course, and with that hair of his maybe a foray into soft-core late-night Cinemax movies. We’ll just have to wait and see.

FCC Commissioner Warns of ‘Stealth’ Fairness Doctrine
(FROM: Multichannel News) Along with repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” U.S. military policy, I think this may be the next move on behalf of the Obama administration, especially if Democrats run into problems with riled-up Senate Republicans in trying to ram through their “stimulus” package. We’re already seeing the groundwork being laid, with the attacks starting on conservative talk radio within minutes of Obama’s flubbed Oath of Office. Now, while I don’t get the chance to listen to a lot of talk radio due to my work and school schedule, I cannot deny its importance — without talk radio picking up where the mainstream press leaves off, many Americans would be completely in the dark when it comes to what’s happening on Capitol Hill. The Fairness Doctrine was declared unconstitutional once; we need to make sure that it doesn’t need to come to that this time around, that any legislation offered by the Democrats just simply doesn’t get off the ground.

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) Considered for Commerce Secretary
(FROM: Associated Press) Nice political move by the president. Not only does he get the perceived credit for picking a Republican, but if Gregg accepts, he has a crucial empty Republican seat in the Senate which likely would be filled with a Democrat. My goodness, I hope Sen. Gregg does the right thing and politely decline.


U.S. Puts Up $20 Million for Gaza Relief

(FROM: Associated Press) Okay, here’s where I come off as a real prick. While I definitely understand that innocent women and children were hurt, their lives destroyed, in the recent conflict, I think it is super important to remember (1) that the conflict was started because of terrorist attacks, intentionally targeting Israeli civilians, by Hamas and (2) that Hamas terrorists fired their rockets from residential areas and from school grounds. It saddens me, the plight of the innocent Palestinian, but I am concerned that the money will be misappropriated–even in the hands of the U.N., which demanded investigation of Israeli action–and spent on measures facilitating future terrorist activity, and I am concerned that we are just in essence rewarding Hamas. In order for lasting change in the Middle East, the innocent people must see the terrorists in their midst, and understand that terrorist aggression has deadly consequences. Perhaps then, these people will take charge of their own lives and instill a government with the people’s best interest at heart.

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  1. BlueWater says:

    Indignation. That’s what Democrats expressed because businesses were being irresponsible with taxpayer dollars.
    Irony. I won’t bore anyone with an explanation of that one.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Watch Argentina’s Economic Collapse series on you tube. Obama = Menem. Those that don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yeah! David C. Rodearmel, State Department employee and Foreign Service Officer has a law suit against Hillary. Good for him, another trying to stand up for the Constitution. Does anyone have an email address on him? I would like to write and tell him “Thank You” and encourage him. Maybe he can follow-up with one against BO.

  4. Laurie says:

    Jeff…EXCELLENT assignment.

    I know that Blago is Chicago Mafia and is “probably” guilty, but I do believe he was not given all his legal rights and was rushed out of town. Why? Hummmmm….. Hope he starts talking quickly before his “friends” have him declared insane and anything he says will be ignored. With any luck he has some hard evidence (paper trail) that he can provide.

  5. BlueWater says:

    Tin foil hat time. Obama is trying to crush the economy, thereby stripping us of “world power” status, humbling us before the world, isolating Israel, and creating a Castro like education/healthcare state over which he can rule indefinitely.

    Wait a minute, Bill Clinton said we need to slow the economy, Obama accused us of “dictating” to the world on Arab TV, he kept silent in his support for Israel during the Hamas war, and he just issued a pork bill with his crap in it. Other congressmen have suggested canceling the term limits for the president.

    I’ve put away my tin foil hat – no hat necessary. Anyone got a cigar?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Stimulus slush fund for housing entitlement thugs
    by Michelle Malkin
    Creators Syndicate
    Copyright 2008
    From tiny acorns, mighty government debacles grow. House GOP Leader John Boehner on Monday rightly sounded the alarm over billions in stimulus tax dollars that could potentially go to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. But the Republican leadership has only scratched the surface over what amounts to a bottomless slush fund for a bigger coalition of housing entitlement thugs. ACORN, you may recall, is the Chicago-based left-wing activist group with longtime ties to community organizer-turned-President Obama. The non-profit, which now takes in 40 percent of its revenues from American taxpayers after four decades on the public teat, has a history of engaging in voter fraud, corporate shakedowns, partisan bullying, and pro-illegal immigration lobbying. The Democrats’ stimulus proposals could make the group — and its lesser-known, even more radical ideological allies — eligible for upwards of $5 billion in new public cash.
    Talk about subsidizing failure. These are the same activists that helped sow the seeds of the subprime meltdown. They aggressively played the race card and pressured banks to loosen standards, throw out down payments, and lend to some of the nation’s most riskiest borrowers. Now, these mobs protest across the country, disrupt foreclosure auctions, threaten bank executives, and accuse lenders of, yep, racism for lending to those riskiest of borrowers.
    The stimulus slush fund for these housing entitlement thugs is innocuously dubbed the “Community Development Fund” in the House version of the stimulus bill. Some $4.19 billion would be “used for neighborhood stabilization activities related to emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes.” The legislation changes the way the fund would be disbursed and loosens lobbying restrictions. Previously, affordable housing groups applying for the grants would be vetted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or state and local government agencies. Under the stimulus bill, as non-profit watchdog Mathew Vadum points out, the middlemen would be eliminated — “making it easier to get Uncle Sam’s largess directly into the hands of the same people who run ACORN’s various vote fraud and extortion rackets.” Moreover, Vadum reports, “the legislative package provides these funds without the usual prohibition on using government money for lobbying or political activities.”
    ACORN denied this week that it had lobbied for this booty. But it is the largest and most obvious beneficiary.

  7. Nick says:

    Kick Chris Dodd out of the Senate by supporting the effort to draft Peter Schiff in 2010.

    http://www.schiff2010.com/
    &
    http://www.schiffbomb.com/

  8. toto says:

    I’m sure Blago has something to say about something, and I’m also sure that Obama and company are nervous about it. Hope he does say whatever. Not trying to say I’m for Obama, not for a minute, but at least one good thing has come from his administration so far. Janet Napolitano saying she will push to have illegal alien criminals shipped out after their sentences are served, which is a good thing. I suppose we can find something good once in a while. Interesting the lawsuit filed by Romeardal, I doubt it will go anywhere either, the Supremes are in bed with these lefties all the way, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead I quess applies here.

  9. Kris says:

    Re: Blago

    Yesterday on FOX Judge Napolitano made the remark (paraphrasing): what is so different between what (Blago) did and what Obama did with the hospital and salary raise given to Michelle?

  10. Bobby K says:

    The only question I have is, out of all the corupt politcians coming out of Chi. Ill. how can BHO be the only honest one out of the bunch, laughable don’t you think. Blago will not go quitely, they will have to make him keep quite, can anyone say Clinton. Blago might want to think about a bodyguard don’t you think…He will deal to stay out of jail.. wouldn’t that be nice….

  11. Anonymous says:

    I do not think Blagojevich is innocent…..but,

    My Letter to Rod, IF he get’s it at this address……..

    admin@friendsofblagojevich.com
    To: Rod Blagojevich,
    re: 01/29/09 Speech

    The violation of your Constitutional Right’s by the Senate was deplorable.
    It “worries” me that Congress proceeded with a impeachment trial even though you were NOT found guilty of any crime, nor allowed to have a full hearing with witnesses to defend yourself.
    I also, deplore the comment’s directed at you made by President Obama/Soetoro which were way out of line considering his past and unknown history.
    I hope that you will now see his true nature and
    that you will now use any influence or opportunity to help get “him” Impeached and out of Office. Hopefully you can subpoena Obama/Soetoro in a trial and demand his true credential’s and eligibility of Article II, section 1, to be President. If he get’s impeached, then ALL of the other’s who impeached you will face impeachment, ironically putting them in your shoe’s
    as you stated in your speech.
    It would be justice to see them in a position they had
    put you in.
    Among supporter’s, and non-supporter’s of you,
    there are many of us that know you were railroaded
    out of Office and mistreated without trial.
    Geraldo Rivera, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, and Judge Napolitano of Fox New’s and many other
    Reporter’s supported your “Right’s” to defend yourself with a fair trial before a impeachment vote.
    Innocent, until proven Guilty in a Court of Law, with
    the opportunity to Defend Yourself is what Our Nation
    is noted for. As a Republican “I ” will be on Your side and support your “Right’s” to a fair trial, regardless if guilty, or not guilty. until proven guilty.
    I will forward my concern of what I perceive to be a violation of your “Right’s” as an American citizen to my local Official’s, and promise “Never” to vote for them again for not giving you a fair trial before judgement.
    I will also encourage other’s to do so on many websites.
    It seem’s to me that the Senate did not wish to
    include your basic right to defend yourself in fear that
    some “subpoenaed” witness might expose other
    embarrassing or unlawful act’s.

    Sincerely, Daniel Smith, Long Island, NY

  12. Anonymous says:

    Kris, absolutely nothing is different.

    Similarly, Ted Stevens’ dog and chair look pretty innocuous compared to what Obama and his ilk have been doing all along…

    I think Fitzgerald is in the sack with Obama.
    .

  13. Anonymous says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR ELECTING MICHAEL STEELE!!!

    Fantastic move, not only because he brings diversity to the party but also a touch of class.

    Kudos!

  14. suek says:

    >>The Fairness Doctrine was declared unconstitutional once; we need to make sure that it doesn't need to come to that this time around…>>

    The Congress in FDR's day wouldn't let him pack the court…betchya _this_ Congress will. Two years at most…they can't risk a change of power in 2010. Increase the number os Supreme Court Justices, appoint all strongly activist Liberal Justices, and badda boom – their programs will all sail right through.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Rod showed us how to duck and weave when charges are brought. He’s a master of his medium.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Another Tax Cheat In The Obama Administration
    Yet another key nominee of the Obama administration has been caught cheating on his taxes according to ABC News. Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Obama’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, couldn’t get by without a chauffeured car like he enjoyed as a top Senate leader when he lost re-election four years ago. A big Democratic contributor furnished Daschle with a Cadillac and driver for the past four years as part of a consulting gig he set up for him with InterMedia. Daschle never paid any income tax on his expensive fringe benefit until he began the vetting process to become HHS Secretary. Now, Daschle is belatedly paying over $100,000 in back taxes, interest and penalty. A Daschle spokesman says he “deeply regrets the mistake.” This little hiccup should pose no problem for Daschle since tax cheating didn’t disqualify Timothy Geithner to be Treasury Secretary. And Daschle will only have to tend to welfare cheats in his new job, not tax cheats like Geithner. I’m curious why Obama’s accountant hasn’t told him he needs to amend his tax returns to reflect the six-figure gift he received courtesy of Tony Rezko when he helped Obama purchase his Chicago mansion

  17. Anonymous says:

    Internet Powerhouse/Law professor Andy Martin files federal civil rights lawsuit to block impeachment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
    January 28, 2009 by andymartinny
    Law professor Andy Martin says U. S. Constitution applies to Illinois impeachment proceedings. Martin says Illinois legislators are conducting a corrupt, kangaroo court trial that is going to boomerang on the state. “America’s capital of corruption is running true to form,” Martin says. “Asking crooked Daley Machine politicians to cast an honest vote on impeachment is a travesty of justice.”

    ANDY MARTIN
    Executive Editor
    ContrarianCommentary.com

    “Factually Correct, Not
    Politically Correct”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    ILLINOIS CORRUPTION FIGHTER ANDY MARTIN SAYS THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURES BEING USED AGAINST GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH ARE A FARCE AND A REPLICA OF 1930’S SOVIET “SHOW TRIALS”

    LAW PROFESSOR ANDY MARTIN SAYS “ENOUGH” AS ILLINOIS OFFICIALS IGNORE THEIR OWN CORRUPTION AND ATTACK GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH FOR HIS CORRUPTION, ADDING A NEW TIER OF DISHONESTY TO STATE GOVERNMENT, TAINTED IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS

    (CHICAGO)(January 28, 2009) Internet Powerhouse and Illinois corruption-fighter Andy Martin will file suit Thursday to block impeachment proceedings against Governor Rod Blagojevich.

  18. Anonymous says:

    New lawsuit filed:
    OBAMA WATCH CENTRAL
    Congress sued to remove
    prez from White House
    ‘Defendants had to ensure
    the Constitution is upheld’

    Posted: January 31, 2009
    12:00 am Eastern

    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    A new lawsuit is challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, and this one targets Congress as a defendant for its “failure” to uphold the constitutional demand to make sure Obama qualified before approving the Electoral College vote that actually designated him as the occupant of the Oval Office.

    The new case raises many of the same arguments as dozens of other cases that have flooded into courtrooms around the nation since the November election.

    It is being brought on behalf of Charles F. Kerchner Jr., Lowell T. Patterson, Darrell James Lenormand and Donald H. Nelson Jr. and names as defendants Barack Hussein Obama II, the U.S., Congress, the Senate, House of Representatives and former Vice President Dick Cheney along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    Where’s the proof Barack Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills the “natural-born American” clause in the Constitution? If you still want to see it, join more than 193,000 others and sign up now!

    As WND has reported, dozens of lawsuits have been filed over Obama’s eligibility to assume the office of the president. Many have been dismissed while others remain pending.

    The cases, in various ways, have alleged Obama does not meet the “natural born citizen” clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which reads, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

  19. Anonymous says:

    Nick wrote: ‘Kick Chris Dodd out of Senate by supporting effort to draft Peter Schiff in 2010′.

    Are you referring to Peter D. Schiff who wrote ‘Crash Proof:How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse’? I just finished reading his book, and if it is he, it would be great to have someone with some economic sense in office.

    Hope that he is the one, as Dodd is the utter pits, and needs to go.

  20. CAL says:

    Jeff,
    I am confused about the Fairness Doctrine. You said that it was declared unconstitutional. I was not aware of this. I just thought that Reagan got rid of it when he was in office through the FCC. It is my understanding that the Fairness Doctrine does not have to go through Congress. The FCC heads can just enact it through a majority vote. I hope I am wrong, but I think this is the case.

  21. CAL says:

    Jeff,
    In regards to the stimulus package, I do not think the democrats have any intention of stimulating the economy. They are using this economic crisis to spend money on their pet projects and pay back their big time constituents. The democrats are not stupid – they no tax cuts work – but, tax cuts put power back into the hands of the people and this is not where the democrats want it.

  22. Anonymous says:

    It is time we bring the guillotine to Washington and start wopping off some heads. Until that physically happens do not expect anything but idiots in Washington.

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