Post-Rush: Obama’s Message War
(FROM: Politico) This isn’t the first time that Barack Obama has used his extensive network of campaign supporters to promote his agenda as president. Forget, for a moment, that between using the TelePrompTer constantly and turning his donor list into the White House equivalent of a Christmas Card address list, the president seems more comfortable on the campaign trail than in the White House. Take a look instead at just how well he uses the best-ever political ground game on non-campaign issues. Surely, he’s fundraising too, but that’s not even the point — the point is that the GOP will have their hands full competing in 2010 and 2012 with something other than a standard, cookie cutter campaign.
Maxine Waters Sought Bailout for Husband’s Bank
(FROM: Newsmax) Self-dealing among Democrats is nothing new, unfortunately. Yet, is it just because I’ve been traveling for most of the past two days and haven’t seen it, or is there really not that much news coverage of this issue? If this were a Republican, it would be game, set, match on his career, or at least his committee position.
The Clear and Cohesive Message of the International Conference on Climate Change
(FROM: American Thinker) Coming southbound on I-95 as we were blowing past Florence, SC on Saturday morning, I saw a billboard which said something along the lines of “Love the Carolina coast? Rising seas from global warming could make it all go away” and I couldn’t help but laugh. More and more people are waking up to the alarmism and fear-mongering so inherent to the facade for global socialism that is the global warming/climate change movement. Here’s a quick excerpt from the piece (quick because I’m leaving to go eat some oysters):
Needless to say, the regressive tax increase which is Cap and Trade (CAT) was also a popular target.
CEI director Myron Ebell proclaimed John McCain’s loss last November to actually be good news, as McCain is the biggest supporter of CAT in the Senate and actually claims that energy rationing would be a net benefit to the economy. Ross Mckitrick blasted the idea of CAT systems with predetermined carbon caps as betraying a complete lack of faith in their design. If the goal is to force down carbon output, then a “truth-based” floating cap determined by temperature is called for. Suggesting we force down caps regardless of temperature response is a sign that they don’t believe their own rhetoric.
Dave Kreutzer warned that analytical models predict estimated aggregate losses to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $4.8 trillion and job losses in the manufacturing sector of nearly 3 million by 2029 if CAT were imposed under S. 2191. That’s over and above the million manufacturing job losses economists predict will occur even if we do nothing.