Harvard Study Shows Republicans Enjoy 4th of July More Than Dems

Reagan used to say, Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15. Now, a new study from Hahvad,  shows what most of us probably suspected. Republicans seem to enjoy celebrating the 4th more than Dems. A shock, I know.

US News reports:

Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend’s July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.

“Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party,” said the report from Harvard. [See political cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]

“The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans,” write Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam.

Their findings also suggest that Democrats gain nothing from July 4th parades, likely a shocking result for all the Democratic politicians who march in them.

The study suggests that if people are looking for a super-patriotic 4th of July celebrations, they should head to Republican towns. “Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively.”

As opposed to say…Berkeley, or Dearborn, or Madison, or….you get the idea.

Again, shocking shocking stuff.

Video: TIME Editor Mark Halperin Gives His Honest Assessment of Obama On Morning Joe, Is Promptly Suspended By MSNBC

What’s sad is, he expected the guys in the studio to bleep out the word on the tape delay, but unfortunately, his comment went live.

What happened according to The Blaze:

It was just after 6am and the discussion kicking off the day was dealing with President Obama’s press conference from the day before. Regular MSNBC contributor and TIME Magazine editor Mark Halperin was asked his thoughts on the presser and he gave a rather unvarnished assessment:

At Ace of Spades HQ, Drew wondered why a guy, normally in Obama’s camp would be so off the reservation:

I’m not sure what the hell Halperin was reacting to but maybe it was just the thin skinned, immature and peevish nature of Obama’s grating personality was too much even for him.

Whatever the reason, he’s been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC and has apologized.

This is why Obama gives so few press conferences. When he is off-prompter, we see more glimpses of his true personality, and the more people see, the more they don’t like. We conservatives aren’t the only ones who have been noticing what a weird bird he is -  That press conference was a debacle.

I can’t help wondering if Halperin read Ace’s assessment of the speech, yesterday, which was very similar to his:

At any rate, you have to feel sorry for the guy — he really looked like he was ready to cry when he apologized after the commercial break. Look at his face:

“Joking aside, this is not a pro-forma apology, this is an absolute apology, heartfelt to the President and to the viewers, I became part of the joke, but that’s no excuse. I made a mistake and I’m sorry and I should not have said it, and as I say I apologize to the President and the viewers who heard me say that.”

I’m wondering, should this be considered just one isolated slip of the tongue, one deviation from the norm of  their slavish devotion, or are many in the MSM finally turning against “the One”?

Just yesterday, I was reading Warner Todd Huston’s piece at Big Journalism: Why Can’t Old Media Learn That Obama Has Contempt for Them?

This week we see the carping emanating from Politico’s On the Media blog. As it happens, Obama stiffed the White House Press Corps once again as far as many reporters are concerned.

The journalists were annoyed that Obama gave a speech in the East Room but treated it under the accepted rules as if it were a speech emanating from the Oval Office. The reason this is a big deal is because the speeches made in the Oval Office are limited press access.

Consequently, Obama limited the press access to this particular speech and excluded many of the journalists from the full press pool for the speech. As the AP complained, “Some reporters complained that this amounted to less access and that there was little chance of distraction in the East Room, the largest room in the building. The White House refused to change the ground rules.”

So, once again we see Obama trying to limit press access as much as possible to the consternation of the press. As I said, though, this has not been the only time the press has whined about access to Obama or how he treated them.

Read on as his lists many more examples of the Obama administration dissing the media.

It could be that the era of  the MSM’s  ‘slobbering love affair’  with Obama is well and truly over.

More excellent commentary from Ace: Official Liberal Funniness Rating: Bill Maher, Extremely Funny When He Calls Sarah Palin a C*** or a T***; Mark Halperin, Not Funny, When He Calls Obama A Dick

I noted a while ago that the press is in a fix here. On one hand, they know, to be considered “serious minded people,” they have to acknowledge the size of the debt problem, and of the demographic bomb we call entitlements. They have been talking up this problem since the 80s, at least.

All serious people know this. Even the liberal twits in the media who don’t really understand this have heard other serious people talking about this and so know this is the serious, thoughtful position to take.

The fix for the media, then, is that their boyfriend Obama is explicitly contradicting what serious people know about our debt crisis, and is behaving like a demagogic toddler about it.

Krauthammer’s  take on Obama’s demagoguery is priceless.

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Video: Sign The Pledge Petition

The petition comes via The Media Research Center:

Someone at NBC decided it would be a good idea to remove the words “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during one of their broadcasts. Citizens Against Religious Bigotry want to make sure this never happens again.

Were they following Obama’s lead? There will be more of this to come unless Americans stand up, and strongly object.

Hat tip: Brian B.

It looks like now that they think they’ve won the battle to corrupt the meaning of marriage, they’re working on the pledge. Conservatives must continue to stand athwart the left’s incessant cultural Marxism, and yell, “STOP!!!”

You can sign the Pledge Petition, here.

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Granny Jan Presents The Obama Press Conference Unplugged

Granny Jan doesn’t like the hypocritical b.s. she hears coming from this President, and she ain’t putting up with it for one minute.

Granny says she should have used a laugh track, but most of this stuff is more disturbing than funny; (“I called the leaders here, together, I said we gotta get this done. I put Vice President Biden in charge….”) Ay-yi-yi.

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Stop Action Photos: Newbie Asks Obama Her First Question

CNN reporter Jessica Yellin got her first chance to ask the President a question, today.

Jessica Yellin. Congratulations, your first question here.

Thank-you, Mr. President…

No pressure. You’re going to do great. (Laughter.)

Thank you. Your administration has laid out four different dates by which you’ve said that the debt ceiling must be raised or the U.S. would face potential dire consequences. Three of those dates have come and gone and we haven’t faced financial calamity. Some of your critics have argued that these are then scare tactics to force a deal. So why should the American people believe that the August 2nd deadline is the final deadline by which a deal must be raised? And would you also spell out for us what you believe will happen if the debt ceiling is not raised by that date?

Jessica, let’s  be clear….

See Ace of Spades HQ for more analysis of his presser: Obama: I’m Not Angry With You. I’m Just Disappointed.

and Obama’s Absolutely Unbelievable Press Conference

Video at Gateway Pundit.

Stop action photo idea borrowed from Doug Ross.

Video: Herman Cain Ad Takes Aim At Radical, Incompetent President

Good – Good – Good. Obama’s Marxist past isn’t yesterday’s news. It’s today’s news, and our candidates need to go after him on it:

Love the heartbeat. I’ve felt heartsick ever since the cad was elected.

Hat tip: Brian B.

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Video: Obama Asked About Operation Fast and Furious At Presser – Says “My” Att. General Has Made Clear He would Not Have Ordered “Inappropriate” Steps By ATF

Why do I get an overwhelming case of the shivering douchechills every time I see this guy? Is it the constant self-referrals, the smarmy disingenuousness? the outright lies? The smugness? What? Something about him is just so damn cringey:

Here’s what I think.

He knew, and Holder knew, because the idea was to flood Mexico with arms from American gun stores so they could blame the ensuing havoc on our gun laws. That seems to be what was happening until the whistleblowers’ charges changed the narrative.

And now they’re saying “inappropriate steps” were taken, and they’re going to totally get to the bottom of it, now that they’re done stonewalling because some kind of fix is in.

No wonder I can’t stop shivering.

Hat tip: Brian B.

Previously:

Fall Guy In Operation Fast and Furious Goes Down (One of the ATF Whistleblowers) UPDATE: ATF Chief, Melson Will Testify

Issa: Washington Post Report an “Outright Lie”

Judicial Watch President Sees Operation Fast And Furious As Anti-Gun political Ploy From Obama Administration

Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder

Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More

Video: Eric Holder Faces Contempt Charges For Obstructing Justice In Operation Fast and Furious Probe

Issa Promises a “Slew of Subpeonas” on Operation Fast and Furious

Holder On The Hot-Seat For Project Gunrunner

Video: Issa Subpoenas ATF to Break Through Its Stonewalling on Project Gunrunner

“Operation Fast and Furious” Needs To Be A Bigger Story

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Hump Day Link-Around

Eric Allie cartoon via Townhall.

Stop the presses, breaking news, this just in! Obama told another fib!!!  GET OUT! Obama told a lie? No friggin’ way. Not The Lightworker…Whoever heard of such a thing! Where can I learn more?

Hot Air:  Uh oh: White House caught lying about Petraeus’s withdrawal recommendations?

Why would the White House lie and claim that Obama’s withdrawal plan was within the range of options presented to him by Petraeus? I thought the next 18 months were going to be all about Obama going with his gut. Wingin’ it, if you will.

His gut told him that he needs to get reelected, and the easiest way to do that was to yank as many troops as possible out of the country no matter what it might mean for the war. That was the only “range of options” that mattered.

So he winged it.

In response to questioning from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Allen testified that Obama’s decision on the pace and size of Afghanistan withdrawals was “a more aggressive option than that which was presented.”

Graham pressed him. “My question is: Was that a option?”

Allen: “It was not.”

Allen’s claim, which came under oath, contradicts the line the White House had been providing reporters over the past week—that Obama simply chose one option among several presented by General David Petraeus. In a conference call last Wednesday, June 22, a reporter asked senior Obama administration officials about those options. “Did General Petraeus specifically endorse this plan, or was it one of the options that General Petraeus gave to the president?”

The senior administration official twice claimed that the Obama decision was within the range of options the military presented to Obama.

Live Stream || Obama Press Conference – June 29, 2011

Every single expert out there who is not involved in politics agrees with Obama on how to reduce the debt. EVERY one, people. Every single one. Nobody agrees with the stupid Republicans.

The Blaze: Here’s Hugo! Images Show Chavez on His Feet With Castro After Surgery in Cuba

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan state television broadcast videos and photographs Tuesday night showing a convalescing President Hugo Chavez meeting with Fidel Castro two weeks after undergoing urgent surgery in Cuba.

An aide to Venezuela’s president said the encounter in Cuba took place earlier in the day.

“We see him recovering,” Information Minister Andres Izarra said on state television as the short video clips and photographs were shown of Chavez standing and talking outdoors with Castro.

Rats!

Michigan congressman says he’s “something new” for presidential race (audio):

  During an interview with Radio Iowa, Thaddeus McCotter said Republicans don’t seem entirely satisfied with the field of candidates who are running.”Or are they looking for something that’s relatively new that they haven’t heard of before? So I think if you want to look at it in kind of an interesting way, you could be very thankful that you’re not a particularly well-known quantity at this point in time because the ones they do know they don’t particularly have an ardor for at this point in time,” McCotter said. “And again, I’m not saying if I get in they’ll love me either, but if you don’t ask, you’ll never know. At least that was the approach I took with my wife when we were dating.”

Check back, more to come, later.

Check out Zombie at PJ Media on Justice Justice:

No, I don’t have a stutter. What I want is justice for the word “justice” itself.

Because, you see, “justice” has been hijacked by the American left and is now their exclusive weapon. It is no longer a politically neutral word; whenever you see the word “justice” — especially preceded by another noun — it invariably is meant to convey some far-left position.

A History of Crimes Against Justice

The degradation of “justice” started with the phrase “social justice,” a concept which was originally only a religious term but which was later adopted (and re-defined) by the American left to have political connotations. Use of the word “justice” as a leftist buzzword was given a big boost in 1971 with the publication of A Theory of Justice by philosopher John Rawls, which focused on “justice” as the axle around which liberal thought rotated.

Let a Hundred Justices Bloom

In the mid-’70s, the end of the Vietnam War deprived the professional left of its main protest topic, so they cast around for something new to whine about. In the absence of any glaringly urgent crisis, such as a war, they settled on a scattershot array of issues which could be unified under the generalized label “social justice.” Any aspect of American society which was insufficiently leftist suddenly needed a good dose of “social justice” to rectify things.

 

 

Video: Allen West On The First Principles for National Security

Recently, Allen West spoke at a Center for Security Policy event in New York City, where he spoke on the national security threats America faces. This is long, and includes the question and answer period,   but worth listening to in full. Your eyes and ears are hungry for this.

There’s not a more knowledgeable person in Congress on the subject of national security, especially vis a vis threats from the Middle East, than Congressman West. And  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you — Allen West is a blunt man…he doesn’t cushion his words with PC garbage.

West: You can not have negotiations with a group of individuals that are the antithesis of everything you believe in.”

Thank-you.

More great lines from West:

“You can turn around an economy…You can make the American people as prosperous as they want to be, but if stuff starts going boom, again, it makes not  a hill of beans.”

“There are a group of people out there who are stuck on stupid, and you’re not going to get through to them…there’s a 60-65% who get it, and the other 30-35% we just have to save from themselves.”

I second that call from the member of the audience who asked, “Allen West for President?

Hat tip: Ann Barnhardt

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Video: Republicans Call For More Transparency In Debt Plan Negotiations

Why the secrecy???  On Fox News Special Report, Bill Kristol expressed his frustration:

“This is kind of important. We do have a tradition in this country that things are debated in Congress and in the media, and if legislation is going to be proposed, there are committee hearings… it’s all [being done] behind closed doors. I really think it’s bizarre.”

Senator John Thune made the same point with Martha McCallum, today:

“Many of these major negotiations are a handful of people, behind closed doors, and then you come out with a product and it’s a ‘take it or leave it’ thing… something all of us have been advocating is, let’s have a budget debate. We haven’t had a budget pass Congress now for 790 days… There is a way that we should be doing this. We have committee process, regular order, it’s all in the light of day. That’s how the budget process ought to be conducted.”

One of the unfortunate things that has come out of the budget negotiations, thus far, is the seeming acquiescence of Republicans to drastic cuts in military spending.

Marc Thiessen wrote in The Washington Post:

Republicans are letting the Democrats use the tax issue to extract concessions. GOP leaders need to realize that they are the ones with the leverage in these negotiations. What are Democrats going to say if GOP leaders simply refuse to go along with their demand for tax hikes or give them defense cuts in exchange? “Sorry, Mr. Speaker, no deal — let the country default”? Of course not. President Obama does not have the luxury of letting the debt-limit talks fail and then blaming the GOP for a government default. If the dire predictions of his treasury secretary are to be believed, the consequences of a default would be so calamitous that Obama cannot allow it to happen. He must sign whatever debt-limit increase Republicans give him.

This means Republicans hold all the cards. So why on earth are they even thinking about giving Obama deep cuts in national defense in exchange for dropping his demand for tax increases that he knows he will never get? In November, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that even a 10 percent cut from the Pentagon budget, roughly $55 billion, would be “catastrophic” to the U.S. military. Obama has already cut more than $400 billion in defense programs since taking office, and he has proposed an additional $400 billion in defense cuts over the next 10 years.

As Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute has pointed out, if these cuts are enacted, the Obama administration will have chopped more than $800 billion from the Pentagon’s previously planned spending. In other words, our men and women in uniform will effectively be paying for Obama’s failed stimulus with cutbacks in needed equipment, training and force structure. Is that really what the GOP wants to do? Pay for the stimulus on the backs of our military? If Republicans really aspire to be constitutional conservatives, their first responsibility is to provide for the common defense. Congressional Republicans should not be a party to Obama’s plan to hollow out our military — they should fight it.

Is it not sickeningly predictable that the Dems would choose the military for the bulk of their cuts?

NRO spoke with Senator Sessions about the debt negotiations impasse:

Part of the problem, he argues, is Washington’s obsession with “secret groups” and commissions. Lawmakers would be much closer to a deal if they had simply followed the regular budget process. House Republicans did so in April when they formally adopted “The Path to Prosperity” under the leadership of House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.). Unfortunately, Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has opted to hold off on releasing a Democratic budget proposal as long as bipartisan talks are underway.

Sessions has been agitating for an open budget process for months. “The American people deserve to know where their elected leaders stand,” he says. Democrats are afraid, he argues, to introduce, and subsequently vote on, a budget that dramatically increases taxes. Conrad has even said he was considering a one-to-one ratio of spending cuts to tax hikes. By comparison, the president’s bipartisan deficit commission recommended a ratio of three-to-one.

“They cannot bring forth a budget their members support that the American people will support, and they understand that,” Sessions said in a recent interview with Fox News. He also suggests that Reid has spurned any budget-related floor action in order to avoid exposing a rift within the Democratic party, specifically when it comes to taxes. As Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) told reporters last month: “The 51 votes are actually on our side of the issue, not theirs.”So is the public. In a recent Bloomberg poll of U.S. adults, 55 percent said that spending cuts, combined with tax cuts, would be the best way to grow the economy, while 61 percent said they would not be willing to pay higher taxes to reduce the deficit. Just 36 percent were willing to pay more.

Obama’s approval rating on the economy just hit an  all-time low of 37%…

It’s the Dems who have the weak hand, here. Why would the Repubs  be making concessions, especially ones that hurt the military?

House Republicans of all people should know there are plenty of other things that can be cut.

Also reporting on calls for proposals in debt negotiations to be publicly vetted are Power Line, and the Daily Caller.

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Fall Guy In Operation Fast and Furious Goes Down (One of the ATF Whistleblowers) UPDATE: ATF Chief, Melson Will Testify

While ATF Chief, Kenneth Melson   refuses to step down, ATF whistleblower, Agent Vince Cefalu, who has worked for the ATF for 24 years, was  terminated last week, he believes because they want to make an example out of him:

The Blaze reports:

Apparently Fox News has been in contact with Cefalu for months, reporting that:

Cefalu first told FoxNews.com about the ATF’s embattled anti-gun smuggling operation in December, before the first reports on the story appeared in February. “Simply put, we knowingly let hundreds of guns and dozens of identified bad guys go across the border,” Cefalu said at the time.

Since then, Cefalu’s claims have been vindicated, as a number of agents with first-hand knowledge of the case came forward. The scandal over Project Gunrunner led to congressional hearings, a presidential reprimand – Obama called the operation “a serious mistake” – and speculation that ATF chief Ken Melson will resign.

Fox News also makes the case that the ATF lately has made a habit of going after whistleblowers:

Cefalu’s dismissal follows a string of allegations that the ATF retaliates against whistleblowers. When the Project Gunrunner scandal broke, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote the ATF that an agent who had been giving his staff members information about the scandal had been “allegedly accused… of misconduct” by the agent’s boss for talking with Grassley’s staffers.

Also at the Blaze, you can view the one year old CNN video of Cefalu discussing how he was paid $150,000 a year to do nothing in response to his ATF criticisms.

Katie Pavlich at TownHall reported on the ATF’s tendency to retaliate against whistleblowers:

ATF has a history of retaliation against agents who don’t fall in line with orders, even when those orders break the law or are unethical. Last week, Congressman Darrell Issa warned ATF and Justice Department officials against retaliation toward agents who come forward with valuable information about corruption within the system. Issa sent a letter expressing his concern to ATF Deputy Director William J. Hoover:

I write to request your assurance that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) will not retaliate against witnesses who have provided information to this Committee. I make this request in light of the fact that on June 15, 2011, in a hearing before the Committee entitled “operation Fast and Furious: Reckless Decisions, Tragic Outcomes,” three veteran ATF special agents gave testimony highly critical of the ATF. They should not face reprisals of any kind for their testimony. No other ATF employees who cooperate with Congress should face retaliation either.

The Committee relies on whistleblowers to conduct unvarnished and thorough oversight. Witnesses who choose to coorporate with the Committe must be confident that they can provide information without fear of punishment.

Cefalu was dismissed two days after Issa sent the letter to Hoover.

During the second hearing on Capitol Hill about Operation Fast and Furious before the Oversight Committeon June 15, 2011, Assitant Attorney General Ronald Weich testifed under oath there would be no retaliation toward whistleblowers.

“I want to assure the committee — I think a number of Members raised this — that the Department of Justice will not, would never, retaliate against whistleblowers.”

I’m speechless…

More via Politisite:

In May, (2010) Cefalu did a three part interview with CNN b Anderson Cooper, concerning problems in the ATF; since then, he has only been given 122 minutes worth of work, not the usual investigative work, he was instructed to change batteries or fill up cars with gasoline.

He has endured seven internal affairs investigations, since he blew the whistle, with an attorney present, he answered every question.

He represents dozens of other officers with grievances against the ATF and if he is terminated or retired early, he thinks the ATF will consider those grievances dead..

Cefalu maintains that there should be prosecutions in the failed Operation Fast and Furious, AKA as Gunwalker.

UPDATE:

Hot Air: Melson to testify on Fast & Furious as part of deal in Senate:

The embargo on documents and testimony from the ATF on Project Gunwalker/Operation Fast and Furious appears to have ended.  According to the Daily Beast last night, a deal brokered between Senators Pat Leahy and Charles Grassley will bring ATF chief Kenneth Melson, other witnesses, and a large set of documents to Congress as it probes the ATF and the Department of Justice’s gunrunning sting operation gone horribly awry.

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Bob Owens handicaps the potential outcomes for Pajamas Media.  He considers the option for Melson to take the fall himself to still be possible, but notes that Melson could easily have already done this.  Why wait?  The next step up from Melson is the DoJ’s Criminal Division head Lanny Breuer.  Breuer personally authorized a wiretap for Gunwalker, so he is already involved.  Breuer, though, is an old political hand that would resign in a heartbeat to shield others from responsibility.  It’s when it gets above Breuer that the stakes get interesting:

3. Breuer isn’t the highest link in the chain: Melson implicates Attorney General Eric Holder.

Chairman Issa states that AG Holder “absolutely” knew about Gunwalker earlier than he testified that he did, and if Issa has the evidence to prove that the attorney general is part of a cover-up, then there is every reason to suspect Holder will be forced to resign, or will face impeachment.

This is a far more likely scenario than many think.

4. Collateral damage.

There is the distinct possibility that Lanny Breuer and Eric Holder are not the only administration officials that run the risk of going down as a result of their roles in Gunwalker and its cover-up. While ATF and their parent organization the Department of Justice were ultimately responsible for the operation, other executive branch departments were involved.

The Department of Homeland Security played a role in Gunwalker, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano would possibly be kept abreast of Gunwalker since she was both the former governor of Arizona and the state’s attorney general from 1999-2002. Lesser-ranking figures within DHS and other agencies were certainly involved, but Napolitano is the cabinet-level official other than Eric Holder who would have most likely known about Gunwalker.

Ace suspects the fix may be in. So do I….

Don’t get your hopes up too high because Leahy wouldn’t agree to this if it was going to wipe out Eric Holder.

We are dealing with the most corrupt administration, ever, after all. These people are  brazen.
To me, the firing of the whistleblower was a bad omen.

Previously:

Issa: Washington Post Report an “Outright Lie”

Judicial Watch President Sees Operation Fast And Furious As Anti-Gun political Ploy From Obama Administration

Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder

Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More

Video: Eric Holder Faces Contempt Charges For Obstructing Justice In Operation Fast and Furious Probe

Issa Promises a “Slew of Subpeonas” on Operation Fast and Furious

Holder On The Hot-Seat For Project Gunrunner

Video: Issa Subpoenas ATF to Break Through Its Stonewalling on Project Gunrunner

“Operation Fast and Furious” Needs To Be A Bigger Story

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Video: Voices Of Recovery – A Businessman Speaks Out

Via The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee:

 “Voices of Recovery: Neil’s Story,” a new video telling the story of Charleston, S.C. small business Dunhill Staffing, whose future is in doubt because of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented application of labor regulations to stop Boeing from hiring up to 3500 workers for a new plant in South Carolina. Before the NLRB suit, Dunhill Staffing Systems grew to support seven South Carolina workers and their families since opening in 2001, placing hundreds of employees into new jobs despite 10% unemployment in the state.

American Job Creators is part of an ongoing conversation between Congress and the people we serve about the regulatory reform to support private-sector job growth.

Also from Oversight and Reform: “Let’s Fix This”

Republicans have their work cut out for them. I can guaran-damn-tee you the answer to our problems is NOT for the federal government to “partner” with businesses (picking winners and losers) like Obama is doing with his heinous, “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership”.

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“O.M.G”: Obama/ Boehner Golf Video

I got a chuckle out of this:

H/T: Noisy Room.

On a side note:

WH Dossier on Sunday: Obama Golfs Twice This Weekend – 75th Time as President

Obama’s 75 times golfing since Inauguration Day includes 17 outings just this year. He made it thirteen weekends in a row Saturday with a trip out to the Andrews Air Force Base course.

The president today is at the Fort Belvoir couse, taking along a couple of his usual crew of younger staffers but also White House Chief of Staff William Daley.

Mrs. Obama is headed home today from a weeklong trip to southern Africa – but not in time to keep her husband off the golf course.

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As QE2 Ends, What’s Next For The US Enonomy?

A guest post by ND’s hubby:

QE2 or the second round of the Fed’s quantitative easing is coming to an end this week.  What did this euphemistic printing press accomplish for the economy and is there a QE3 in the works?  This Fed monetary policy effectively purchased 600 billion dollars of debt from banks with money it created electronically.  No need for the press in this day and age to expand the money supply.  It is considered by some the ultimate Ponzi scheme.  The illusion created is attractive treasury notes and low inflation leading to consumer confidence and speculation (spending).  Deflation, as in The Great Depression,  is avoided and mortgage rates are kept low.

Look at some of the key results….

Unemployment:

The following is a June 3rd report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the unemployment picture. We all know this because we hear about it every week.

“Nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+54,000) in May, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 9.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

reported today. Job gains continued in professional and business services, health care, and mining. Employment levels in other major private-sector industries were

little changed, and local government employment continued to decline.”

Unemployment is staying at 9% while some government agencies have started to pare their workforce for lack of revenue,

How about trying to keep the inflation in check? Here is inflation data annualized by month as reported by InflationData.com. Inflation is on the move up.

Commodities:

Has anyone noticed the rise in commodity prices at the grocery store?

Here is a six month price index chart for food and beverage from indexmundi.com

Most food and other ag commodities are directly affected by fuel prices for production and transportation. The lag time of the affect is difficult to pinpoint on the whole industry but it is safe to say that the 2011 crops for human and animal consumptions are going to put tremendous upward price pressure delivered goods.  Other non food markets to get hit are cotton, corn ( for Ethanol ), and soybeans used for byproducts. Contributing factors the reduce in this year’s supply from drought in the South and record flooding in the Midwest. If it is a commodity that is planted and harvested it is going to see a big price jump soon. We can call that inflation, too.

Mortgage Rates:

The rates for mortgages are great. Problem is there is no demand..

A report from RealtyTrac.com:

“Second, while the inventory of properties in the  foreclosure process has declined steadily over the past six months — thanks in  large part to 16 consecutive months of year-over-year declines in new default  notices — the inventory of unsold bank-owned REOs increased in April and May  even as new REO activity slowed in both of those months,” Saccacio continued.  “That points to continued weak demand from buyers, making it tough for lenders  to unload their REO inventory. Even at a significantly lower level than a year  ago, the new supply of REOs exceeds the amount being sold each month.

Consumers are not buying cars, houses or durable goods as the FED hoped.  Payroll counts are at record lows and unemployment is high while inflation is making a move. When the QE2 medicine wears off speculators are sure to drive prices up when the volatility ensues.

So what can hold that in check? QE3 – maybe and for a while. Sooner or later the debt and underlying disease will have to be dealt with. We will have to “cut our way to prosperity”. Buying up your own debt to repay others didn’t work for Charles Ponzi and it won’t work for the FED.

See also:

Zero Hedge: We’re in A Recession That Started In April

Zero Hedge: We’re in A Recession That Started In April

I think this is what economists call, “a double dip recession”, a rare phenomenon which has only happened three other times in our nation’s history.

Zero Hedge reports:

There may be those among the less than brainwashed lemmingerati out there who have noticed what, as we have pointed out for the past month when reporting on the various manufacturing and regional Fed indices, has been an epic collapse in the appropriate data series. As John Lohman so kindly demonstrates, the two month implosion has been beyond epic, and while certainly the biggest drop in the past decade, may also be the all time worst ever. To the point of this post: the last time we had an economic contraction of this magnitude was back in February of 2008, which was two months into the most acute recession in post-depression history. We are confident that once the groupthink wraps its head around the fact that the auto production based renaissance is not coming, and the economy officially tumbles into the commode of Ben Bernanke’s fiat dungeon, the NBER will determine (with an appropriate 12-18 month delay), that the current recession started in April of 2011.

See chart at site.

Not to worry, though, thanks to Obama’s $500 million new, Advanced Manufacturing Partnership “jumpstart”, we are going to be sitting pretty in no time.

I am so excited that the federal government is committed to “nation building here at home”, and has decided to “partner” with 11 major corporations, including Caterpiller, Corning, Dow Chemical, Ford, Honeywell, Intel, Johnson and Johnson, Allegheny Technologies, Stryker and Proctor and Gamble. And how wonderful for us all that it is based, in part, on the recommendations of Obama’s brilliant Science Czar, John Holdren:

In his Friday speech at Pittsburgh as he announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, Obama also put a focus on government “investment” in “clean energy” and pointed to the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler as successes.

“If we want a robust, growing economy, we need a robust, growing manufacturing sector.  That’s why we told the auto industry two years ago that if they were willing to adapt, we’d stand by them.  Today, they’re profitable, they’re creating jobs, and they’re repaying taxpayers ahead of schedule,” said Obama.

“That’s why we’ve launched a partnership to retrain workers with new skills.  That’s why we’ve invested in clean energy manufacturing and new jobs building wind turbines and solar panels and advanced batteries,” he said.

The White House said the creation of the government-corporate partnership program was based on a recomendation by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST). PCAST is co-chaired by John Holdren, head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions, a 1973 book that he co-authored with Paul Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, Holdren and his co-authors wrote: “A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States.”

“De-development means bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.

“Resources must be diverted from frivolous and wasteful uses in overdeveloped countries to filling the genuine needs of underdeveloped countries,” Holdren and his co-authors wrote. “This effort must be largely political, especially with regard to our overexploitation of world resources, but the campaign should be strongly supplemented by legal and boycott action against polluters and others whose activities damage the environment. The need for de-development presents our economists with a major challenge. They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.”

In a videotaped interview with CNSNews.com in September 2010, reporter Nicholas Ballays asked Holdren what he meant by a campaign to de-develop the United States.

“What we meant by that was stopping the kinds of activities that are destroying the environment and replacing them with activities that would produce both prosperity and environmental quality,” said Holdren. “Thanks a lot.”

Ballasy followed-up: “And how do you plan on implementing that?”

“Through the free market economy,” Holdren said.

See video of Holdren explaining his call for de-developing the United States at CNS News.

John Holdren, you may remember, co-wrote the radical enviro-wacko book, Ecoscience, with Paul and Ann Ehrlich.

Per Zombie’s  July 2009 report, we learned the book advocated:

• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;
• Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
• People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
• A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.

Previously:

The New Eugenics

John Holdren Urging People To Use Term: “Global Climate Disruption” Instead of “Global Warming”

Video: Glenn Beck Covers Obama Science Czar Story

Obama’s Radical Science Czar

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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