Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sen. Noreen Evans blasts House Republicans

Sen. Noreen Evans blasts House Republicans
State Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, chair of the California Women's Caucus, blasted Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday for proposing legislation that would prohibit federal funding to any entity that performs or funds an abortion....

Despite pledge for 'aggressive' talks with GOP, Obama has never called House Budget Committee chairman...

Paul Ryan's Charge Up Entitlement Hill - The GOP's fiscal leader explains why House Republicans will vote to reform Medicare and why the public is ready to listen. - Wall St. Journal via Drudge
What's the White House political calculation behind its budget? "The fiscal strategy is to hang on to all the government we've grown, and hopefully rhetoric will get us through the moment. It strikes me as a posture or position to keep the gains of the last two years in place—the bump up in discretionary spending, the creation of these new entitlements—to lock in their gains, bank their wins, and then hang on through the rest of this year. And they believe they have the flourishing rhetorical skills to navigate the politics in the meantime," Mr. Ryan says.

He adds he was hoping for more, counting on at least some leadership on Social Security, but "we've seen triangulation in rhetoric, not in substance."

Friday, February 18, 2011

Big moves

House blocks health care law funds... - usatoday
Specifically, the House voted to prohibit any funds be used by the Internal Revenue Service to carry out the law's mandate that Americans buy health insurance. The individual mandate, one of the law's key tenets, has been struck down by federal courts.

The House also adopted an amendment by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., to bar the Labor and Health and Human Services Departments from spending any money for the rest of fiscal year 2011 on the health care law. Still another provision adopted today would ban the government from paying the salaries of any federal employee involved in implementing the health care law.

Votes to defund Planned Parenthood... - politico
Blocks 'net neutrality' funds... - nationaljournal
Defund-a-palooza: Planned Parenthood, Obamacare on notice - Michelle Malkin
Alaska Governor Refuses to Enact Health-Care Law - Wall St. Journal
Government shutdown is likely, Pelosi aide says - politico

All eyes are on Wisconsin

All eyes are on Wisconsin, but several other state budgets are on the brink. Over 40 states are facing a combined projected shortfall of $125 billion for the fiscal year of 2012. The hardest hit are California, facing a $25.5 billion gap, Texas at $13 billion, Illinois at $15 billion, New York $9 billion and New Jersey at $10.5 billion.

Protestors Take State Capitol in Wisconsin - Obama Says Wisconsin Governor Is Assaulting Unions; State Sen. Mark Miller Says 'This Is a Disaster'via Drudge

A handful of states, including Massachusetts, are considering abolishing their presidential primaries — mainly because there's not enough money in the budget - politico

Trouble in Wisconsin—and elsewhere - neoneocon
Like a Broken Clock Twice a Day… - The Other McCain
occasionally Joe Klein is right: "Revolutions everywhere–in the middle east, in the middle west. But there is a difference: in the middle east, the protesters are marching for democracy; in the middle west, they’re protesting against it. I mean, Isn’t it, well, a bit ironic that the protesters in Madison, blocking the state senate chamber, are chanting “Freedom, Democracy, Union” while trying to prevent a vote? Isn’t it ironic that the Democratic Senators have fled the democratic process? Isn’t it interesting that some of those who –rightly — protest the assorted Republican efforts to stymie majority rule in the U.S. Senate are celebrating the Democratic efforts to stymie the same in the Wisconsin Senate?"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"I urge the president to order the DNC to suspend these tactics."


Boehner wades into Wisconsin labor battle, backing GOP governor - thehill
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stepped into the heated labor debate in Wisconsin on Thursday, backing GOP Gov. Scott Walker's proposed reforms to collective bargaining rights. 
Boehner released a statement on Thursday afternoon backing Walker and his package of aggressive labor reforms that would force increased contributions by state workers to benefits and pension plans, and limit collective bargaining rights for some.
“Republicans in Congress — and reform-minded GOP governors like Scott Walker, John Kasich and Chris Christie — are daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges Americans face at all levels of government, and daring to commit themselves to solutions that will liberate our economy and help put our citizens on a path to prosperity," Boehner said in a statement. "I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth...."
The GOP Speaker referred specifically to an interview President Obama gave on Wednesday to Milwaukee television, in which he called the new law an "assault on unions." What's more, the Wisconsin chapter of the president's political arm within the Democratic National Committee (DNC), worked to promote rallies against the new law. 
Boehner called on Obama to have the DNC stand down in Wisconsin. 
"The White House has even unleashed the Democratic National Committee to spread disinformation and confusion in Wisconsin regarding the governor’s courageous actions," he said. "I urge the president to order the DNC to suspend these tactics."

Wisconsin (Democrat) lawmakers flee state to block anti-union bill
MADISON, Wis. – Faced with a near-certain Republican victory that would end a half-century of collective bargaining for public workers, Wisconsin Democrats retaliated with the only weapon they had left: They fled.
Madison schools, others closed amid call for demonstrations
Obama On Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law: An "Assault On Unions"
Budget Battle: Democrats Who Left State are Located at a resort.
Wis. Gov. Walker calls Democrat boycott a 'stunt.'

Peter Hannaford: The Day That Isn't

THE NATION'S PULSE: The Day That Isn't The American Spectator Online

Next Monday, February 21, will be the Washington's Birthday Holiday. That is what it's been ever since an Act of Congress created it in 1880 to honor the nation's first president. Forty years ago, however, it metamorphosed into "Presidents' Day." How did this happen?

Beginning in 1951 a fellow named Harold Stonebridge Fischer created the Presidents' Day National Committee. He became its executive director. Over the next two decades he lobbied tirelessly to have such a day become law. He favored March 4, the original presidential inauguration day, as the date for his creation. Alas for Harold, it never happened, although it gave him twenty years of steady employment.

The bill stalled in the Senate Judiciary committee because its members were worried that a new holiday squeezed in on the heels of Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays would be too costly to the government. Nevertheless, during the years of the lobbying, a majority of state governors officially proclaimed March 4 as Presidents' Day. Not much came of this, however, because it wasn't a holiday.

Up through 1970 the Washington's Birthday Holiday was celebrated on the first president's birthday, February 22, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell. That year, Congress began to debate the relative virtue of moving several stand-alone holidays to nearby Mondays. Members reasoned it would be less disruptive for the government workforce, would cut down on overtime and would be equally beneficial to business workforces. It also promised the additional benefits of increased retail sales and happier citizens who would enjoy three-day weekends. It passed.

Thus, on January 1, 1971, the new Uniform Monday Holiday Act shifted Washington's Birthday Holiday from his actual birthday to the third Monday in February. (Several other holidays also shifted to Mondays.) The birthday kept its original name and still does.

Before long to some, "Washington's Birthday" seemed like an odd name for a holiday that always fell on the same Monday, somewhere between Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays. Lincoln aficionados, of course, probably welcomed the confusion, for now the new dating could be made to honor both great presidents.

Some think that the Washington's Birthday Holiday was re-named "Presidents' Day" by an executive order from then-President Richard Nixon. Now, Nixon can be blamed for many things, but "Presidents' Day" is not one of them. There was no executive order.

Instead, we can pin it on the not-so-humble used car and mattress salesmen of America. Here was a three-day holiday from out of the blue -- what a glorious time to hold mammoth sales -- just when everyone was tired of winter and wanted to get out of the house. Soon they began proclaiming "Presidents' Day" sales and we've had them ever since.

Then the news media, always nosey but rarely curious, swallowed Presidents' Day whole and thus the entire nation seemed to think it was the writ of the land.

For decades, before Washington's name was crowded off what is still officially his holiday, it gave us a day to think about his accomplishments: winning the war of independence; holding together a fragile young republic. Now, instead we have a day that supposedly honors all presidents, but when one honors all, one honors none. To most people, it is just another three-holiday, except for mattress and used car salesmen, for whom it is three days of nirvana.
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Mr. Hannaford is a former member of the Mount Vernon Advisory Committee.

Peter Hannaford

Peter was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan for a number of years, beginning in the 1970s. He was vice chairman of the Governor’s Consumer Fraud Task Force, then the governor’s sole public appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board, then Assistant to the Governor and Director of Public Affairs in the Governor’s Office, Sacramento.

When Mr. Reagan’s second term expired, Peter and another senioir aide, Michael Deaver, founded a public affairs/public relations firm in Los Angeles (Deaver & Hannaford, Inc.) and Mr. Reagan became their lead client. They managed his public program until his election as president. In his 1976 campaign for the presidential nomination, Peter was his co-director of issues and research. In the 1980 campaign he was senior communications consultant to Mr. Reagan.

With the Reagan victory in November 1980, both men could not go into the White House. Mike Deaver did, as deputy chief of staff, while Peter continued with the company to manage it. He movedits headquarters to Washington, D.C. During the Reagan years he was involved in a number of volunteer activities including membership on the United States Information Agency’s Public Relations Advisory Committee, the board of trustees of the White House Preservation Fund, consultant to the President’s Privatization Commission and active in the President’s Private Sector Initiatives program.

After nearly three decades in Washington, Peter returned to his native state of California in 2006.
He remains a member of the board of directors of the Washington-based Committee on the Present Danger and a senior counselor of APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based public affairs/strategic communications firm. Currently, he is chairman of the Humboldt County Republican Party and lives in Eureka.

He is the author of 11 books (most of them about U.S. presidents) and a frequent contributor to opinion magazines and their online editions.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Paul Ryan: the Mayans were wrong--the world doesn't end in 2012. According to the CBO, it ends in 2037.

[On the President's budget]
...It has a $1.6 trillion tax increase. Doubles the debt in five years. Triples it in ten years. Adds $13 trillion in new debt over the course of his budget. Borrow, spend, tax -- and does nothing... let me repeat that... nothing to decrease the drivers of our debt. It adds to the problem.

I was incredulous. I really was expecting something different... given that he formed a fiscal commission, I was on the fiscal commission... he told us we have a serious problem, we've got to deal with it, let's go forward... he didn't even put any of the fiscal commission recommendations in here.

His discretionary spending levels are way above what was recommended by the fiscal commission. And [it] was stacked with Democrats, so he's to the left of his fiscal commission, he's not addressing the debt and deficit crisis, and what this does for economic growth -- it costs us jobs... he's doubling down on what he's done the last two years. And, candidly, I thought we'd see... triangulation. A little moderation after the last election. And, unfortunately, he decided not to do that......

Shasta Republicans welcome Peter Hannaford


A celebration of the birthdays of former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. The guest speaker will be Peter Hannaford, Public Relations mastermind for Ronald Reagan.

February 19, 2011
at The Community Center; 1887 Howard St.; Anderson, CA
Social Hour: 5:00, Dinner at 6:30
Tri-Tip and Chicken Dinner

For tickets and information: Ann Meyer (530) 722-1094 or Email: anfmeyer@charter.net
Tickets: $25 12 and Under $12.50 Tables of 10 $250

Monday, February 14, 2011

Victor Davis Hanson sums it up for you

Victor Davis Hanson sums it up for you - neo-neocon
Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt - Victor Davis Hanson at National Review

On the budget...



News:
Obama unveils $3.7T budget blueprint - washingtontimes
Debt now equals total U.S. economy - washingtontimes
President Obama projects that the gross federal debt will top $15 trillion this year, officially equalling the size of the entire U.S. economy, and will jump to nearly $21 trillion in five years’ time.

Amid the other staggering numbers in the budget Mr. Obama sent to Congress on Monday, the debt stands out — both because Congress will need to vote to raise the debt limit later this year, and because the numbers are so large.

Mr. Obama‘s budget said 2011 will see the biggest one-year jump in debt in history, or nearly $2 trillion in a single year. And the administration says it will reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, to reach 102.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) — the first time since World War II that dubious figure has been reached.

In one often-cited study, two economists have argued that when gross debt passes 90 percent it hinders overall economic growth.

The president’s budget said debt as a percentage of GDP will top out at 106 percent in 2013, but only if the economy booms.

“I still don’t see a sense of urgency from the president about the massive federal debt,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican.
Add it all together, and this budget is a ten-year, $1.5 trillion tax hike over present law. That’s $1.5 trillion taken out of the economy and spent on government instead of being used to create jobs... There is virtually no new tax relief relative to present law in the President’s budget. - atr.org
AIRLINES: New fees would be $2 billion tax increase on flyers... - yahoo news via drudge
What Could You Do With $3.73 Trillion? - nationaljournal
White House Expects Deficit to Spike to $1.65 Trillion - wsj
Geithner Quietly Tells Obama Debt-to-GDP Cost Poised to Increase to Record - bloomberg
Boehner warns: 'We're broke' as Obama plans to increase speed of spending cuts to $1.1trillion - dailymail.co.uk
Obama budget resurrects rejected tax increases - yahoo news via drudge
Sessions: With Budget Proposal, President Has Failed To Lead On Debt - video, FOX

Discussions:
Video: Obama unveils surreal, catastrophic new budget - hotair
Obama's $3.7 trillion budget. - althouse
Seizing the Future: Budget battle in Washington; Obama: “Live within our means”…by spending into oblivion - michellemalkin
Hill brawl awaits Obama’s ‘12 budget - lucianne
------re: Washington Times article: Hill brawl awaits Obama’s 2012 budget - lawmakers bent on cutting costs

Getting it from both sides:
UNKIND CUTS - Obama's Proposed Budget Cuts To Target Working Poor, Middle Class - huffingtonpost
Obama Can't Balance Budget With Social Spending Cuts - huffingtonpost

Sunday, February 13, 2011

THEY SAID IT BEST


“Public opinion sets the bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” --James Madison, fourth president of the United States, 1791