Saturday, March 12, 2011

Meg Whitman rules out 2012 Senate bid

Meg Whitman rules out 2012 Senate bid - sacbee.com/capitolalert
Ms. Whitman, who was CEO of the online-auction company for a decade until 2008, said that she likely will campaign for Republican Mitt Romney in the next presidential race. She also said she will continue to serve on the boards of several organizations, including the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, which hosted a conference Friday where she moderated a panel discussion on the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook.

During that panel, Ms. Whitman said that she thinks the country’s fiscal situation is going to get worse before it gets better. She predicted there won’t be enough political will to make structural change until Americans more acutely feel the negative consequences of the country’s fiscal woes.

How You Can Help the Victims of the Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

links at FOX
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - Includes list of Charities providing relief. (see below)
◼ The American Red Cross International Relief Fund is stationed in the affected areas. Text REDCROSS to 90999 from your cell phone to donate $10.00 to the Red Cross. Click here to donate.

The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. To contribute, text 'JAPAN' or 'QUAKE' to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Click here to donate.

Global Giving is taking donations that go toward several charities that have sent emergency relief workers to the pacific area. You can go to www.globalgiving.org and click on 'Japan Earthquake' and Tsunami Relief Fund. Choose from an amount of $25, $50 or $75 dollars and click "give now. " Click here to donate.

The International Medical Corps are putting together relief teams that will bring supplies to those most in need. You can text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10 or go to their website. Click here to donate.

◼ You can access other organizations and charities that are providing assistance through Network for Good. Click here to go to the Networkforgood.org site.

Providing Relief to Japan Without Getting Scammed
Scammers often create charities that don’t exist, or have similar names to other charities that are reputable to dupe donors into contributing, he said. First and foremost, donors should never give money over the phone—even if a charity sounds promising.
“Go online first, and make sure it is a registered charity, or 501c3 organization,” Berger said. “The same rules apply when it comes to emails—be wary of email solicitations. The bottom line is to do a bit of research, don’t immediately give....”

While many may believe that texting in their donations is the fastest way to give, donating online is even quicker. Text-to-give campaigns often take up to 90 days to process payment and get it into the charity’s hands, he said.

As for choosing the right charity, Berger said that giving to long-established charities is always a good place to start. In the case of donating for Japanese relief, going with a charity that has been working on the ground in that country for a long time, like the American Red Cross, is also important. For a list of organizations doing relief work in Japan, click here.

Finally, Berger said that donors should remember that in disaster situations cash is king. It may feel good to donate food, supplies and clothing, but these items can’t always get quickly into the hands of those most in need, and can get stuck in the states or on a runway for long periods of time before being delivered.

“Cash gives a charity the flexibility to purchase things on the ground,” he said.

Charities Providing Relief: (ratings at link)
Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA ★ ★ ★ ★
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee ★ ★ ★ ★
AmeriCares ★ ★ ★ ★
Architecture for Humanity ★ ★ ★ ★
Catholic Medical Mission Board ★ ★ ★ ★
Convoy of Hope ★ ★ ★ ★
Direct Relief International ★ ★ ★ ★
Doctors Without Borders, USA ★ ★ ★ ★
Food for the Hungry ★ ★ ★ ★
International Rescue Committee ★ ★ ★ ★
Relief International ★ ★ ★ ★
Save the Children ★ ★ ★ ★
Stop Hunger Now ★ ★ ★ ★
World Vision ★ ★ ★ ★
American Red Cross ★ ★ ★
GlobalGiving ★ ★ ★
International Medical Corps ★ ★ ★
Mercy Corps ★ ★ ★
Operation USA ★ ★ ★
Oxfam America ★ ★ ★
Samaritan's Purse ★ ★ ★
ShelterBox USA ★ ★ ★

Iowa House passes collective bargaining bill

Iowa House passes collective bargaining bill - Breitbart
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has approved a bill that overhauls the state's collective bargaining law and reduces workers' negotiating rights.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is not expected to pass. Republicans who support the bill control the House, while Democrats have a majority in the Senate.

The measure would force state workers to pay at least $100 a month toward the cost of their health care and would not allow them to negotiate layoff procedures.

Senate Democrats say they have no intention of allowing debate on it.

Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant
Japan: Tremor Follows Blast At Nuclear Plant
Explosion did not occur at reactor, new cooling operation begins - kyodonews
Now a third reactor - Reuters
Japan Fukushima nuclear plant faces new reactor problem
SIXTH NUKE REACTOR FAILS - kyodonews
The utility supplier notified the government early Sunday morning that the No. 3 reactor at the No. 1 Fukushima plant had lost the ability to cool the reactor core. The reactor is now in the process of releasing radioactive steam, according to top government spokesman Yukio Edano.

It was the sixth reactor overall at the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 plants to undergo cooling failure since the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck Japan on Friday.

Friday, March 11, 2011

House panel votes to bar EPA tailpipe emission regulations

House panel votes to bar EPA tailpipe emission regulations
Washington— A House panel approved a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating tailpipe emissions — but the measure's future is uncertain.
The bill sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., would overturn a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said the EPA has the legal right to regulate tailpipe emissions as a danger to public health under the Clean Air Act.

The committee's Energy and Power subcommittee, after two hours of debate, approved the measure by a voice vote. House Republicans are putting the measure on a fast track, with opening statements planned for Monday by the full committee and a vote by the full House later this month....
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Gov Scott Walker rescinds WI public sector employee layoff notices

Gov Scott Walker rescinds WI public sector employee layoff notices - Protein Wisdom
Walker’s statement: - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Legislature helped us save 1,500 middle-class jobs by moving forward this week with the budget repair. The state will now be able to realize $30 million in savings to balance the budget and allow 1,500 state employees to keep their jobs. The reforms contained in this legislation, which require modest health care and pension contributions from all public employees, will help put Wisconsin on a path to fiscal sustainability.
While tough budget choices certainly still lie ahead, both state and local units of government will not have to do any mass layoffs or direct service reductions because of the reforms contained in the budget repair bill. Moving forward the hard-working, professional public sector employees who show up to work every day and do an excellent job will help ensure Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.

Jesse Jackson responds: “Keeping jobs at the expense of losing union power is unconscionable, unsustainable, unpalatable, irretrievable....
Wisconsin Governor Rescinds Layoff Notices - NYT
“While tough budget choices certainly still lie ahead, both state and local units of government will not have to do any mass layoffs or direct service reductions because of the reforms contained in the budget repair bill,” Mr. Walker said in a statement Friday morning. “Moving forward, the hardworking, professional public sector employees who show up to work every day and do an excellent job will help ensure Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.”

What the Unions Fear

What the Unions Fear - Peter Hannaford at The American Spectator
Demonstrators at the Wisconsin capitol, union representatives and absent Democratic state senators concede in interviews that they don't object to a bill requiring teachers and other public employees to pay 12.5 percent of their health insurance (up from five percent), or up to half of their pension deposits. It is the curbing of collective bargaining that has brought on near hysteria and a fierce campaign to discredit Governor Scott Walker's legislation.

For the union leaders the consequences of passage of the legislation could be devastating to their sinecures. Amid all the shouting, placards and banging on pots and pans in the capitol, two elements of the bill have received only passing attention. One would stop state collection of union dues. The other would require the unions to be recertified, by vote of all members, every year.

Currently, the State of Wisconsin automatically deducts union dues from public employee paychecks and it goes to the unions. The unions then use as much of the money as the leaders wish to give to candidates who will look favorably on their demands (almost always Democrats). Thus, the taxpayers are subsidizing partisan election donations.

This "closed shop" arrangement would change under the new law. Once it passed the state would no longer deduct union dues from paychecks. Employees would only pay dues voluntarily by signing a union card. The unions would have to go through the process of collecting the dues. This would increase their administrative costs and thus reduce the amount of money available for campaign donations. And, the union leaders would have to persuade employees of the value of joining. That's a lot more work than sitting back and staring at the ceiling while a trove of dues comes pouring in from the state.

The legislation would require each public employee union to hold an annual election to see if a majority of the members want to continue to be represented by it. If they do, it continues; if not, it's pffft to the union leaders and their comfy incomes.

Some of the demonstrators at the capitol in Madison have hollered about collective bargaining as a "basic right." Not really. Not only is it not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but also nearly half the states have "open shops" with no collective bargaining (or permit it only for first responders).

The governor's reasoning for restricting collective bargain for public employee unions only to wages rests on two elements: (1) to balance its budget, the state must reduce funds sent to counties and cities; and (2) restricted collective bargaining means that these local governments can adjust their own pension and health care contracts and thus help close their own budget gaps.

Those AWOL Democratic state senators say they will return soon. This means the bill will pass.

They have been reading polls (led by the New York Times, with its skewed sampling) and think the Democrats' campaign has made the governor and the Republican legislative majorities sufficiently unpopular that recall and referendum petitions will succeed and they can overturn the legislation in November.

Anyone who reads a poll in the heat of battle in March and thinks the results will be unchanged eight months later, needs a course in Politics 1A.

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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.

Once again, we are confronted by the yawning gap between what Democrats say during election campaigns — trying to convince middle-class suburban voters how responsible and civil and moderate they are, unlike those dangerous Republican extremists.

— and what Democrats actually do when their special-interest agenda at stake The Other McCain
When Liberal Thugs Riot - Ace

Thursday, March 10, 2011

8.8 (8.9) (9.1) Quake/Tsunami hits Japan


Monster earthquake off of Japanese coast: 8.9, Tsunami strikes, massive damage
(AP) – JAPAN’S METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY NOW WARNS THAT A TSUNAMI AS HIGH AS 20 FEET (6 METERS) COULD STRIKE THE COAST NEAR MIYAGI PREFECTURE, CLOSEST TO THE EPICENTER.
Massive Earthquake Off Japan Coast; 8.8 on Richter Scale
CNN’s Lateef Mungin tweets, “There have been only 5 other earthquakes larger than this one since 1906.”
Details
Major tsunami damage in N Japan after 8.9 quake
TOKYO – Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter. There were reports of injuries in Tokyo.
In various locations along Japan's coast, TV footage showed massive damage from the tsunami, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.
Tsunami warning center raises magnitude of Japan quake to 9.1

Sen. Rand Paul on Consumer Choice in Energy Committee Hearing

Breaking: In Wisconsin, the bill has passed.

Passed! - Althouse, who has been covering this intensely, with reports, photos and video.

Death Threats Against Republicans

Wisconsin Capitol Chaos: Lawmakers Get Death Threats - 620wtmj.com
‘New Civility’ Update: Wisconsin DoJ Investigating Several Death Threats - Michelle Malkin
Why doesn't President Obama say anything about the Wisconsin protests? - Althouse
The Left’s New Tone? “…you will be killed and your familes will also be killed…” - redstate
Peace and Love in Wisconsin, Reactions to the passage of the Governor’s budget repair bill. - John Hayward, aka Doctor Zero

Indiana House Republicans Sing About Missing Democratic Lawmakers



From the good folks at HoosierAccess.com, Indiana House Republicans have discovered an innovative tactic to get their Democratic House counterparts to return to their home state: Singing to them... Lyrics at the link: ◼ Indiana House Republicans Sing About Missing Democratic Lawmakers

France formally recognises Libyan rebels' authority

France formally recognises Libyan rebels' authority - france24.com
In a major diplomatic victory for the Libyan opposition, France has become the first country to formally recognise Libya’s rebel leadership, pledging to exchange ambassadors between Paris and the Libyan opposition stronghold of Benghazi.
"I can assure you that the president is not going to make any decision without a great deal of careful thought and deliberation." - reuters quoting Hillary Clinton
Is the U.S. the only nation capable of engaging Libya? - Phillip Suderman/Washington Examiner

Is Donald Trump Running for President?

Is Donald Trump Running for President or Marketing His Brand? Ed Koch Calls Trump's Presidential Talk the Work of a 'Great Huckster' - ABC News
Questions for Donald Trump - Cafe Hayek
Trump for President Goes Grassroots - humanevents

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Field


Can Any One Of These People Beat President Obama? - businessinsider

Tennessee: Senate OKs measure to ban Tenn. income tax

Senate OKs measure to ban Tenn. income tax
The Senate sponsor of a measure to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban an income tax says the proposal will attract more businesses to Tennessee, even though opponents say it could hurt the state down the road.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was approved 28-5 in the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday and is expected to have little trouble passing in the House, which is also dominated by the GOP.

Breaking: Wisconsin Senate GOP Votes to Strip State Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights

Wisconsin Senate GOP Votes to Strip State Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights
Bypassing Democrats hiding out in Illinois, Wisconsin Senate Republicans voted Wednesday night to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights.

All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker's so-called "budget repair bill" -- a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall..

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday split from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, and a special conference committee of state lawmakers approved that bill a short time later.
Wis. GOP strips public workers' bargaining rights
The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday split from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special conference committee of state lawmakers approved the bill a short time later.

"Polls are nice, if they are on your side," he said. "But in the end, you've got to govern based upon what you think is the right thing."

Why Walker won't back down
The crowds are angry, the polls unfavorable, but Gov. Scott Walker has so far refused to compromise on key pieces of his controversial budget repair bill.

Such resolve would be impressive in a politician with the resume of a Tommy Thompson or Russ Feingold, but it's a little shocking for a governor with just eight weeks under his belt.
Except, when it comes to Walker, it isn't.

"Anyone who thinks he will change his mind has another thing coming," said Milwaukee County Supervisor Joe Sanfelippo, a Walker ally during his tenure as county executive. "He ignores the polls and the protests and does what he thinks is right. And I can tell you, he will not give in."
Budget repair bill passes Senate, Thursday vote set in Assembly
In a surprise move late Wednesday, Senate Republicans used a series of parliamentary maneuvers to overcome a three-week stalemate with Democrats and pass an amended version of the governor's controversial budget repair bill.
With a crowd of protesters chanting outside their chambers, Senators approved Gov. Scott Walker's bill, which would strip most collective bargaining rights from public employees.
Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Senate Action
"Before the election, the Democrats promised "adult leadership" in Madison. Then a month and a half into session, the Senate Democrats fled the state instead of doing their job.

"In doing so, they have tarnished the very institution of the Wisconsin state Senate. This is unacceptable.

"This afternoon, following a week and a half of line-by-line negotiation, Sen. Miller sent me a letter that offered three options: 1) keep collective bargaining as is with no changes, 2) take our counter-offer, which would keep collective bargaining as is with no changes, 3) or stop talking altogether.

"With that letter, I realized that we're dealing with someone who is stalling indefinitely, and doesn't have a plan or an intention to return. His idea of compromise is "give me everything I want," and the only negotiating he's doing is through the media.

"Enough is enough."

Dianne Feinstein: "The president ought to play a much greater role"


Democrats: Obama 'failed to lead' on budget talks - Susan Ferrechio at the Washington Examiner
"The president ought to play a much greater role," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., following a closed-door meeting of the Democratic caucus Tuesday that centered on the budget. "I think the president doesn't want to be engaged in this kind of fight, and it's not right. He has to step up."
Freshman Democrat Joe Manchin: Obama has 'failed to lead' on budget - Jennifer Epstein and Scott Wong at Politico

Legislature passes bill to teach U.S. is republic

A bill that would ensure Utah students learn the U.S. is a compound constitutional republic — not a democracy — has passed both Houses of the Legislature and is now headed to the governor for his signature. - Utah News/Salt Lake Tribune
HB220 would require schools to teach students that the U.S. is a compound constitutional republic and about other forms of government such as pure democracy, monarchy and oligarchy along with political philosophies and economic systems such as socialism, individualism and free-market capitalism. The Senate passed the bill with no dissenting votes Monday....

Why NPR should urge Congress to end its subsidy

Why NPR should urge Congress to end its subsidy - Michael Barone at the Washington Examiner
There's a precedent pretty closely on point: the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Back in 1994, when Republicans unexpectedly won majorities in both houses of Congress, the National Trust was suddenly threatened with a fund cutoff....

Rather than fight that effort, Dick Moe, then head of the National Trust and before that a longtime top aide to Walter Mondale, decided to join it. He approached Ralph Regula, the chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction, and proposed a three-year drawdown of federal funding....

In retrospect, Moe has said, it was the best thing that could have happened to his organization. It prompted the National Trust to reach out to citizens and donors who shared its vision. And it allowed the organization to take politically controversial stands without fear of political retribution.

The National Trust is thriving today. It has undertaken major projects, like a splendid restoration of James Madison's home Montpelier. It publishes a first-rate magazine. It has developed a large constituency of contributors (I give a few bucks every year) who appreciate its work. It does not have to do the bidding of political masters....
GOP leader amazed at 'condescension and arrogance' in NPR video, calls on Dems to support defunding - Byron York at The Washington Examiner

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Coburn, DeMint Introduce Bill to Defund NPR, PBS

Coburn, DeMint Introduce Bill to Defund NPR, PBS
...DeMint and Coburn also noted that in 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundation, backed by liberal financier George Soros, to hire 100 reporters. Additionally, NPR has an endowment of over $200 million, they said in a news release....


“I think what we all believe is if we don’t have Muslim voices in our schools, on the air,” Schiller says, “it’s the same thing we faced as a nation when we didn’t have female voices.” - National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement. via The Daily Caller
NPR seeks funding from Sharia backers - washingtontimes
NPR Executive Ron Schiller Calls Tea Party ‘Racist,’ ‘Xenophobic,’ ‘Scary’ - theothermccain
Reason #7,924 to Defund NPR: They’d Be ‘Far Better Off’ - michellemalkin
Shocker: Latest O’Keefe Video Catches (Now Former) NPR Exec Decrying Tea Partiers as Stupid Racists - patterico
NPR, R.I.P. - legalinsurrection
More on NPR and its “neutrality” and “independence” - proteinwisdom

No guts, no glory: GOP should heed lesson of '91

No guts, no glory: GOP should heed lesson of '91 - Byron York
What a change. Back in 1991, the pundits discussed how hard it would be to defeat a president with a job approval rating of 90 percent. Now, they're talking about how hard it would be to defeat a president with a job approval rating of 48 percent...

But time is passing. The first Republican presidential debate is less than two months away, and by now candidates should have already spent months organizing and seeking support in early primary and caucus states. Those who haven't been doing that are already behind.

Yes, Obama will be difficult to beat. He has the enormous power of incumbency, and he can lose a number of the states he won in 2008 and still be re-elected. But George H.W. Bush seemed unbeatable, too. In 1991, Clinton decided to go forward, in the face of all the conventional wisdom, and ended up in the White House. No one knows whether a Republican challenger could do the same thing now. But we know this for sure: They won't win if they don't run.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Trillion-dollar legislation disintegrates before our eyes

A Bad Day For ObamaCare - Trillion-dollar legislation disintegrates before our eyes. - John Hayward at Human Events
In the most spectacular news, Judge Roger Vinson clarified his earlier ruling on Thursday, explaining that he did indeed strike down the entire law as unconstitutional, so it can’t be implemented against any of the 26 states that were party to the suit he ruled on. Vinson was brutally dismissive of the Administration’s delaying tactics, and their attempts to ignore his ruling, questioning their comprehension and legal skills with dry wit. He gave the Administration seven days to file its expected appeal.

Also on Thursday, the House passed a repeal of the 1099 reporting provisions in ObamaCare. These new regulations were extremely unpopular, as they would have burdened businesses with a vast amount of new paperwork, by requiring them to submit 1099 tax forms for relatively small purchases. It would have increased the number of 1099 forms filed each year by something like two thousand percent. In the end, 70 percent of the House voted in favor of repeal, including 238 Republicans and 76 Democrats.

It’s great to see bipartisan support for striking down a terrible law....
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House moves to repeal IRS clause in Obamacare - Susan Ferrechio at The Washington Examiner

Michael Barone: The Sinking Ship

Jim Webb: Exiting the sinking ship? Part 1
No sooner do I write a column about “vanishing Democratic moderates,” pegged on the retirement announcements of Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Rep. Jane Harman, than another one announces he’s not running again, Sen. Jim Webb. And I could have added that Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., announced his retirement even earlier. We’re beginning to see a pattern here, as we did in the 2010 election cycle: Democrats leaving what they have reason to believe is a sinking ship.... it looks like the Democrats’ 53-47 Senate majority is in great peril.
Democrats exiting the sinking ship: Part 2
One of the Senate’s oldest members, Democrat Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, announced yesterday he will not seek reelection in 2012...

In January I laid out my overview of the 2012 Senate races and explained why the playing field favors Republicans. Now we have five Democrats retiring, Akaka, Bingaman, Conrad, Jim Webb of Virginia and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; Republicans have an excellent chance of picking up the North Dakota seat, pretty good chances in Virginia and New Mexico and maybe a chance in Hawaii. Only two Republicans so far have announced retirements, Kay Bailey Hutchison of heavily Republican Texas and John Kyl of heavily Republican Arizona. Democrats may have some chance at each of those seats, but only under ideal circumstances....

If Democrats lose their majority, Democratic senators will lose their committee and subcommittee chairmanships.
◼ And from The Hill: Ballot Box: GOP In 'Solid Shape' To Take Control Of Senate In 2012
◼ And, at Hillbuzz: Will Claire McCaskill be next? Democrats read writing on 2012 wall and decide not to run for another term.

Romney on "the Obama Misery Index"

A novice no more, Romney focuses on Obama, economy
This time, Mitt Romney has a clear pitch: I'm the strongest Republican to challenge President Barack Obama on the country's single biggest issue — the economy.

"He created a deeper recession, and delayed the recovery," Romney said Saturday, previewing his campaign message before Republicans in this influential early nominating state.

"The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index, and it is at a record high...."

He's the closest thing to a front-runner in a GOP field that lacks one.
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness - Amazon
"Here is an accomplished executive in the private and public sectors who has done his homework. If he runs again for president in 2012, most of his agenda is on the record from the start."--The Washington Times
on Romney's book.

House moves to repeal IRS clause in Obamacare

House moves to repeal IRS clause in Obamacare - washingtonexaminer
The House Thursday voted overwhelmingly to repeal a new Internal Revenue Service reporting requirement included in the health care reform law that both parties and President Obama have determined would be a hindrance to small businesses.
The bill passed 314-112, with 76 Democrats and every Republican voting for the measure, but it may still be months before it is officially repealed as lawmakers wrangle over how to pay for it.

The legislation would eliminate language in the new health care law requiring businesses to report purchases of $600 or more by filing 1099 forms to the IRS....

both parties soon realized it would become burdensome and perhaps crippling for small businesses because of the additional paperwork associated with the filing requirements. Churches, charities state and local governments are also swept into the new reporting law.

Republicans celebrated the Thursday's vote as a step in undoing the entire health care law, a top priority on their agenda.

"The 1099 mandate has been a major source of uncertainty for small businesses trying to grapple with the costs and consequences of the government takeover of health care," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said...
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THEY SAID IT BEST


“The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.”
--Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, 1902