Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Political Digest for June 6. 2010

The Old Jarhead Blog: Bringing you news and information the MSM is too busy covering American Idol, celebrity affairs and sensational missing person cases to cover. Please forward to friends who need to be informed.

D-Day: When Ike made a real gutsy call, not a no-brainer like sending the SEALS for bin Laden. And he had a note in his pocket taking full blame if it failed. No maneuvering to have someone else to blame. We used to have real leaders.

I will leave this to post before the Wisconsin Results are in, as I have two conference calls for work tonight, but will have commentary on that key election in the next Digest. I assume anyone following my blog is paying attention and will know the outcome as soon as I do. I’m nervously-hopeful, think it will be Walker by about 52-48, but hoping for better. Latest polls have Walker up 3%, but that’s within the margin of fraud. Fiscal responsibility has a large natural no-vote, given the economic ignorance of the majority of voters. But around the country, in NY and Chicago, liberal Democrats are starting to stand up to the unions, because the alternative is disaster, and on their watch, not on the next one. ~Bob

Tweet from @14amyb:
3 white vans from IL are in fondulac taking shuttling dev. Disabled people to polls using index cards of "info" to reg. 9In 2004, we had report at Madison Bush HQ of Dem worker taking van load of “mentally challenged” citizens (formerly called retarded, but I think this is now the PC term) to polling place, registering them, then, as the law allows, assisting them to vote… They have no shame. ~Bob.)

Eyewitness Alleges Democrat Union Vote Fraud In Wisconsin
If true, no surprise. ~Bob. Excerpt: The caller claimed that Michigan’s “Democrat Unions” had organized a convoy of 4 buses, filled with Michigan Democrats, with the intention of voting for Tom Barrett in the Wisconsin recall election.

Wisconsin recall: Shell-shocked state readies for election
Excerpt: If there’s any state that epitomizes what the permanent campaign feels like, it’s this one. Wisconsin voters essentially have been asked to cast ballots every 60 days for more than a year, and they’ve been exposed to a relentless barrage of television and radio advertisements, mailers, phone calls, yard signs, stump speeches and debates. (I was in Madison this past weekend. When a Barrett ad came on TV, my 11-year-old granddaughter said, with exasperation, “They’re on ALL the time!” ~Bob.)

Wisconsin Dems sidestep labor debate in recall
Excerpt: The bitter battle over union rights in Wisconsin sent masses of angry protesters flooding into the streets, placed the state at the center of a national debate over Big Labor’s power and sparked the historic recall to topple GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
But you’d hardly know it from the campaign to replace him. (They know it’s a loser with the voters. ~Bob.)

5 Reasons Why Labor Has Already Lost the Wisconsin Recall Election: Regardless of the outcome, labor's agenda has been slowed or defeated outright.
Excerpt: Labor unions have a lot riding on the outcome of the Scott Walker recall election. They have poured millions of dollars and sent hundreds of volunteers to Wisconsin to assist Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, the Democratic candidate, in his efforts. Local unions have rallied to Barrett’s standard and have initiated a massive get-out-the-vote drive to bring their supporters to the polls on election day. (Have to be a tad worried when they say the actual vote doesn't matter. I write before the polls close, but think it matters a great deal. ~Bob.)

Dems, labor fallout begins in Wis.
Excerpt: Democrats and unions began urgent damage-control efforts Monday in an effort to deflate Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-Wis.) expected win in Tuesday’s recall election. Despite expressions of confidence, Walker’s adversaries spent the eve of the vote trying to salvage cold comfort as polls showed their man — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) — heading for defeat.

Public Employee Unions: Can They be Tamed? By Bill Murchison
Excerpt: Government unions, what else? -- trying in Wisconsin to give their Republican governor, Scott Walker, the bum's rush from office. There's a fitness, a propriety, in the match-up of reformer (Walker) and encrusted power machine (the Wisconsin public employee unions).

Teachers union president brags about pushing Walker recall in schools. By Kyle Olson
Excerpt: The latest evidence comes from Milwaukee Teachers Education Association President Bob Peterson, who boasted this week about his union's efforts to sway voters, including high school students, to recall Walker in today's election. It was first reported by EAGnews.org.

Excerpt: Given that many of the other funders are labor unions, some of those being public sector unions, it’s appropriate that taxpayers put that money into perspective. We’ve highlighted a handful of the most active unions behind the recall effort, specifically the six-figure annual total compensation of the leaders for each of those unions. (If these fat cats are the 99%, I want in. ~Bob.)

Occupy Plans for War in Wisconsin Wednesday
 Excerpt: No matter what happens today in Wisconsin, Occupy sees it as just the beginning for its operations in Wisconsin. They are planning protest actions in “every occupied” city in Wisconsin:

UPDATE: Marine Arrested At Anti Walker Democrat Rally
Excerpt: Without being told what I had done, I was handcuffed and escorted off premise. Placed in a squad car and taken to a police station. I asked if I should have my rights read to me and was told "You're not being arrested." My personal property was taken from me, I was fingerprinted, mug shot taken and locked in a dark jail cell (lights off) still handcuffed.

Excerpt: A Racine area organization with ties to both the Democratic Party and a Chicago-based community-organizing group may have violated Wisconsin election law late last week. Two churches that are part of the liberal-leaning Racine Interfaith Coalition hosted early voting events in which food was offered in an apparent inducement to encourage voters to cast early ballots for the June 5 recall election. A third church told Media Trackers that it was coordinating voter turnout efforts with the Democratic Party.

Wisconsin Flashback: Lawmaker’s son sentenced for slashing tires: Omokunde, 3 Democratic campaign workers vandalized 100 GOP cars in ’04
Democrat election integrity. ~Bob.

Behaving badly at Solidarity Sing-along

BREAKING: #wiunion says road construction on I-94 suppressing voter buses from Chicago.

Book Recommendation: The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War. By Fred Anderson
Thanks to audio books, this was another chance to expand my historical knowledge while on the road. Most Americans know little more about this war than they do about the War of the Spanish Succession. (Okay, a large number of Americans don’t know what decade the Civil War was in, or who we fought in WWII.) But understanding the French and Indian war (Or The Seven Years War as it was called in Europe) is a key to understanding the causes and outcome of the American Revolution. This book is well-written and has a lot of fine detail, especially about the education of George Washington as a military leader. Despite my familiarity with the conflict, I learned a lot. ~Bob.

Worth Reading: Peter Schiff: Next President will preside over the economic collapse
Excerpt: On May 21st, Coast to Coast AM aired a special Financial Crisis show, with several different financial and economic analysts appearing during the four hour broadcast. During the second hour, investment advisor Peter Schiff appeared as a guest and laid out the inevitable path of America's financial future. Focusing primarily on our country's debt, and the unsustainably of the dollar to hold back inflation, Schiff predicted that no matter who wins the Presidency in November, that individual will be presiding over an economic crash that will make 2008 pale in comparison. (he must have read my book, The Coming Collapse of the American Republic.)

Excerpt: U.S. debt will be nearly twice the size of the U.S. economy by 2037, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office warned Tuesday. The new CBO report warns that increased entitlement spending driven by the retirement of the baby boomers and insufficient revenue is making the long-term outlook for the national debt increasingly dire. (I won’t see 2037. Without radical reform to limit spending, debt and government, the USA will not see 2037. ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: Playing With Words. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Would anyone work to support themselves or their families -- and then turn over a chunk of that hard-earned money to somebody else, just because of the words used by that somebody else? A few people may be taken in by the words of con men, here and there, but the larger tragedy is that millions more are taken in by the words of politicians, the top-of-the-line con men. How do politicians con people out of their money?

Bomb hits Shi'ite site in Baghdad, 26 killed
Muslims killing Muslims in Allahmurder, business is usual. Guess they didn’t get Obama’s memo that “Islam is a Religion of Peace.” ~Bob. Excerpt: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.

US drone kills 15 militants in North Waziristan: officials
Excerpt: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area killed 15 insurgents in a pre-dawn attack on Monday, security officials said. Two missiles were fired on the compound in Mir Ali, 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of Miramshah, the capital of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, in an area considered a hive of Taliban and al Qaeda activity. (The ‘Drone Ranger” strikes again. I approve, but if you turn them all into red mush, you get no intel. Of course, no one says you are inhumane for water-boarding them to get it, so that’s something. May be small consolation to any non-combatants who are standing around when the missiles hit. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: A U.S. drone strike has killed al-Qaeda's second in command, a U.S. official says. The death of Abu Yahya al-Libi is a significant blow to the terror network, which has lost a string of top leaders at the hands of the American drone program.

Worth Reading: Inside North Korea's gulag: Twisted by hunger and cruelty, Shin In Geun betrayed his mother, and then watched her hang
Excerpt: Nine years after watching his mother's hanging, Shin In Geun squirmed through the electric fence that surrounds Camp 14 and ran off through the snow into the North Korean wilderness. It was Jan. 2, 2005. Before then, no one born in a North Korean political prison camp had ever escaped. (Socialism always leads to ever-great coercion by the government, as people must be forced to do things they don’t believe are in their self-interest. Their leader, for example, said the NDSAP was socialists, and opposed capitalism. Of course, some cultures are more prone to go right to brutal oppression, others take longer. BTW, I like The Week news magazine, because it has no point of view I can discern. Tries to present both sides, and let you make up your own mind. I gather its circulation is growing, which propaganda magazines like Newsweek are declining. ~Bob.)

EPA's Pretense of Science: Regulating Phantom Risk
Excerpt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have Americans believe that hundreds of thousands will die unless its new and unparalleled regulatory agenda is enacted. Targeting emissions of fine particulate matter (PM), regulators argue that they seek to reduce premature deaths across the United States and improve health outcomes overall, says Kathleen Hartnett White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. However, as is so often the case with the EPA's regulatory agenda, the justifications for its policy recommendations are misleading and hyperbolic. The following represents the EPA's depiction of its PM-limiting regulations and subsequent projected benefits:

Excerpt: Remember the term “peak oil”? Whatever happened to it? The notion that world oil production had reached its summit and would soon begin a decline—bringing with it shortages, economic collapse, resource wars, and general ruination—was in great vogue not so long ago. 

GOP attacks celebrity support for Obama
Excerpt: Obama’s popularity with Hollywood glitterati is again on display as his campaign mobilizes its vast fundraising apparatus to amass cash in a campaign that is shaping up to be the most expensive in U.S. history. 9to be fair, he needs folks to hang with when Michelle is off in Spain or his daughter is on Spring Break in Mexico at your expense. ~Bob.)

Politics is the great divider in United States. By Dan Balz
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/politics-is-the-great-divider-in-united-states/2012/06/04/gJQALpKSEV_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines_TueExcerpt: It hardly took another study for people to know that political polarization in this country is deeply embedded. Still, a report issued Monday by the Pew Research Center paints a particularly stark portrait of a nation in which the most significant divisions are no longer based on race, class or sex but on political identity.

U.S. strike said to target al-Qaeda’s No. 2
Excerpt: U.S. missiles killed more than a dozen people in northwestern Pakistan early Monday in a strike that apparently was aimed at al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, the charismatic and influential jihadist known as Abu Yahya al-Libi, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.
The terrorist commander’s fate remained unclear late in the day, amid a swirl of rumors inside Pakistan that the longtime deputy to Osama bin Laden had been badly wounded or perhaps killed in the strike.

CBO: Obama stimulus may have cost as much as $4.1 million a job. By James Pethokoukis
Excerpt: OK, so without the stimulus, there would be anywhere from 200,000 to 1.5 million fewer people employed right now? That means the current cost-per-job created is somewhere between $4.1 million and $540,000.

Holder's Racial Incitement: When looking for the Attorney General's motives, think lower.
Excerpt: The United States of America has a black President whose chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, is also black. They have a lot of political power. So how are they using it? Well, one way is to assert to black audiences that voter ID laws are really attempts to disenfranchise black Americans. And liberals think Donald Trump's birther fantasies are offensive?

Dean of Qur'anic Studies at Islamic University of Gaza misunderstands Islam, says Muslims hope to conquer Spain and the Vatican
Excerpt: Behold the glorious complexity of Islam, the most difficult religion on earth to understand and practice properly: even those who have devoted their lives to studying the Qur'an and who teach it to others somehow get the crazy idea that it has something to do with war, conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims. "Dr. Subhi Al-Yaziji, Dean of Koranic Studies at the Islamic University of Gaza: We Hope to Conquer Andalusia and the Vatican,"...

Kuwaiti sentenced to 10 years in jail for Twitter ‘blasphemy’
Excerpt: A court sentenced a 26-year-old Kuwaiti to 10 years in prison on Monday after ruling that he had endangered state security by insulting the Prophet Mohammed, his wife Ayesha and his companions on social media, his lawyer Khaled al-Shatti said.

Excerpt: Steve Rothman is a Democrat who was first elected to Congress from New Jersey’s Ninth District in 1996. He is also Jewish. He currently faces a tough reelection challenge from Bill Pascrell, a Roman Catholic who entered Congress at the same time as Rothman and now, because of redistricting, finds himself in Rothman’s district. In the district also is a sizeable contingent of Arabs and Muslims, who have injected an unprecedented level of Jew-baiting into the campaign. Said Ben Chouake, president of NORPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee: “One side says, ‘We want this Jew out of office’ and, frankly, it’s pretty unsettling. They emphasized,” he noted, that Rothman is “a Jewish congressman.”

China's Housing Bubble Deflating
Excerpt: China’s housing bubble is still getting the wind knocked out of it. Real estate prices fell to a 16-month low in May as officials pledged to keep property curbs that have sapped demand, according to SouFun Holdings Ltd, owner of the nation’s biggest real estate website.
 
Please Excuse My President. By Peter Wehner - Commentary Magazine
Excerpt: Few things are more difficult in politics than confronting failure and learning from it. It is especially difficult when a leader you have championed, and in whom you have placed your highest hopes, turns out to be less than he seemed. Such is the dilemma facing liberals in the age of Obama.

Baghdad dreaming. By John Bolton
Excerpt: Having apparently learned nothing from 10 years of futile negotiations with Iran, President Obama seemed perilously close late last month to yet another deal purportedly making “progress” eliminating the ayatollahs’ nuclear weapons program. Fortunately, however, the recently concluded Baghdad talks between Iran and the U.N. Security Council’s five permanent members and Germany (P-5+1) produced no substantive agreement.

Rendell: "Nobody Out There Thinks That Gov. Romney Is Unqualified"
Excerpt: Fmr. Gov. and DNC Chairman Ed Rendell (D-Penn.) gave some advice to his Democratic colleagues and DNC successor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, with radio talk show host Chris Stigall on Philadelphia's 1210 WPHT-AM station. Rendell praises former President Bill Clinton for acknowledging Romney's "sterling" career as a businessman and not slamming his success.

Illegal voters: The winning edge Justice Department works to allow fraudulent votes
Excerpt: Could illegal voting decide the next presidential election? Steps are being taken by the Justice Department that may help guarantee it. (California already has this. --DH)

Lady Gaga Versus Global Jihad: The West needs a countercultural strategy against radical Islam. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303918204577446170153730122.html?mod=djemITP_h
Excerpt: Two years ago I wrote a column making the case that Lady Gaga did more to galvanize Muslim hatred of the West than all Israeli settlements combined. The column was denounced for naïveté and—what else?—shilling for Israel. So here's the latest news from Planet Gaga: Last week, the star announced she was canceling her June 3 Jakarta concert date, disappointing the 52,000 ticket holders who had sold out the show in days.

Breton Nationals fight fire with fire
Excerpt: Armed with stones and teargas, at least 40 Muslim troublemakers, screaming for jihad, sharia, and making death threats, tried to disrupt a Brittany conference on Muslim immigration at the Mercure hotel in Vannes. Little did they know that a group of young Breton nationalists, who were attending the conference, would come out and spoil their fun. Assises de l'immigration à Vannes, le 2 Juin 2012 : Patriotes bretons vs Salafistes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDTJpOzq8gg

Team O turns tone-deaf 2nd prize: Two dinners with Anna. By John Podhoretz
Excerpt: Remember how all the buzz about the 2008 campaign was how young and fresh and new and exciting and YouTube-y and Internet-y and Will.I.AM-y the Obama campaign was? Well, the Obama 2012 campaign is turning into . . . a raffle. Or a school auction.

Obama's 2008 Donors Don't Give In 2012
Excerpt: But now, as Obama struggles to keep pace with his 2008 fundraising clip, that list offers a cross-section of Democratic disappointment and alienation. According to a BuzzFeed analysis of campaign finance data, 88% of the people who gave $200 or more in 2008 — 537,806 people — have not yet given that sum this year. (I figure they still support him, but are just too broke under Obamanomics to give money. ~Bob.)

The Big-Spending Obamas. Maybe it’s time for Debtors Anonymous -- for the First Family and the nation. By Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: Does President Barack Obama know how much he is spending?
Critics of the president asked that question after he asserted, “Since I’ve been president, federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years.” (This figure comes from an online article that has been widely debunked because, among other sleights of hand, it interprets modest rates of increase in annual spending as a reduction in the spending, even though the total actual spending under Obama’s watch has been gargantuan.) (If a liberal asks for a 20% increase in spending, and you give him 10%, he will attack you for “cutting a vital program by 10%.” ~Bob.)

Forest Service hit for Border Patrol call
Excerpt: A federal department ruled last week that the Forest Service violated a Spanish-speaking woman’s civil rights by calling the Border Patrol to help translate during a routine stop, saying it was “humiliating” to Hispanics and an illicit backdoor way to capture more illegal immigrants. The ruling by the Agriculture Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights could change policies nationwide as law enforcement agencies grapple with how far they can go in trying to help the Border Patrol while not running afoul of racial profiling standards.

Giffords’s potential successor runs from Obama
Excerpt: Days after bullets pierced his thigh and cheek in the shooting rampage last year that nearly took Giffords’s life, Ron Barber was paid a special bedside visit by the president and first lady Michelle Obama. But as Barber seeks the seat of his onetime boss in a June 12 special election, the Democrat is loath to mention Obama’s name let alone tout any bond they formed in the dark days after the shooting spree.

Obama’s Historical Chutzpah: Does the president really know more about Judaism than John Adams and James Madison did? By Charles C. Johnson
Excerpt: It’s hard to know where to begin with Barack Obama’s recent pronouncement to a group of Conservative Jews that he “probably knows about Judaism more than any other president.” So, why not start at the beginning, with George Washington? It’s only by looking at the past that the scope of Obama’s historical chutzpah becomes clear. (I'm sure he is not astute enough on Judaica to know that he is the schlemiel president, the president from Chelm. Cordially, Larry Greenberg)

Excerpt: Though modern physicists are yet to figure out a way for one person to be in two places at the same time, the top spokesman for Colorado Democrats has figured out a way to vote in two places at once. Matt Inzeo, the communications director for the Colorado Democratic Party, holds active voter registrations in both Colorado and Washington, D.C., according to a voter fraud investigation by Media Trackers Colorado.

Column: Warren needs to apologize to Native Americans. By DeWayne Wickham
Wickham is considered a liberal. ~Bob. Excerpt: For several years, Warren falsely identified herself as a Native American — a designation that raises serious questions about how such a misrepresentation might have advantaged her in obtaining a professorship at the Harvard Law School at a time when it was being attacked for its lack of diversity. … Her assertion that family tales and the high cheekbones of some relatives led her to believe she had Native American blood coursing through her veins is laughable. That many Democrats, obsessed with unseating Brown, treat what she did as meaningless is lamentable.

Warren Accused of 'Repeated Instances of Scientific Misconduct' Before Harvard Hire
Excerpt: In his review, “Social Science Research on Bankruptcy,” published in the 43rd volume of the Rutgers Law Review (pages 185-244), Professor Shuchman assailed Ms. Warren’s academic credibility in a lengthy article that culminated in this hard-hitting charge (see page 187): … In my opinion, the authors have engaged in repeated instances of scientific misconduct.

Excerpt: The founder of an erotic gay website featuring nude men wrestling with each other is fundraising for Democratic Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Stephen Driscoll, a Democratic activist in Massachusetts who runs the adult gay wrestling website BGEast.com under the name “Kid Leopard,” has raised nearly $5,000 for Warren under the organizational banner “LGBT for Elizabeth Warren.” (Unfair hit. I understand that he's only 1/32nd gay according to family lore... ~Bob.)

WaPo FactChecker: The White House’s use of data on the gender wage gap
Excerpt: In other words, since women in general work fewer hours than men in a year, the statistics may be less reliable for examining the key focus of the legislation — wage discrimination. … The BLS, for instance, says the pay gap is relatively small for black and Hispanic women (94 cents and 91 cents, respectively) but the numbers used by the White House compare their wages against the wages of white men.

Excerpt: But many speculate that this case will be different; while there is no evidence to suggest that the newest justice, former Obama administration Solicitor General Elena Kagan, would break the code of silence, many wonder whether she would want the president to be blindsided by a decision that partially or completely nullifies his signature domestic policy achievement. If we take this bit of evidence

American Crossroads: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid of Obama
New ad. ~Bob.

Valerie Jarrett’s Office Of Green Energy Failure
Excerpt: Obama’s Investments Failed To Generate Returns For Average Americans But Obama Allies Cashed In On Access To His Top Advisor.

The US Is Vulnerable To Viruses Much Simpler Than Those It Used Against Iran. By Michael Kelley
Excerpt: Last week we reported on how the new Flame virus seems to be the work of the National Security Agency and Israel. Following that announcement the Obama Administration admitted that the Stuxnet virus was a joint U.S.-Israeli attack on Iran's computer networks and that they've been working on similar cyber weapons since 2006.

Excerpt: The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday expressed worry that leaks to press about a cyber-attack on Iran authorized by the Obama administration could lead to a counter-attack on the U.S. (Who cares about national security if it helps The Drone Ranger win reelection? ~Bob.)

Excerpt: A family in Teaneck, NJ, lost two adult sisters in three years. An EMT who once breezed through her physical exams now can’t walk up a flight of stairs. A 9/11 volunteer will die soon if he doesn’t receive a lung transplant. These people have succumbed to or are battling a disease that doctors don’t fully understand and some have only recently learned to diagnose: pulmonary fibrosis.

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Leno: Unemployment is still looking pretty bad. In fact, the White House has new slogan on jobs creation –Hope and Change the Subject.

Minnesota Delegation Split on Repeal of Medical Device Tax
Excerpt: Democrats in Minnesota's congressional delegation are in a bind over a bill by Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to eliminate a tax on medical devices like those made by Medtronic and other Minnesota companies. The Democrats are under pressure to choose whether to support a key Minnesota industry or to support the Democratic federal health care overhaul. Paulsen says the tax endangers 35,000 jobs in Minnesota and thousands more elsewhere.

Muslim Screaming “Allahu Akbar” Butchers Wife in Front of 6 Children Before Throwing Her Head From Roof
In Germany, not Pakistan. Didn’t get the “Islam is a Religion of Peace” memo. ~Bob.

European Banks Circle the Wagons. By Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: If the European banking system were the setting for a Spaghetti Western film, the settlers would be circling their wagons in preparation for an attack. What that means concretely is that around the world banks are increasingly seeking to protect their assets by cutting back on cross-border lending into other countries. Their international loans dramatically declined from last quarter, according to data released by the Bank for International Settlements.

Liberal columnist tells Bill Clinton to stop ‘undercutting’ Obama
Excerpt: Democrats stuck with Bill Clinton through thick and thin amid all of the scandals during his administration, even after he became the second president in history to get impeached. Now the only president from their party who was elected twice since FDR is finding his star tarnished a bit among some media liberals because he dared to compliment Mitt Romney’s “sterling” record at Bain Capital during an appearance on CNN last week.

Runaway Pensions Squeeze Mass Transit. By Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: Bloated pension and union labor costs are threatening public transportation across the country, says a story in the Wall Street Journal. Budget shortfalls have pushed transit agencies from Pittsburgh to Detroit to consider massive cuts and fare increases. Many have begged cities and states for help, but given current municipal and state budgets, there’s not much help to be had, and even if there were, governments are reluctant to send any more money to public transit agencies until they deal with the causes of their budgetary woes.

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