MIchael Barone Gets It Right. The Public Sector Chokes the Private Sector

In his most recent opinion editorial, Michael Barone outlines just why 2009 was a great year to be working for the government.

It's a Wonderful Life Working for the Government:
It looks like a happy new year for you -- if you're a public employee.
That's the takeaway from a recent Rasmussen poll that shows that 46 percent of government employees say the economy is getting better, while just 31 percent say it's getting worse. In contrast, 32 percent of those with private-sector jobs say the economy is getting better, while 49 percent say it is getting worse.
[...]
Private-sector employment peaked at 115.8 million in December 2007, when the recession officially began. It was down to 108.5 million last November. That's a 6 percent decline.

Public-sector employment peaked at 22.6 million in August 2008. It fell a bit in 2009, then rebounded back to 22.5 million in November. That's less than a 1 percent decline.

This is not an accident -- it is the result of deliberate public policy. About one-third of the $787 million stimulus package passed in February 2009 was directed at state and local governments, which have been facing declining revenues and are, mostly, required to balance their budgets.
[...]
At some point -- and this already has occurred in much of Western Europe -- public-sector spending tends to choke off private-sector growth. America's current high unemployment levels have been commonplace in much of Western Europe for the last 25 years.

Read the whole thing.

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BREAKING: Obama Admits the System Failed




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From Hawaii, president Obama made further remarks regarding the attempted bombing of flight 253 by a Nigerian terrorist. When talking about the increased security measures, Obama said:
When our government has information on a known extremist and that information is not shared and acted on as it should have been a systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that unacceptable.”
Thank you. Now, fix it.
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Who Wants to See Ben Bernanke Get Grilled?

Senator Jim Bunning is eclectic in many ways. He was the only Senator who refused to vote  on health care "reform" on Christmas Eve morning and instead went home to family. Yet, he's also one of the toughest critics against Alan Greenspan and his successor Ben Bernanke. During Bernanke's confirmation hearing not too long ago, Bunning gave Bernanke a swift right hook:




Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) Bunning was essentially forced into retirement after the NRSC told him he wouldn't be able to win in 2010 and they refused to support him. Today we have KY Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Ron Paul's son Rand running as Republicans for his seat. On the Democratic side, Attorney General Jack Conway and Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo are running for the seat.

I still am not certain who I support.
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Churchill Quote: "... it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

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Winston Churchill is a personal hero of mine. His words always inspire and uplift me. I hope they can do the same for you.

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
— Winston Churchill

UPDATE: Just after posting this I realized Erick Erickson at RedState just used the same quote. So to avoid seeming like one of those dastardly copycat bloggers here's a link from me, because I'm gracious like that: It's That Time Again - RedState
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Merry Christmas - With A Declaration

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For those of you who have been under a rock for roughly 2000 years, today and tomorrow is Christmas Eve and Christmas Day respectively. A time of joy, love and hope for a multitude of reasons. With that in mind I give my best wishes to you, your family and your friends. It is a truly great world and nation we live in, despite all it's problems.

And speaking of  those very problems, this Christmas Eve morning at about a quarter 'til 8 the Senate passed a monstrosity of a health care "reform" bill that undermines the very cornerstone of the American Constitution and the American nation as well as the base that this great nation was placed upon: individual freedom, the right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the natural laws of God and nature.

It is with this in mind that we must pledge amongst ourselves a new Declaration of Independence. We the People must break from "the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them."

From this point forward every patriot from sea to shining sea must again "for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

The war is not yet over, and perhaps not even the battle.
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The Health Care "Reform" Bill is Unconstitutional - Here's Why

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It's truly amazing how far a pocket constitution and some Google searches can get you nowadays. That's all I used to come up with this explanation of the unconstitutionality of the ridiculous "reform" bill currently making its way through Congress.

When Democrats got their 60 votes for cloture, passage of the "reform" bill seemed imminent. However, if the bill does pass, they have quite a few challenges coming their way. Click the "Read More" button below to discover just some of those challenges.

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So This is How Liberty Dies - With a Vacation.

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In case you haven't heard, Mitch McConnell has brokered a deal with Reid to make the vote on health care "reform" several hours earlier on Christmas Eve at around 8am rather than in the evening. This way, Senators and staffers can get out of DC before an ice storm and get home to their families (which is understandable).

But when you read what we conservatives had been telling McConnell and other "leaders" all along, you have to wonder why all this is necessary:
RedState:
The Senate Republican Leadership under Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander told us to trust them.
They were going to offer a series of “messaging amendments” to point out all the flaws in the health care legislation. The rest of us said no — force a vote on the legislation while the Dems did not have 60 votes.
They ignored us.
Then we said drag out the legislation as long as possible. They ignored us until votes were scheduled, making the dragging out impossible. When the scheduled time for the votes came, it did not matter if the bill was being read, the votes would happen.
Along the way, McConnell and Alexander pooh-poohed anyone who suggested the messaging strategy was doomed to failure.
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Well played, Mitch McConnell. Well played indeed. At 8:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve, 60 Democrats will pass legislation that prohibits its own future repeal, then Mitch McConnell will hop a flight to Kentucky, smiling that he and his good friend Harry Reid negotiated a Republican surrender to get out of Washington before an ice storm struck.

I'll give you this isn't even a vote on the final bill, but McConnell needs to speak out more and ask why we are even considering having a vote on Christmas Eve in the first place. What are they hiding ( we know, but it'll look good on the news)?

Speaking of the news, this morning vote means this bill that's already sour in the public eye will be covered on a day when most are off work.

Downside? I have to wake up early now.
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Giuliani to Stay Out of NY Senate Race - And Out of Politics Forever

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Really, Giuliani? Grow a pair.
Not only was this Giuliani's likely last chance for a spot on the national stage, it's a shame the star power conservatives will be losing with this one.
Not that that seat isn't winnable by conservatives, but this was a missed opportunity for the mayor.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has ruled out a run for the Senate in 2010, NewsCore has learned.
The seat is currently held by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who was appointed by Gov. David Paterson when Sen. Hillary Clinton joined the Obama administration as secretary of state.
One source close to the former mayor says that instead of running for office, he will be pursuing other business opportunities in the private sector, noting that after his 2008 presidential run the mayor still has the status within the party and the platform from which “to engage on national issues that are important to him.”
Giuliani is also expected to announce his intention to revive his Solutions America PAC as a vehicle to promote Republican party candidates in 2010, the source said.
Steven Foley, Giuliani Will Not Seek U.S. Senate Seat | 73 Wire, Dec 2009

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Harry Reid Calls $1.2 Billion in Sweetheart Deals “Compromises”


Harry Reid barely got the 60 votes he needed to get cloture on the Senate Health Care Reform bill by giving out special deals to Democrats still holding out. Among the deals were extra money for Ben Nelson's state of Nebraska (to be paid for by other the other 49 states), $250 million more for Vermont's Medicaid fund, as well $300 million for Louisiana - and much more.

To many, those deals were essentially bribes meant to buy votes using other state's money. Harry Reid, who negotiated the deals, disagrees and calls them "compromises."

The Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday dismissed criticism his chamber’s healthcare bill was riddled with “sweetheart deals” designed to win skeptical senators’ votes.
Those alleged deals are “compromises” that are commonplace in any piece of legislation, no matter who controls Congress or sponsors the bill in question, Reid told reporters.
No word yet if Reid considers these "compromises" as historic and worthy as the great compromises of the past: three-fifths, Missouri, and 1850.

Source: Gateway Pundit
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“Rock the Vote” Has No Dignity - And Thinks You're a Gullible Idiot

What you're about to watch is the equivalent of “Rock the Vote” telling you that "gullible" is written on the ceiling. And they actually think you'll look.



I've never seen anything like this. Sex as a weapon? Riiight. That'll work.

My friend Cole over at the The Handwriting on the Wall wrote up a post on his blog on just how disgusting this campaign is. Check it: “Rock the Vote” Encourages Youth to Use Sex as a Weapon Against Opponents of Health Care Reform

And I don't know what's worse: how gullible they think the youth are, or how they predictably portray the guy as a dumb completely sex-oriented buffoon - which just goes to show how naive they see the American youth. It's time to prove them wrong. 

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Polish Police Find Infamous Stolen Auschwitz Gate Sign

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They found it!

AP:
Polish police say they have found the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign that was stolen on Friday from the gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz gate.
Sadly, it's been cut into 3 pieces... how sad.

Source: Polish Police Find Infamous Stolen Auschwitz Gate Sign



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Video: Jack Bauer interrogates Santa Claus

Because Jack Bauer can, and he will if he wants to.




By the way, I believe the new season of 24 begins January 15th on FOX. Join me because it's gonna be BA.

Human Target starts sometime near then on FOX as well. It looks pretty awesome, too.

Armchair Commentary: Jack Bauer interrogates Santa Claus


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Health Care Bill to Mandate Fast Food to Post Calorie Counts on Menus | 73 Wire

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My short new post on 73wire:

Health Care Bill to Mandate Fast Food to Post Calorie Counts on Menus | 73 Wire

Click on though to read it.

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Venezuela Graffiti Depicts Obama as Santa Claus Holding a Missile!

Oh, this is good!




They're calling it Graffiti, but by the looks of it, the art* is in a fairly public place and looks like it took more than just a tagger's ability. I really wouldn't be surprised if this was a covert operation from good ol'
 socialist wannabe Chavez.

*can you call graffiti art?

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Statue of Young Obama Built in Indonesia - With a Nobel Prize


In honor of their (apparently) favorite son, Indonesia has unveiled a statue of a youthful Obama in a park in Jakarta. He's wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and... a Nobel Peace Price. Which is fitting, since he had accomplished as much then as today.

I guess butterflies are a fan, too. Also fitting, butterflies are pretty big on Kool-aid.

Image and info source: Jakarta builds statue of young Obama - - POLITICO.com
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In 48 States, More Jobs Were Lost Than “Created or Saved” | 73 Wire

I just posted today's article on 73wire.com Read it!:



When Barack Obama promised to ease the pain of the latest recession through his “stimulus” plan, many were wary. Later, the President started to skew the results through spin phrases such as jobs being “created or saved.” At that point even more were convinced the results were diminutive at best.73wire.com, In 48 States, More Jobs Were Lost Than “Created or Saved” | 73 Wire, Dec 2009



You should read the whole article.

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Sunday Vids and Links

Good Sunday one and all! Before you get too happy, I hate to remind you that Monday is just a few hours away.

Anywho, let's cut to the chase. Sunday Vids and Links are gonna be a (hopefully) weekly segment giving you my favorite weekend, well, links and vids. Not exactly original, but if you have a problem I'll feed you to Helen Thomas. She's always hungry.

The Funnies

This is why it would be difficult to be a news reporter. Sometimes you just can't handle the funny stuff professionally:



And then there's this, the world's most hilarious new video game. Really, who wouldn't want to be a polar bear dancing in orange speedos who tries to run through holes in walls?



And finally, shedding some light on the skewed unemployment numbers is this video from Mint.



Linky Linky:

Some homemade fun : Make a Cheap Backyard Skating Rink 
Obama’s Safe Schools Czar’s Organizations Inappropriate Sex Talk to 14 year OldsAttention Conservatives!: You Need to Join the Conservative Youth Project 
ClimateGate™ Roundup 12/06/2009 The Road to Nopenhagen
Sarah Palin at the Gridiron Club Winter Dinner

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Attention Conservatives!: You Need to Join the Conservative Youth Project

I'm a proud new member of the newly created Conservative Youth Project, and as such I'm encouraging all conservatives (young and old alike!) to join the project and website.
 Here's their mission:

The mission of the Conservative Youth Project is to create a platform for the Youth of Nation to speak out and to create a better future. It is our beliefs, as Conservatives, that the greatest future we can create is one that derives itself directly from the U.S. Constitution. The route to a better future will be a rough one, and only through re-educating ourselves in our History, our Government, and our Rights will we ever attain a more perfect future.

To protect and further our future, and the future of all those after us we must:

  • Return and Maintain the U.S. Constitution;
  • Boldly speak out against those who threaten the U.S. Constitution;
  • Ensure that previous generations, along with our own, limit government and government spending;
  • Encourage our peers to re-educate themselves, because our current school curriculum is bias;
  • Speak out against liberal bias in today's school system, media, or wherever it may appear;
  • And unite ourselves together, even as They try to keep us apart.
 What are you waiting for?
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To Win or Not to Win, The Answer is Obvious

For years, the so-called "nation" of Afghanistan has been called the "Graveyard of Empires." Today, the American military occupies the vast country in response to a terrorist attack on our soil some 8 years ago. We responded, and we responded with force. A heavy blow was dealt and our enemy has yet to respond in kind.

But that does not mean they no longer can, or don't intend to do so again.

After violence escalated in Afghanistan over the past year, Americans began to doubt our ability to succeed. The current President has decided to send 30,000 more troops to the country to fight the same breed of terrorists who killed 2,996 innocent men and women on September 11th. He has also stated that he intends to stop fighting the war in 2011. Therein lies the problem.

America has, beyond a doubt, the greatest military in the history of Earth. Our troops defeated a Japanese Empire that struck in a way similar to 9/11 - with surprise and malice. At that point in history we did not say that we would fight for 2 years and then submit to defeat if we had not succeeded and it is a mistake to do so today. We fought to the finish to defeat the perpetrators of a heinous act.

What America needs to succeed in the War in Afghanistan is not "exit-ramps" or "end games". Our military needs the power to use the resources they need, in the manner they need them to destroy the threat our peaceful nation is facing.

Do not allow the Taliban and Al Qaeda to wait us out, Mr. President. Our security and the fate of the War on terror depends on it.
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The Famous "Hockey Stick" Graph With Actual Data

It was recently discovered that when Michael Mann and others were working on the "hockey stick" graph, they purposely left out data showing a decline in temperatures. When you take the excluded data and put it in place of the falsified data the results are quite shocking. Below is the original "hockey stick" graph:
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And then they updated graph with the real data:


By Steve McIntyre
Graph by Steve McIntyre
 
I originally posted this on 73wire.com.
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Election Day - Here's How I See It

This is officially the last election day I'll ever have to suffer through without being eligible to vote, but it's OK because out here, we don't have any elections going on. There is, however some heavily contested elections going on in select parts of the country. I'm gonna do my best to break them down and make some predictions.

Virginia Gubernatorial [1] Race


This one is pretty easy to call. Deeds has been getting a serious spanking in the polls as of late and frankly, for much of the race. The RCP average has his Republican challenger up 13.4% an insurmountable lead even if you count fake ballots and margin of error in a state that has gotten indigestion from the Kool-Aid.



Joe Scarborough comments on the race and the liberal spin after Obama won Virginia by mocking his colleague Keith Olbermann, and it's worth a peek.



New Jersey Gubernatorial Race


The apparently awesome-named chubby Chris Christie (R)has been trudging along lately in a hotly contested race against the (conceitedly svelte, yet ugly bearded) incumbent Jon Corzine (D). There's a spoiler independent named Dagget in the race but really, his support is lagging and his turnout will likely be low on account of Christie being Dagget supporters second choice.



My call is a Corzine win. I'd love to see Christie win (still, were there no alternatives?) but the race is too close in a democratic ACORN corrupt state for a Republican to pull it off.

NY-23 Conservative vs. GOP Candidate Endorsed Democrat


Sarah Palin said it best earlier in her reply on Facebook to Biden's criticism to her "energy policy" when she said "Hoffman, Baby, Hoffman!" Every right-minded conservative out there should be and is rooting for this third party, conservative candidate against the SEIU, ACORN supported Owens. The polls are scattered but I'm calling it for Hoffman - as any hopeful, thinking conservative would.

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TIME's Joe Klein: Fox "Spreads Seditious Lies"

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Joe Klein writes a regular column for TIME magazine (which I subscribe to) and it's never very pleasing to the conservative eye or ear. For example, read this snip from one of his blogs:

"I don’t understand why the White House would give such poisonous helium balloons as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity the opportunity for still greater spasms of self-inflation by declaring war on Fox.

If the problem is that stories bloated far beyond their actual importance—ACORN’s corruption, Van Jones’s radical past—are in danger of leaching out of the Fox hothouse into the general media, then perhaps the Administration should be a bit more diligent about whom it hires and whom it funds.
If the problem is broader—that Fox News spreads seditious lies to its demographic sliver of an audience—the Administration should probably be stoic: the wingnuts will always be with us. The best antidote to their garbage is elegant, intelligent governance."

 What I see here isn't a legitimate point. I see fear. As I'm sure Klein's mother told him, name calling doesn't get you anywhere, unless of course you need to polarize your audience toward your side. Just look at this one line: "I don’t understand why the White House would give such poisonous helium balloons as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity the opportunity for still greater spasms of self-inflation..." It was pretty air-headed move. Then Klein calls what is coming out of Fox News "seditious" and that;s just a lie.


What's more, read this from Say Anything:

Sedition is defined as “Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state.”  And, in an earlier time in this nation’s history, it was also defined as “false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government or its officials” in the Sedition Act passed under the John Adams administration.
Adams and his Federalists were afraid of the growing power of the anti-Federalist “republicans” led by Thomas Jefferson and passed the Sedition Act (along with acts to deport immigrant supporters of Jefferson) to silence critics of Federalists.

Klein wants to silence anyone who speaks out against his darling white House and President Obama. But is it so wrong that  commentators want what is best for this country? Dissent is still the highest form of patriotism, and conservatives and Fox News alike stand by that.

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VIDEO: Pelosi on Elm Street

Halloween is coming, and what's scarier than a Nancy Pelosi horror film?

Answer: nothing!

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Mr. President, Put Up or Shut Up.

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During the campaign for president and the first few weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama was adamant about the War in Afghanistan as "The war worth fighting" when it came to terror. And in many ways, he was correct. However, the Presidents reliance and trust in the Generals that run the wars has never been all well and dandy.

As a senator, Obama opposed the surge in Iraq that made the unwinnable war there winnable. And now, despite the escalating tensions in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan we learn that he has only met with the leading US General in Afghanistan, Gen. McChrystal, once.

Just once.

From CBS:
“I’ve talked to the president, since I’ve been here, once on a VTC [video teleconference],” General Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.

“You’ve talked to him once in 70 days?” Mr. Martin followed up.

“That is correct,” the general replied.


I don't know what is more stunning, the fact that Obama is making his way to Copenhagen to appeal to the Olympics Committee to bring the 2016 games to Chicago while all this is going down or the President spoke to the General once in SEVENTY days. Your call.

Look at it this way: How many times have you seen Obama on David Letterman in the past months? How many times have you seen the President with NBC, CBS, ABC and giving interviews and swatting a fly? Exactly how many speeches in the past 70 days has Obama given throughout the country on various issues? Then remember how many times Obama has talked to the man on the front lines, fighting to keep another terrorist attack off US soil.

Just once.

The chief argument against this outrageous revelation is that "the President can't possibly do everything at once!" You're right, but that's no excuse. That's why the President is delegating control to McChrystal and Obama isn't running the war by himself. And the man he's delegated power to has seen him once, over what was probably a choppy video feed.

Even more stunning? Obama called Afghanistan a "top priority" when it was popular to say so, and the Iraq War was in full swing. Now that the war in Afghanistan is losing popularity, Obama is losing interest. Funny how that works. He's even gone so far as shelving McChrystal's request for more troops that the General feels is necessary to win the war.

Mr. President, you are not campaigning anymore. You are President. You cannot simply ignore something and hope it goes away, and you can't leave our Generals and troops out to dry, they don't deserve it and even your toughest critics thought you were better than that. Prove that you are the man you claim to be. Otherwise, how many times are you going to be elected?

Just once.
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