Friday, August 31, 2012

Illinois Bonds Downgraded over Pension Crisis | Via Meadia

Walther Russell Mead explains if Obama loses he’ll have Illinois to blame.

With public-sector unions fighting tooth and nail to preserve their cushy benefits and expensive pension plans, old style Dems like FDR, Harry Truman and Fiorello LaGuardia—all of whom thought that public sector unionism was a terrible idea—are looking smarter and smarter all the time. The combination of collective bargaining and the power of a focused voting lobby and campaign finance machine has unbalanced the budgets of too many cities and states to retain much appeal to the general public.

If the Democrats lose this election, the impact of the clammy embrace of the public sector union movement in the Midwest will be a major factor in the defeat. Defending an unsustainable governance model is no place for a serious political party.

Illinois Bonds Downgraded over Pension Crisis | Via Meadia

Mead might have added Milwaukee’s Socialist Mayor Frank Zeidler to that list of pols who thought public Unions a horrible idea.

Solyndra Glass Tubes Being Used as Art Work in Berkeley Garden

Artists find a use for those gizmos.

Allen West on Chris Matthew's and Chicago

Crossroads Generation - "The Poster"

H/T Illinois Review Powerful ad!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

McHenry County Blog | Democratic Party of Illinois Sends Mailing for Dee Beaubien (Ind.-Madigan)

Mike Madigan’s hand at work.

McHenry County Blog | Democratic Party of Illinois Sends Mailing for Dee Beaubien (Ind.-Madigan)

Is Holder's DOJ 'Community Organizing' Occupy Activists at the RNC?

Wonder what their travel orders look like.

Is Holder's DOJ 'Community Organizing' Occupy Activists at the RNC?

Former Obama Voters: Romney's Switchers Ad

Obama Surrogate Tim Kaine Makes The Case For Electing Mitt Romney

I don't think the county can take much more of Democrat's forward looking policies. Four years have been enough because much work left to be done, and what's been by this Administration's only made the economy worse.

S&P lowers Illinois credit rating over pensions

S&P lowers Illinois credit rating over pensions

On our way to junk bond status

NIAC - National Indian American Coalition interview with Representative Judy Biggert

Follow the link below for a video with Congresswomen Biggert.  Also note Joe Walsh has signed on to HR 1699.  I think the Indian American vote may be the difference if both of their races.

The Executive Committee of National Indian American Coalition ( hosted a lunch meeting with Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL) on June 10th, 2011 at its headquarters in Carol Stream, IL. The purpose of the meeting was to acquaint Ms. Biggert on the formation of NIAC and present issues important to Indian Americans.

After introductions, Mr. Shalli Kumar made a high tech power point presentation embedded with many video clips. The PPT pointed out that Indian Americans are the most well to do ethnic group in the US. They have the highest median income, have the highest education with 67% having a Bachelor’s degree as compared to 28% nationally. Indian Americans strongly believe in self-reliance, take the least from Government and make the highest level of contributions to charities. More than 57% are in professional or managerial positions. We have the highest ratio of entrepreneurs, one in seven. Out of a total population of about 3 million, 400,000 have their own businesses, employing 1.2 million jobs and generating $150 billion per year in revenue. Indian Americans in general believe in hard work, fiscal discipline, rewarding success not failure, spending within your means, balanced budgets, save for the future for your kids, strong family values, less intrusive government, less regulatory burdens, lower taxes, and a strong national defense against terrorism. All these traits should make the Republican party pay a lot more attention to the Indian American community.


NIAC Executive committee urged Congresswoman Judy Biggert to support HR 1699 (introduced by Ted Poe and Allen West) with a change that requires Certification to be done by Congress instead of Secretary of State. She expressed general support for the Bill and stated that she would most likely sign-on to it, but asked for a few days to study all the fine points of the Bill and then issue a statement. She agreed that it should be Congress who should certify Pakistan’s compliance on war on terror, and not the Administration.

NIAC - National Indian American Coalition; For Individual Responsibility

Man Crucified By Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Ansar Al-Shari;a For Allegedly Directing U.S. Drones In Yemen – Video Posted On YouTube – Warning: Graphic Images

David Chalian: Romney's ‘Happy To Have A Party When Black People Drown’

Not only Liberal and Biased, but sort of dumb.  Now fired for it.  Via Politico….

David Chalian: Romney's ‘Happy To Have A Party When Black People Drown’ -

MSNBC abandons GOP convention during every speech by a minority

Conservatives of Color drive some Liberals up a wall.

MSNBC abandons GOP convention during every speech by a minority « » Print The Daily Caller

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Poll on Illinois GOP Primary for Governor

Had an automated call last night asking who I would favor in a GOP Primary for Illinois Governor.  Can't find the list of names presented right now but it was the usual suspects; no Joe Walsh though.  I pressed "other" for my choice.

CBS News on Romney and Doing business the Mormon way - Illinois Review

Check it out…..

In case you missed it, check out the CBS News clip below. FYI: Gail King is Oprah's best friend. Charlie Rose is one of the most liberal people in the news. Hard to believe they aired this.

CBS News on Romney and Doing business the Mormon way - Illinois Review

Monday, August 27, 2012

Joe Walsh Honored by Small Business Endorsement

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Newt Takes It to Chris Matthews on His 'Racist Thinking'

Illinois 34th Senate District Race between Democrat Steve Stadleman and Republican Frank Gambino

Rockford Tea Party interviews the candidates in Illinois's 34th District.

Samuel Braverman RIP

My Dad would take me to Braverman's on Chicago Ave just west of Ashland for Corn Beef Sandwiches and a Potato Pancake. The owner Samuel Braverman passed in March. From his obit in the Trib.

As did many people of his generation, he worked very hard all his life to achieve the American Dream of a loving family and a successful business. During his long business career, he owned many businesses, but one, Braverman's Cafeteria Restaurant, received local and national recognition as the place "where the corned beef came through the rye." Braverman's trademark Corned Beef sandwich was a truly iconic Chicago delicacy. In 1966 he was honored by being on the cover of the Chicago Sun-Times Midwest Magazine, which featured Braverman's.

House District 84 Democrat candidate Stephanie Kifowit on the Pat Quinn Tax hike

Not an easy one to defend for Kifowit. H/T Illinois Review

Friday, August 24, 2012

More than 2,200 hospitals face penalties under ObamaCare rules

I’m expecting lists of Hospitals to be penalized to be out soon (over the weekend).  I’m betting many providers serving lower income communities.  Very poor policy that will hurt patients and quality of care.

A provision of ObamaCare is set to punish roughly two-thirds of U.S. hospitals evaluated by Medicare starting this fall over high readmission rates, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News.

Starting in October, Medicare will reduce reimbursements to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates -- which refers to patients who return within a month -- by as much as 1 percent. The maximum penalty increases to 2 percent the following year and 3 percent in 2014. 

Doctors are concerned the penalty is unfair, since sometimes they have to accept patients more than once in a brief period of time but could be penalized for doing so -- even for accepting seniors who are sick.

More than 2,200 hospitals face penalties under ObamaCare rules | Fox News

Will the Romney Campaign Demand Release of the Obama-Khalidi Video?

Illinois Policy Institute - Blog - Progressive income tax: Brought to you by Illinois unions

Illinois Policy Institute - Blog - Progressive income tax: Brought to you by Illinois unions

Next step: A progressive income tax.  It's worked such wonders for New York and California.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Obama and Exelon

Great Stuff from the RNC:


The White House Has Shown Preferential Treatment For Exelon, A Company With Long-Standing Ties To Obama



Exelon Was One Of Only Six Electric Utilities Selected For A $200 Million Energy Department Grant And Received A Commitment For $646 Million With "Extremely Generous Financial Terms" From The Treasury Department. "In addition, Exelon, which provides power to more than 6.6 million customers in at least 16 states and the District of Columbia, was chosen as one of only six electric utilities nationwide for the maximum $200 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department. And when the Treasury Department granted loans for renewable energy projects, Exelon landed a commitment for up to $646 million allowing it, on extremely generous financial terms, to finance one of the world's largest photovoltaic solar projects." (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)

  • "Records Show That Exelon Executives Were Able To Secure An Unusually Large Number Of Meetings With Top Administration Officials At Key Moments." "White House records show that Exelon executives were able to secure an unusually large number of meetings with top administration officials at key moments in the consideration of environmental regulations that have been drafted in a way that hurt Exelon's competitors, but curb the high cost of compliance for Exelon and its industry allies." (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)

Exelon's Access And Success Leads Competitors To Lament That "[E]xelon Seems To Get Deference That I Can't Get. "'I would like to get some treatment in Washington like that,' said Ken Anderson, general manager at Tri-State G&T, a Colorado-based power supplier that has been at odds with Exelon over environmental regulations. 'But Exelon seems to get deference that I can't get.'" (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)


"Exelon's Top Executives Were Early And Frequent Supporters Of Mr. Obama As He Rose From The Illinois State Senate To The White House." (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)

Senior Campaign Adviser David Axelrod And Former Chief Of Staff Rahm Emanuel Both Have Ties To Exelon. "David Axelrod, Mr. Obama's longtime political strategist, once worked as an Exelon consultant, and Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor and Mr. Obama's former chief of staff, helped create the company through a corporate merger in 2000 while working as an investment banker." (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)

John Rogers, Exelon Board Member And Family Friend, Is One Of Obama's Biggest Campaign Bundlers. "By far the strongest link is with Mr. Rogers, the Exelon board member and family friend. A college classmate of Michelle Obama's brother, he was co-chairman of Mr. Obama's inauguration committee and still occasionally plays basketball with Mr. Obama. He is one of Mr. Obama's biggest campaign donation bundlers, having raised more than $500,000, and has co-hosted several fund-raisers, including one in March that featured a performance by the Grammy-winning musician John Legend." (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)

William Von Hoene, Jr., Who Oversees Exelon's Legal And Lobbying Team , Also Bundles For The Obama Campaign And Has Attended Meetings At The White House On Behalf Of Exelon. "Another Obama bundler is William A. Von Hoene Jr., who oversees Exelon's legal and lobbying team out of Chicago, despite Mr. Obama's rule against accepting contributions from lobbyists. Mr. Von Hoene is not a registered lobbyist, although records show he attended a White House meeting to push Exelon's cause." (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)

Exelon Lobbyist Boasted That "It's Nice" For Then-Exelon CEO John Rowe "To Be Able To Go To The White House And They Know His Name." "But the relationship with the Obama administration was so strong that Exelon boasted about it after the election. 'It's nice for John to be able to go to the White House and they know his name,' Elizabeth Anne Moler, then an Exelon lobbyist in Washington, told Forbes magazine, referring to Mr. Rowe, then its chief executive." (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)

Before Retiring, Then-Exelon CEO John Rowe Visited The White House Eight Times, And In 2011, He Met With Top Administration Officials Including Bill Daley, Cass Sunstein, Lisa Jackson, and Gina McCarthy. "White House records show that Mr. Rowe, before his retirement, visited eight times, far more than chief executives of coal-centered companies like American Electric Power that were fighting parts of the rules that Mr. Rowe was supporting. Exelon's efforts peaked in 2011, White House meeting records show. Mr. Rowe flew to Washington in March, and met with William M. Daley, then Mr. Obama's chief of staff; Cass Sunstein, then the head of the White House office that oversees all federal regulations; Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Gina McCarthy, the agency's top air pollution official. Exelon's competitors were seeking extra time to comply with the rule, which the administration was under a court order to issue. Exelon and its industry allies argued against any extension." (Eric Lipton, "Ties To Obama Aided In Access for Big Utility," The New York Times , 8/22/12)


The Washington Post 's "The Fact Checker" Says There Are "Legitimate Questions To Be Asked About [Obama's] Dealings" With Exelon. "There are certainly legitimate questions to be asked about his dealings with senior Exelon executives, who have poured large sums of money into his campaign." (Michael Dobbs, "Obama's 'Backroom Deal'?" The Washington Post's " The Fact Checker," 2/14/08)

During The 2008 Election Cycle, Exelon Employees Contributed $203,663 To Obama. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/23/12)

Exelon Corp. Has Donated Money To Obama Since He Was A State Senator In Illinois. "Exelon executives and employees have given $161,000 to Obama's presidential bid. He's received an additional $86,000 since 1998 from Exelon's political action committee, employees and predecessor, Commonwealth Edison. Obama got money from the company in his 1998 bid for the Illinois state Senate and for his failed 2000 congressional campaign. Exelon also donated to Obama's PAC and his successful 2004 U.S. Senate bid." (Erin Neff, Op-Ed, "Obama And Yucca," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/15/07)


Exelon's Chief Lobbyist Met With Obama's Staff To Discuss His 2006 Nuclear Notification Legislation. "The chief Exelon lobbyist on the Obama bill was David C. Brown. … Brown says that he met with the Obama staffer responsible for the notification legislation, Todd Atkinson, half a dozen times between January and June 2006, while the bill was being considered by the Senate environment committee." (Michael Dobbs, "Obama's 'Backroom Deal'?" The Washington Post's " The Fact Checker," 2/14/08)

  • NOTE: In March 2006, Obama Introduced The Nuclear Release Notice Act Of 2006, Which Required Nuclear Plants To Immediately Notify Federal, State, And Local Authorities Of Any Accidental Release Of Nuclear Material Exceeding "Allowable Limits For Normal Operation" "On March 1, Mr. Obama introduced a bill known as the Nuclear Release Notice Act of 2006. It stated flatly that nuclear plants 'shall immediately' notify federal, state and local officials of any accidental release of radioactive material that exceeded 'allowable limits for normal operation.'" (Mike McIntire, "Nuclear Leaks And Response Tested Obama In Senate," The New York Times , 2/3/08)

Exelon's Chief Lobbyist Arranged A Meeting Outside A Senate Hearing Room Between Obama And Exelon CEO And Campaign Contributor John W. Rowe. "In addition, he helped arrange a five-minute meeting between Exelon CEO (and Obama contributor) John W. Rowe and Senator Obama outside a Senate hearing room on March 29, at which the bill was briefly discussed." (Michael Dobbs, "Obama's 'Backroom Deal'?" The Washington Post's " The Fact Checker" Blog, 2/14/08)

When Exelon Shared Its Concerns About The Bill, Obama Said, "Fine, Work With Todd [Obama's Legislative Assistant]." "As Brown remembers this conversation, Rowe told Obama that he supported his bill, but that the company had some concerns about the language. According to Brown, Obama replied, 'Fine, work with Todd.'" (Michael Dobbs, "Obama's 'Backroom Deal'?" The Washington Post's " The Fact Checker" Blog, 2/14/08)

Obama Eventually Agreed To Rewrite A "Drastically Different" Bill, Which Passed Out Of Committee In September 2006. "But eventually, Mr. Obama agreed to rewrite the bill, and when the environment committee approved it in September 2006, he and his co-sponsors hailed it as a victory. In interviews over the past two weeks, Obama aides insisted that the revisions did not substantively alter the bill. In fact, it was left drastically different." (Mike McIntire, "Nuclear Leaks And Response Tested Obama In Senate," The New York Times, 2/3/08)

  • "[R]epresentatives Of Exelon And The Nuclear Commission Said They Were Satisfied With The Revised Bill." (Mike McIntire, "Nuclear Leaks And Response Tested Obama In Senate," The New York Times, 2/3/08)

Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Exelon Corporation -

Surprised this hasn’t made Drudge.  Old news especially to us in Illinois but odd to see the NYT putting it Front Page today.
Still, the relationship between Mr. Obama and Exelon has been mutually beneficial. The ties go back at least to Mr. Obama’s tenure in the Illinois State Senate, when he befriended an Exelon lobbyist named Frank M. Clark. Exelon’s employees, including Mr. Clark, were among the biggest financial supporters of Mr. Obama’s United States Senate campaign, with donations also from Mr. Rowe, then the company’s chief executive, and others in the executive suite, campaign finance records show.

Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Exelon Corporation -

I suspect the ties go way back to Tom “Dad of Bill” Ayers

Brad Schneider: The Liberal Lemming

Press Release on Romney’s Energy Plan


Romney Presents Vision For America As An Energy Superpower

Boston, MA Tomorrow at Watson Truck & Supply in Hobbs, New Mexico, Mitt Romney will present a crucial component of his Plan for a Stronger Middle Class: a comprehensive energy strategy to achieve North American energy independence by 2020 and establish America as an energy superpower in the 21st century.

From analysts at Citigroup and Raymond James, to experts at think tanks like the Manhattan Institute, to scholars at the Harvard Kennedy School, there is a growing consensus that energy independence can become a reality. The widespread benefits of embracing the development of America’s natural resources will be felt across the nation and spur the economic recovery that Americans are still waiting for.

The Romney Agenda:

· Federal Lands: Empower States To Control Onshore Energy Development

· Offshore Areas: Open Offshore Areas For Energy Development

· North America: Pursue a North American Energy Partnership

· Resource Evaluation: Ensure Accurate Assessment Of Energy Resources

· Regulatory Reform: Restore Transparency And Fairness To Permitting And Regulation

· Innovation: Facilitate Private-Sector-Led Development Of New Energy Technologies

The Results:

· More than three million new jobs, including over one million in manufacturing

· An economic resurgence adding more than $500 billion to GDP

· A stronger dollar and a reduced trade deficit

· More than $1 trillion in revenue for federal, state, and local governments

· Lower energy prices for job creators and middle-class families

· National security strengthened by freedom from dependence on foreign energy supplies

The Romney campaign released a white paper demonstrating the potential to achieve energy independence by 2020, highlighting the extraordinary benefits for the middle class that would accompany such an achievement, and detailing the policies he will pursue in support of this agenda.

To View This White Paper Online, Click Here:

HuffPo Hides Schakowsky's No-Show at Her Own Protest

The old leftist in me finds this pretty pathetic.

HuffPo Hides Schakowsky's No-Show at Her Own Protest

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Walsh: Duckworth admits she's "not ready" - Illinois Review

Transcript from the Trib’s interview with Duckworth and Walsh H/T Illinois Review (link below).  Considering the flak Walsh takes for speaking his mind, Duckworth says some pretty amazing stuff.

Rick Pearson: More substantially both candidates were asked about the issue of entitlement reform, things like Medicare, the healthcare plan for the elderly, and social security, which experts have said can’t really be sustained at the financial level they’re facing with the baby boomer generation.  Here’s what both candidates had to say.

Tammy Duckworth:  “I’m not ready to look at that now, I understand that is something that to maybe discuss later.  I don’t think we look at that now. I think we cut a trillion dollars in tax credits for people making more than a million dollars first.  If you can’t afford your prescription medicine, you shouldn’t still be going to the movies.  The solution is not to cut prescription medication

Board: You want a trillion dollars in tax credits for people making more than a million dollars?

Tammy Duckworth: We’re saying letting the Bush tax credits expire, the Bush tax cuts for those making more than a million dollars, we should allow those to expire, that’s already cost us
a trillion dollars over the lifetime of the tax credits

Board: But your answer is you’re not willing to go to dramatic points yet on the entitlements

Tammy Duckworth: “I’m not going to balance the budget on the back of our most vulnerable, when we’re continuing to give tax cuts to the wealthiest.”

Joe Walsh: “We have to reform entitlements, period.  It’s the biggest and the fastest piece of the federal budget and it makes everything else minuscule in comparison.”

Rick Pearson: “As you can see, Walsh did not shy away from the Tea Party’s agenda of less government and less spending, while Duckworth, not really wanting to discuss the issue of entitlement reform, said she would not be a rubber stamp for President Obama.”

Walsh: Duckworth admits she's "not ready" - Illinois Review#more

Paul Ryan: Medicare Shouldn't Be A Piggy Bank For Obamacare

Paul Ryan speaking on Medicare at the Villages in Florida.

Understanding A President Who Claims Cuts “Strengthen” Medicare, Payments To Hospitals Are “Waste,” And Insurance For Seniors Is A “Subsidy”

A clip from a Romney campaign Memorandum

So to be clear, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have the same vision for the future of Medicare. The plan put forward by Governor Romney in November 2011, and the bipartisan one put forward in December 2012, take the same approach that (a) makes no changes to Medicare for those over 55; (b) starting in 2022, transitions Medicare to a premium support model with competitive bidding to determine support levels, (c) offers traditional Medicare as an option competing in that system, and (d) means-tests the premium support so that lower-income seniors receive the most generous assistance. 

Read the whole thing for the impact on ACA’s hit on Medicare for 8 Billion.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Florida: Romney 45%, Obama 43%

So much for Ryan tanking the senior vote,

Election 2012: Florida President - Rasmussen Reports™

Retirees are a sizable bloc of voters in Florida, and Democrats are already criticizing Ryan’s Medicare reform proposal in an effort to win those voters. But 48% of the state’s voters fear the president’s health care law more than Ryan’s proposal when it comes to the future of Medicare. Just 41% fear Ryan’s proposal more.

Among seniors, 54% are more fearful of the president’s plan.

Romney now holds a 24-point lead over Obama among Florida voters 65 and older. Last month, the GOP challenger held a 17-point lead in this age group.

Mitt Romney and President Obama still run nearly even in Florida just days after the Republican named Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate.

Joe Biden Unhinged

The Veeps out I'm sure. Can you blame Obama?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paul Ryan on Medicare, budget plan, relationship with Romney

Erskine Bowles: Ryan budget is "sensible...honest, serious"

Erskine Bowles was President Clinton's Chief of Staff and the Democratic co-Chair of President Obama's Budget Commission aka Bowles-Simpson Commission.

John Kass: Biden gets in mud pit, plays the race card

Biden gets in mud pit, plays the race card

I'm betting Biden goes.  Too much baggage to carry a late night talk show joke on the ticket.

‘Y’all going to be put back in chains’?

Giuliani on the Veep speaking Ebonically,

KUDLOW: You know, what did he say? ‘Y’all going to be put back in chains’? That almost has racial overtones, Rudy Giuliani. What’s your take on that?

GIULIANI: Well, I think if it came from somebody serious maybe we’d get all excited about it. But the — I think the vice president of the United States has become a laugh line on late night television. I mean, he — I’ve never seen a vice president that has made as many mistakes, said as many stupid things. I mean, there’s a real fear if, God forbid, he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency, whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it. I mean, this guy just isn’t bright. He’s never been bright. He isn’t bright. And people think, ‘Well, he just talks a little too much.’ Actually he’s just not very smart.

Giuliani Wonders Whether Biden Has ‘Mental Capacity’ for Presidency - By Robert Costa - The Corner - National Review Online

McHenry County Blog | IEA Spokesman Too Young To Know His Union’s Role in the Pension Crisis

Good post by Cal Skinner on the IEA’s complicity in the current crisis.  They weren’t passive players.  Listen to ‘em and you’d think they’re victims.

McHenry County Blog | IEA Spokesman Too Young To Know His Union’s Role in the Pension Crisis

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Congressman Joe Walsh : Latest News : Rep. Walsh to Holder: Do the Right Thing

Congressman Joe Walsh : Latest News : Rep. Walsh to Holder: Do the Right Thing

Great of Walsh, but I'm not counting on it.

FAIL. Obama Slams Ryan For Not Passing Farm Bill That He Passed 2 Weeks Ago

Not sure those guys with OFA over at the Prudential Bldg serve the Prez very well. The GOP in the House passed the Farm Bill and now we're all waiting for the Democrat controlled Senate to move on it. The Prez should have known before stepping into it.

Obama's gutting of Medicare

via The Counterpunch

The first is this: While Obama has shown appallingly little seriousness in dealing with our runaway deficit spendingor the runaway entitlement spending that drives it, he does have his own plan to reduce Medicare costs. It relies upon the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a creation of Obamacare.  
The IPAB is a board of 15 unelected and largely unaccountable bureaucrats who would be empowered to cut payments to Medicare providers. In Ryan’s own words, “Obamacare … puts a new rationing board in charge of Medicare next year to start price-controlling Medicare to deny access to current seniors.” (Amazingly, Obamacare says that Congress wouldn’t even be allowed to overrule the IPAB’s decisions with a majority vote, thereby also making the IPAB quite constitutionally dubious.)
Amazing how much little platy the IPAB's received. It's expected to cut Medicare payments to providers to levels below Medicaid to help fund ACA (Obamacare) and very little said of it by MSM.

How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For The Cities - Forbes

Via Forbes today,

President Obama’s plans for a second-term include an initiative to systematically redistribute the wealth of America’s suburbs to the cities.  It’s a transformative idea, and deserves to be fully aired before the election.  But like a lot of his major progressive policy innovations, Obama has advanced this one stealthily–mostly through rule-making, appointment, and vague directives.  Obama has worked on this project in collaboration with Mike Kruglik, one of his original community organizing mentors.  Kruglik’s new group, Building One America, advocates “regional tax-base sharing,” a practice by which suburban tax money is directly redistributed to nearby cities and less-well-off “inner-ring” suburbs.  Kruglik’s group also favors a raft of policies designed to coerce people out of their cars and force suburbanites (with their tax money) back into densely packed cities

How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For The Cities – Forbes

Klein and Elliots “Fool Me Twice” has a chapter devoted to this program. Oddly, this once seemed racist. Consider Indianapolis local and county unified form of government which diluted the African American vote.

The comments here on Obama discouraging AAs from moving to the burbs funny on two levels. Obama himself lived in Hyde Park. A neighborhood famous as a place where whites and blacks alike unite against the poor.

Second, AA’s have left Chicago the past few year in tens of thousands. An exodus of the black middle class that’s depopulating the South side especially. While they may have voted for Obama, they’re not acting on this message.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Allen West's Shameful Ad

Is the gold tooth and West punching two white women racist?

The Romney Ryan clip edited out by CBS

Hot Air reports this vid was edited out of 60 mins by CBS

Romney Destroys Heckler: 'Mr. President Get Your Campaign Out of the Gutter'

Paul Ryan's Homecoming Rally Speech in Wisconsin 08/12/2012

Obama in Iowa

Devastating set of links from the Romney campaign on Obama’s impact on Iowa.

PROMISE: After Winning The 2008 Iowa Caucuses, Obama Said “Change Is Coming To America.” OBAMA: “We are choosing hope over fear. (Cheers, applause.) We’re choosing unity over division and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America. (Cheers, applause.)” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks In Des Moines, IA, 1/3/08)

  • Obama: “Our Time For Change Has Come.” “You have done what the state of New Hampshire can do in five days. You have done what America can do in this new year, 2008. In lines that stretched around schools and churches, in small towns and in big cities, you came together as Democrats, Republicans and independents to stand up and say that we are one nation. We are one people. And our time for change has come.” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks In Des Moines, IA, 1/3/08)

BROKEN: Obama Admitted Washington Is Stuck With “More Of The Same,” And “Maybe A Little Worse.” CNN’s WOLF BLITZER: “When we spoke here end of 2008, ‘hope and change.’ You know what I see in Washington still to this day? OBAMA: “More of the same.” BLITZER: “The same old same old.” OBAMA: “Yeah.” BLITZER: “A lot of bickering, backstabbing.” OBAMA: “Maybe a little worse.” (CNN’s “ The Situation Room,” 8/16/11)

  • Obama: “What I Said To Them Is You Deserve Better Than You Have Been Getting Out Of Washington Over The Last Two And A Half Months, For That Matter For The Last Two And A Half Years.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At $35,800 Per Person Fundraiser, New York, NY, 8/11/11)


While Iowans Continue To Suffer, Obama’s Proposed
Tax Hikes Will Hurt Iowa’s Economy Even More

Obama’s Plan To Raise Taxes Would Cost Iowa 8,000 Jobs. (Drs. Robert Carroll and Gerald Prante, “Long-Run Macroeconomic Impact Of Increasing Tax Rates On High-Income Taxpayers In 2013,” Ernst & Young LLP , 7/12)

  • Obama’s Plan To Raise Taxes Would Cost Iowa $2 Billion In Lost Economic Output. (Drs. Robert Carroll and Gerald Prante, “Long-Run Macroeconomic Impact Of Increasing Tax Rates On High-Income Taxpayers In 2013,” Ernst & Young LLP , 7/12)

According To The Iowa Policy Project, One In Four Iowa Families Are Already Failing To Keep Up With The Rising Costs Of Living. “Nearly one in four Iowa families are failing to keep up with the rising costs of living, and the Iowa City metropolitan area ranks among the state’s most expensive places for families to live, according to a report issued Thursday.” (Josh O’Leary, “Report: One In Four Iowa Families Failing To Keep Up With Cost Of Living,” Iowa Press Citizen, 5/31/12)

  • Twenty-Three Percent Of Iowa’s Working Households Are Earning Incomes Below What Is Needed To Meet Their Basic Needs. “Twenty-three percent of the state’s working households are earning incomes below what is needed to meet their basic needs, according to a study conducted by the Iowa Policy Project, an Iowa City-based group which bills itself as a non-partisan research group. That’s nearly twice the percentage of Iowans who fall below the federal poverty threshold, the researchers said.” (Josh O’Leary, “Report: One In Four Iowa Families Failing To Keep Up With Cost Of Living,” Iowa Press Citizen, 5/31/12)
  • Co-Author Of The Iowa Policy Project Peter Fisher: "The Study Highlights The Inadequacy Of The Government Standards Used To Determine The Eligibility For A Number Of State And Federal Programs.” “Co-author Peter Fisher said with the research showing almost double the number of Iowa families unable to meet basic costs of living than fall below the federal poverty threshold, the study highlights the inadequacy of the government standards used to determine eligibility for a number of state and federal programs.” (Josh O’Leary, “Report: One In Four Iowa Families Failing To Keep Up With Cost Of Living,” Iowa Press Citizen, 5/31/12)

Between 2008 To 2010, 35,588 More People In Iowa Fell Into Poverty. (“Poverty: 2007 And 2008,” U.S. Census Bureau, 10/11; “Poverty: 2009 And 2010,” U.S. Census Bureau, 10/11)

  • Since Obama Took Office, The Number Of People In Iowa Receiving Food Stamps Has Increased By 44 Percent. (“Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program: Number Of Persons Participating ,” Food Research And Action Center, Accessed 8/10/12; “Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program: Number Of Persons Participating,” USDA Food And Nutrition Service, Accessed 8/10/12)

51,000 Iowa Children, Or 7 Percent, Have At Least One Unemployed Parent. (The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count Data Center, Accessed 10/18/11)

  • In Iowa, The Percentage Of Children In Poverty Has Increased From 14 Percent In 2005 To 16 Percent In 2010. “The percentage of children in poverty has increased from 14 percent in 2005 to 16 percent in 2010. An increasing percentage of Iowa children are living in poverty and a quarter of the state’s children have parents who lack secure employment, according to a national study released Wednesday.” (Mary Stegmeir, “Child Poverty Is Growing Across Iowa, Report Finds,” Des Moines Register , 7/26/12)
  • “The Percentage Of Children Living In Households With A High Housing Cost Burden Increased From 25 Percent In 2005 To 27 Percent In 2010.” (Mary Stegmeir, “Child Poverty Is Growing Across Iowa, Report Finds,” Des Moines Register , 7/26/12)


ObamaCare Comes With A Big Price Tag In Iowa

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Is Imposing A 9.3 Percent Increase On Individual Policyholders’ Premiums Who Are Under The Age Of 65. “Iowa has approved a 9.3 percent rate increase by Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for individual health insurance premiums. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss approved the request last week. The decision means rate increases of up to $45 a month beginning April 1 for 86,000 individual Wellmark policyholders ages 65 and under. Wellmark insures about 1.8 million Iowa residents, most through employers. The Des Moines-based company proposed the increase, citing rising health care costs.” (“State Approves 9.3% Rate Increase For Wellmark,” The Associated Press , 1/3/12)

  • Wellmark Notes “The Primary Reason For The Increase In The Base Rate Is The Projected Growth In Health Care Expenses.” “Is this increase due to health care reform? Health care reform does include increased benefits for some policies, unless the member is on a grandfathered plan. However, the primary reason for the increase in the base rate is the projected growth in health care expenses.” ( Wellmark, Accessed 3/28/12)
  • Wellmark Is “Iowa’s Largest Health Insurance Provider.” “Iowa’s largest health insurance provider wants to raise rates 9.35 percent for Iowa individual policyholders under 65, high enough to trigger a review under state law.” (Dave DeWitte, “Wellmark Asks 9.35% Individual Health Insurance Rate Hike,”, 10/17/11)

ObamaCare Has Also Harmed Iowa Businesses

Des Moines-Based American Enterprise Group’s Decision To Stop Providing Individual Insurance Due To The “Widespread Anxiety Among Insurance Companies Over The Raft Of Regulation Resulting From The Health Care Overhaul Bill” Cost 40 Iowa Jobs. “Des Moines-based American Enterprise Group announced Thursday that it will exit the individual major medical insurance market, making it the 13th company to pull out of some portion of Iowa’s health insurance business since June 2010. The move means 110 employees will lose their jobs over the next three years — 40 in Des Moines and 70 in Omaha. It also underscores the widespread anxiety among insurance companies over the raft of regulation resulting from the health care overhaul bill.” (“Iowa Insurer Exits Some Individual Health Policies,” Des Moines Register, 10/20/11)

Iowa’s Largest Manufacturing Employer, John Deere, Took A $150 Million Charge Because Of ObamaCare. “Deere & Company, Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer, said in a statement this morning that the recently-passed health care legislation will cost the company $150 million after tax this year... Golden said Deere and other companies warned congress in a letter last December that the imposition of a tax on the prescription costs would force publicly-traded corporations like Deere to publicly account for the extra costs. Deere said the impact of the legislation had not been included in its forecast for a profit of $1.3 billion for this year.” (Dan Piller, “Deere Says Health Care Bill Will Cost It $150 Million,” The Des Moines Register’s “Green Fields”, 3/25/10)

Bettendorf, IA Mayor And Small Business Owner: ObamaCare Has Kept His Company From Hiring. “Freemire said he could have added another employee at Results Integrated Marketing and Freemire Enterprises if not for the health care law.”(Jennifer Jacobs and Adam Belz, “President Touts Jobs, Knocks Cynicism,” Des Moines Register, 6/28/11)

  • The Mayor Also Expects Health Care Costs To Continue To Grow “Exponentially Greater.” “Bettendorf Mayor Michael Freemire, a Republican, said the federal health care law meant 18 percent in additional costs last year to his two small businesses, which together employ 19. The law will add 17.5 percent this year, and he expects it to get ‘exponentially greater.’” (Jennifer Jacobs and Adam Belz, “President Touts Jobs, Knocks Cynicism,” Des Moines Register, 6/28/11)


Obama’s Proposed Defense Cuts Target Des Moines Air Force Base

Obama’s FY 2013 Defense Budget Cuts Would Eliminate 492 Positions At Des Moines Air Force Base. “The U.S. Air Force today asked Congress today to eliminate 492 positions with the Des Moines-based 132nd, a 39 percent reduction in staffing, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.” (William Petroski, “Air Force Recommends Cutting 492 Positions At Des Moines Air Force Guard Unit,” Des Moines Register , 3/6/12)

Obama’s Budget Seeks To Retire 21 Jets Operated By The Air National Guard 132nd Fighter Wing in Iowa. “Rep. Tom Latham’s office confirmed Monday that President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget for next fiscal year includes an Air Force plan to retire the 21 jets operated by the Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing.” (Tony Leys, “President’s Budget Would Pull Air Guard F-16 Jets From DM Airport,” Des Moines Register , 2/13/12)

  • Action Would “Cost Approximately Half” Of The Base’s 1,000 Full And Part Time Jobs. “The Air Force recommended recently that the F-16 operation be replaced with a unit that would operate unmanned drones. Latham’s office has been told the change would cost approximately half of the Air Guard base’s 1,000 full- and part-time jobs.” (Tony Leys, “President’s Budget Would Pull Air Guard F-16 Jets From DM Airport,” Des Moines Register , 2/13/12)

Democrats In Iowa’s Congressional Delegation “Decried” Obama’s Proposed Cuts

Iowa’s Congressional Delegation “Decried The Proposal.” “James Carstensen, Latham’s chief of staff, said Latham will examine later documents specifying the expected savings and job cuts before deciding what action to take. Latham and the rest of the Iowa delegation decried the proposal when it was unveiled earlier this month. Carstensen expressed disappointment that the proposal was included in the president’s budget.” (Tony Leys, “President’s Budget Would Pull Air Guard F-16 Jets From DM Airport,” Des Moines Register , 2/13/12)

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Doesn’t Understand Why The Air Force Is “Targeting Des Moines.” “‘Though the proposal to decommission the 132nd’s F-16s is not final, the Air Force still cannot provide an adequate explanation for targeting Des Moines, the cost-effectiveness of decommissioning this unit, or the impact it will have on the local community,’ Harkin, a Democrat, said in a statement.” (Jennifer Jacobs, “Iowa Lawmakers Grill Air Force Leaders About Plan To Cut 500 D.M Jobs,” Des Moines Register , 2/9/12)

Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA) “Will Continue To Fight” For The Des Moines Unit. “Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City, in a statement said ‘The 132nd Fighter Wing is one of the finest in the country. … The Air National Guard, including the 132nd Fighter Wing, has played a critical role in defending our states here at home as well as our nation overseas, and I will continue to fight for them.’” (Jennifer Jacobs, “Iowa Lawmakers Grill Air Force Leaders About Plan To Cut 500 D.M Jobs,” Des Moines Register , 2/9/12)

  • Loebasck: “The Proposal To Move The F-16’s Out Of Des Moines Was Short-Sighted.” “‘I am very proud to offer this amendment. The men and women of the 132nd Fighter Wing have proven time and again they are some of the hardest working and most experienced in the National Guard. Their performance is second to none. The proposal to move the F-16s out of Des Moines was short-sighted and wasn’t a good deal for taxpayers or our national security. I am pleased the other members of the House Armed Services Committee agree and I strongly encourage the passage of this amendment,’ Loebsack said.” (William Petroski, “Loebsack Seeks Bipartisan Support To Keep 132nd Fighter Wing In Des Moines,” Des Moines Register , 5/9/12)


Obama’s Environmental Regulations Didn’t Work For Iowa’s Electricity Rates

Iowa’s MidAmerican Energy Raising Rates “For The First Time Since 1995” By 4 Percent In 2012 And 2-3 Percent In 2013. “For the first time since 1995 MidAmerican Energy is raising rates. The company is asking the Iowa Utilities Board for a 2 year rate increase. For 2012, the company is raising prices by 4%, which is about a $2.33 monthly increase for the average homeowner. In 2013, the company is asking for another 2%-3% increase, for the average homeowner that’s about $1.30 more per month.” (Erika Cervantes, “Iowa MidAmerican Rates Increasing,” KWQC News, 2/29/12)

  • MidAmerican Energy Cites EPA Mandated Improvements As Reason For Rate Hike. “MidAmerican’s president says it’s because the EPA is mandating environmental improvements to their plants. The company has to improve the pollution system at their coal fired power plants. Also, freight is costing the company more. A long term coal transportation contract is about to expire and MidAmerican expects the rates to increase dramatically.” (Erika Cervantes, “Iowa MidAmerican Rates Increasing,” KWQC News, 2/29/12)

Obama’s Green Energy Funds Didn’t Work For Iowa, But They Worked For Two Utility Companies In Spain

Spanish-Based Ibderola Renewables, A Company That Has Operations In Iowa, Said It Created 15,000 Jobs With Its $1.5 Billion In Stimulus Funds, But It Laid Off 50 Employees And Now Only Has 850 U.S. Employees. “Iberdrola Renewables Inc., the U.S. arm of a Spanish energy giant, received more than $1.5 billion for its wind and solar projects. In January, it laid off 50 people, leaving about 850 U.S. employees, according to spokeswoman Jan Johnson. The company takes credit for creating more than 15,000 jobs, based on economic models that count staff, suppliers, temporary construction jobs, as well as employment generated by the money workers spend on food, hotels and other purchases.” (Ianthe Jeanne Dugan and Justin Scheck, “Cost Of $10 Billion Stimulus Easier To Tally Than New Jobs,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/24/12)

  • Iberdrola Collected $294.8 Million In Green Energy Funds From The Stimulus, An Overwhelming Majority Of The Total Of $502 Million In The First Round Of Grants. “Companies began applying for the grants, outlined in Section 1603 of the stimulus bill, at the end of July. The Energy Department and the Treasury Department, who are jointly administering the program, began announcing grant winners on Sept. 1. In the first round, $502 million was awarded with $499.9 million going to wind developers. Of that, $342.6 million went to two foreign companies – the renewable energy subsidiary of Spanish utility Iberdrola ($294.8 million) and the American subsidiary of Portugese utility EDP Renov├íveis ($47.7 million).” (Russ Choma, “Overseas Firms Collecting Most Green Energy,” Investigative Reporting Workshop , 10/29/09)
  • Iberdrola Got An Additional $250.9 Million In The Second Round Of Grants, Making The Total Awarded To The Firm $546 Million, Accounting For 57 Percent Of All Green Energy Grants In The Stimulus. (Russ Choma, “Overseas Firms Collecting Most Green Energy,” Investigative Reporting Workshop , 10/29/09)
Spanish Company Acciona Installed 136 Turbines Under The Grant Program, Despite Having Opened Only 1 U.S. Facility In Iowa And Later Laying Off One-Third Of Its Workforce. “Acciona , (Spain) which installed 136 turbines under the grant program, has a turbine assembly facility in West Branch, Iowa. Lured to Iowa with $4.8 million in incentives, the Spanish company opened its only U.S. facility in 2008. The plant employed roughly 150 workers, with the average worker making about $15 an hour, but earlier this year laid off about one-third of its workers and battled rumors the facility was to shut down. Acciona declined the Workshop’s interview request.” (Russ Choma, “Foreign Money Controls Wind Manufacturing,” Investigative Reporting Workshop , 2/8/10)

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Axelrod v. Cutter On Medicare

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Paul Ryan and the Triumph of Math

Paul Ryan and the Triumph of Math

Great column from the American Thinker on Obama and Ryan including this wonderful Ryan quote,

"...America is not just a nationality it's not just a mass of land from Hawaii to Maine, from Wisconsin to Florida. America is an idea. It's the most pro-human idea ever designed by mankind. Our founders got it right, when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God - - not from government. Should we now subscribe to an ideology where government creates rights, is solely responsible for delivering these artificial rights, and then systematically rations these rights?"

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2012: Suddenly, A Historic Election? | Via Meadia

Walther Russell Mead on Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan.  Mead gives the best description I’ve read of the competing visions, and the Democrat’s “Blue State Model”: the ideal from of society referenced here,

For the Obamians, this is the ideal form of society. The apparent creaks and strains of the last thirty years — rising income inequality, stagnating real wages, economic volatility — are the result of policy errors rather than historical forces. Bad, selfish people have dismantled the regulations and controls that kept a healthy middle class economy in place and like Toad of Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows, reckless rich nincompoops have driven the national economy — and the blue social model — into the ditch. President Obama’s goal is to bring back the good old days, and make them better yet. His methods are classic tools of the progressive movement of the twentieth century and he believes that there is much, much more than government can do to make our country richer and our society more just.

The Republican challengers will be attacking this vision head on. They will be arguing that the blue social model is driving us all into the poorhouse. The costs of the entitlement state are relentlessly escalating. Regulatory capture means that the federal agencies supposed to protect the public from the plutocracy end up serving the plutocracy: crony capitalism rather than enlightened public administration is what happens when the state becomes too powerful and too large. They will be arguing that the way out of our present economic stagnation is to unleash the powers of enterprise and competition.

To President Obama, this sounds like the worst kind of anti-FDR, anti-New Deal reactionary Republicanism — Taft rather than Eisenhower. When the President denounces tax cuts for the rich as “trickle down” economics and as the cause of our problems rather than solutions, he means it. Romney and Ryan, he will charge, want to take us back to the individualistic economics of the Roaring Twenties, policies that in his view were directly responsible for the Great Depression, just as their revival under George W. Bush brought on the Great Recession.

2012: Suddenly, A Historic Election? | Via Meadia

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Guardian: Hillary Clinton on Syria: use of chemical weapons is a red line

Tough talk... not sure this Administration would back it up. She said a Red Line for the World. That may be cover to hide.


Via Romney's campaign:

WHAT CONSERVATIVES ARE SAYING: “A Concerted Effort to Infuse a Grassroots Vibe into the Campaign"

“One of the first political events I vaguely remember (I was eight years old) is listening on the radio to John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address. When I woke up this morning, this passage was echoing in my head. It needs a bit of updating—but I think it captures the spirit of the Ryan pick…”

“In the days and weeks ahead, there  is sure to be much analysis into a choice that was little anticipated by the punditocracy.  But for now, Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan was clearly a bow to his party’s right-of-center activists and, by nearly all accounts, they are thrilled.”

What Democrats are overlooking is that Ryan is a truly formidable figure.  He not only knows his stuff, he is able to communicate his ideas in a persuasive and appealing way.  There’s a very good chance voters will like him.  Democrats love to portray Republicans as angry.  They won’t be able to do that with Ryan, who doesn’t give off even a hint of anger.”

“When Governor Romney decided to pick Ryan he immediately shifted the focus toward ideology and ideas. By doing so he’s provided American voters with a choice. Americans can choose to continue the path to becoming a mega-Greece, or it can turn around and embrace fiscal responsibility. I hope they choose the latter.”

“Ryan is strongly pro-life.  He has fought against Obama’s infringement of religious liberty.  He is willing to fight for Conservative principles, not rush to the comfortable center.  He represents Tea Party values.  He is the perfect pick.”

“Any way you slice it, this is a game-changer.  As I wrote earlier this week, Paul Ryan is one of the sunniest, most likeable conservatives on the scene today.  He's also the party's top wonk and is completely fluent in fiscal issues.  I predict that Democrats will publicly gloat over this pick ("he'll be so easy to demonize!"), even as they privately worry.  Paul Ryan is earnest, smart, articulate, attractive, calm, good-humored, and exceptionally gifted in explaining his case in persuasive and unthreatening terms. 

“I like it! This shows that Romney is quite serious about turning things around.”

“Paul Ryan not only exposes that lie, but he has plans to solve it. He does so as a fresh, young face who is not at all scary to old people and relates to them and to young people. He himself is in his early 40′s with small kids. He’s from a swing state, out-performed John McCain in his home district, and is telegenic and articulate. Paul Ryan is what Mitt Romney needs.”

“When was the last time we had a national ticket with this much mathematical skill, or knowledge of finance? Probably never…. One thing we can be sure of is that Ryan will perform brilliantly on the issues; especially, of course, the budget.”

“But the most important thing about Ryan being Romney's runningmate is that it means America will finally get what it has needed for decades - a serious national debate about how to reform Social Security, Medicare and other entitlements to save them for the present and future generations of people who need them.”

“There’s no doubt this is going to move the game and we’ve got a very serious, intelligent person ready to take on the tough issues in the second seat.”

“Very obviously it demolishes the argument that Mitt Romney is an overly cautious and timid politician. The pick is bold and even imaginative. It will change the opinion of many people, not merely conservatives, about the governor’s essential political nature — and favorably too.”

“Every time I’ve written about Paul Ryan since then, I’ve referred to him as a hard-hitting fiscal guru — and more than anything, that’s what America needs right now. His common sense and doggedness are invaluable, and I’m hoping this will be a positive and definitive step in moving America away from intellectually cheap populism and instead making free enterprise cool again. Let’s do this.”

“With his announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate today, Romney did just that. Tea Partiers are excited about a Romney/Ryan ticket and will surely mobilize their effective grassroots efforts to beat Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the fall.”

“Romney is gambling that his vision of the future — and how to get there — will be seen as more realistic by the voter than Obama’s. By naming Ryan, he has hired the best salesman in the country who can close the deal on that vision with the voter.”

“No doubt there are many Democrats rubbing their hands in glee in contemplation of reviving some version of the ad that featured an actor playing Paul Ryan pushing a grandmother in a wheelchair off a cliff. But the smarter ones are worried.”

Breitbart: Ryan Infuses Grassroots Spirit Into Campaign
“Paul Ryan not only provides an injection of youth and an added fiscal layer to the Romney campaign, he's also favored by the grassroots. The selection of someone like Ryan reflects a concerted effort to infuse a grassroots vibe into the campaign -- and possibly some Wisconsin schadenfreude, too.”

“We have seemingly permanent unemployment that’s over two percent higher than what he claimed his stimulus would produce… and even higher than what he said unemployment would be without his trillion-dollar spending plan.  Paul Ryan will be a key element in a serious response to this incredibly expensive lunacy and corruption.”

Weekly Standard: Ryan’s Moment