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Bob's Big Boi?

Feb 21, 2013 2:49 PM PT

In response to Big Boi at CPAC Would Be Interesting...:

Call me behind the times or whatever you want, but who the heck is Big Boi? I get that he is some rapper, but is that his only claim to fame? The only ''Big Boi' I know is  the burger joint out in California, Bob's Big Boy. Honestly, I don't even know if they are around anymore, nor do I know what this has to do with Ace's story. Heading to Burger King now.

This is What Good Reporting Looks Like

Feb 21, 2013 2:14 PM PT

Remember when the President couldn't seem to go a single speech without mentioning tax breaks on private jets as a symbol of all that was wrong with out budgeting priorities. I hadn't noticed that the White House had returned to this theme lately, but Jonathan Karl at ABC did:

President Obama in an interview Wednesday with KAKE-TV in Wichita: “What we don’t want to do is give somebody who’s buying a corporate jet an extra tax break.”

Carney has brought up the corporate jet tax break at every single briefing this week.

Listening to the White House, you might think that the “balanced” Democratic plan to avert the spending cuts would close that loophole for private jets.

But you would be wrong.

The Senate Democratic plan – which has been endorsed by the White House and is, in fact, the only Democratic plan actively under consideration right now – doesn’t touch corporate jets.

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The ObamaCare tax increases begin

Feb 21, 2013 1:29 PM PT

ObamaCare's driving up insurance premiums and wiping out coverage from coast to coast, but don't forget that it's also stuffed with tax increases.  On deck: $100 billion in sales taxes on health insurance plans.  Poor, middle class hardest hit.

We'll all be paying the other 22 tax increases in ObamaCare too, even though some are nominally levied against medical device providers, insurance companies, doctors, etc.  It all gets to our wallets in the end, no matter how carefully hidden it is.

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The Hostage Taker Playbook Shouldn't Work With Sequester

Feb 21, 2013 9:57 AM PT

Yesterday Ace posted a bit of this Red Altert Politics post at his site. The gist of it is that Obama only seems to have one playbook. He claims the current crisis was "manufactured" by Republicans and then blames them for not averting it by conceding everything he demands. The pithy, political metaphor that attaches itself to this well-worn move is "hostage takers." Obama didn't use this language himself but his surrogates did, leaving him free to step into the role of hostage crisis negotiator. That has been his play for nearly 2 years now.

Personally, I really dislike this language. It's irresponsible not to mention extremely hypocritical coming from a party that demands Republicans tone down their rhetoric lest crazy people get the wrong idea. But I guess the strategy made sense politically in 2011 when the argument that Republicans had "manufactured the crisis" was at least plausible (if you avert your eyes from the mounting debt).

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Get Up! Get Out! And Get Big Boi!

Feb 21, 2013 9:23 AM PT

In response to Hearing From Romney Will Be Good, But Big Boi Would Be Better:

The main difference between Big Boi and Mitt Romney is Big Boi isn't ashamed or scared to admit that he is rich.  This adminstration, the Liberal media, or political pundits can't make an argument against Big Boi that would make him quiet about his hard knock upbringing and the conservative principals that brought him success. 

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Writing the first draft of history

Feb 21, 2013 7:36 AM PT

In response to Hearing From Romney Will Be Good, But Big Boi Would Be Better:

Big Boi sounds like an excellent idea for a guest speaker.  Along the lines of pop-culture outreach, I've often wondered why we don't hear from Adam Baldwin at such an event.  Maybe he's been invited and declined, I'm not sure.  But he's a recognizable face with both mainstream and cult appeal.  Or how about an author like Brad Thor?  This would actually have been a good time to invite Orson Scott Card, who's not really a conservative, but certainly has an interesting story to tell about the Left's pop-culture totalitarianism.

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