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The Politics of Being 'Ashamed of America' (Video)

Feb 22, 2013 9:30 AM PT

Watch, listen, then apply context. Rush plays off Michelle and his website crashes. Pure genius on his part... and sadly, how true is his statement? 

Rush is right that we should be ashamed of ourselves for letting the DC crowd and Obama drive the "fear" narrative. Planes won't fall out of the sky, cops will show up if called and so will firefighters. Kids will be taught. 

BTW--Somebody tell Obama that teachers, firefighters, and police officers are paid by state and local budgets. Budgetary adjustments will account for less federal money, meaning new people need to be in charge at the state and local levels.  

Obama created an unpalatable deal in sequestration which Republicans voted for under the guise that nobody would want it to happen. It is a "hope" strategy and after four years we should get it that "hope" is not a strategy. 

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Out of touch

Feb 22, 2013 8:33 AM PT

In response to Back in the Day, They Used to Call This a Credibility Gap:

To use a phrase that used to be popular with media analysts, a Republican president who almost comically overstated the level of public support for his policies would be described as "out of touch."  Especially when a major poll came along that revealed only 19% support for his position on the issue that 70% of respondents said was their primary concern.  You'd be hearing a lot about that poll.  And the stories would be written in more general language: "But polls say the vast majority of Americans disagree with the President about our national priorities..."

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Why CREDO Mobile Doesn't 'Like' Facebook

Feb 21, 2013 7:41 PM PT

In case you hadn't seen it, CREDO Mobile has been up to its antics again - this time it's had Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in its sights.  The mobile phone service provider has been using its phone network and online outreach to try and pressure Zuckerberg to distance himself from NJ Governor Chris Christie.

The Facebook founder held a private fund-raiser for Christie at his home last week, his first ever such event. Zuckerberg is not overtly political and isn't registered with either party. While he has participated in pro-Obama events in the past, he also teamed up in 2010 with both Christie and Newark mayor Corey Booker, a Democrat, to create new educational programs in Newark, NJ through a $100 million donation of his own.

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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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