Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Steve Peters Commentary - #2987 - Obama Campaign Hard at Work in Virginia - Real Clear Politics (2) Texas vs. California Example - Real Clear Politics (3) George Will: Government By the Experts - Washington Post (4) Union Bosses Come First for Obama - Washington Examiner

"Why is it important to start so early?" Obama campaign aide Brandyn Keating said as she made a pitch to about 18 prospective volunteers and a few curious onlookers June 8 at a noisy restaurant just a few miles from the nation's capital. Keating, wearing a gray pantsuit on a boiling hot day, her blond hair pulled back in a tight chignon, answered her own question, raising her voice above the din to make a conversational case for President Obama's governing record in front of a polite audience of Latinos. "We're reaching back to those who have already been engaged, and reaching forward to those who can be engaged," she explained in Arlington, Va. "We think that's very important."Youthful and polished, Keating is the state director for the Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America operation in Virginia. Read more......

Texas vs. California Example - Real Clear Politics - So what example should America follow, that of deficit-slaughtering, budget-cutting, seriously limited government in Texas, which has added 730,000 jobs in the past decade, or that of regulation-happy, spend-mercilessly, owe-everything, flee-this-place-quickly California, which has lost 600,000 jobs during the same period?  While not a hard question in a nation where unemployment recently shot up over 9 percent again and is dramatically expanding its unfunded entitlement promises on top of its accumulating debt, let's continue to look at some astounding facts about Texas after noting a much-repeated analysis of how it got there.  Texas has (1) no state income tax (2)  low corporate taxes, does just enough regulating to get the job done  (3) cares for the environment without making a fetish of it, (4) lets its legislature meet for a relatively short period just once every two years (5)  keeps the executive branch slim and trim and (6) is a right-to-work state where unions don't get to grab dues through governmental coercion.   Read more........ SP: Texas shows us that properly incentivized individuals in this country will keep America as the economic powerhouse and beacon of freedom for the world, if government will just get out of the way.

George Will - Government by the Experts - Washington Post - Here, however, is a paradox of sovereignty: The sovereign people, possessing the right to be governed as they choose, might find the exercise of that right tiresome and so might choose to be governed in perpetuity by a despot they cannot subsequently remove. Congress did something like that in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.  The point of PPACA is cost containment. This supposedly depends on the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB, which is a perfect expression of the progressive mind, is to be composed of 15 presidential appointees empowered to reduce Medicare spending — which is 13 percent of federal spending — to certain stipulated targets. IPAB is to do this by making “proposals” or “recommendations” to limit costs by limiting reimbursements to doctors. This, inevitably, will limit available treatments — and access to care when physicians leave the Medicare system.  Read more..........

Union Bosses Come First for Obama - Washington Examiner - For decades, unions have perpetuated the myth that the interests of Big Labor's bosses and of American workers are identical. A tenuous case for that proposition could be made decades ago when unions represented a third of all private sector workers. But doing so today requires a studied refusal to acknowledge reality when fewer than 7 percent are union members. Nevertheless, President Obama often seems concerned only with serving the interests of the union bosses who are among his most frequent White House guests. It is hardly coincidental that recent economic news has gone from bad to worse. Unemployment is back up to 9.1 percent (more like 20 percent when the count includes the millions who have quit looking for work), manufacturing activity is weakening, housing prices are still falling, job creation is all but stopped except in Texas, and banks are slashing growth forecasts. The American economy, in short, is in desperate need of a jolt.  Read more.......

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