Friday, September 9, 2011

Steve Peters Commentary - #3231 - Michael Barone: Rating the GOP Debate at the Reagan Library - Washington Examiner (2) Lawlessness: Unionized Longshoremen Take Hostages, Destroy Property (3) Editorial: Enough With the Deficit - Fueled Stimulus - (4) Rasmussen Obama Now Underdog for Re-election

The biggest mystery about the Reagan Library/MSNBC debate last night is why the Reagan Library allowed MSNBC to be the co-sponsor. Brian Williams, whom I haven’t watched much in recent years, seems to have been drinking liberally of the MSNBC kool-aid; many of his questions were so steeped in liberal distaste for Republican positions that it was embarrassing. There was no questioning about the nation’s fiscal position, aside from asking whether Rick Perry would abjure $1 of tax increases in return for $10 of spending cuts, very little on the macroeconomy and very little on foreign and defense policy. Even so, most of the Republican candidates performed pretty well. My overall take is that Rick Perry, in his first presidential debate ever, did not perform commensurately with his recent lead in the polls, but did not do badly either; Mitt Romney was smooth and sometimes even interesting; and some of the other candidates did quite well.  Read more..........

Lawlessness: Unionized Longshoremen Take Hostages, Destroy Property - Townhall - Say, didn't a prominent union boss recently urge unionized workers to "take out" certain "SOB" [sic] deemed to be threats to the power and influence of organized labor? Didn't he do so at an official presidential event? And after both the White House and DNC chair declined to condemn his inflammatory rhetoric, didn't he also defiantly refuse to apologize? "Climate of hate!" It seems as though at least one local union in Washington State has already taken Jimmy Hoffa Jr.'s general sentiment to heart:  Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.  Read more........ SP:  President Obama and Vice President Biden, words do have consequences, and those that refuse to refute them are just as responsible for the violence that results from them. Guess Hoffa's brown shirt army thought the guards were tea party members.

Editorial:  Enough With the Deficit - Fueled Stimulus - - Jobs: In his speech Thursday, the president is expected to announce a stimulus 2.0 package said to cost $300 billion. But why should anyone expect this to work any better than the $4 trillion in stimulus already in the economy?  When industrialist John D. Rockefeller was asked how much money is enough, his now-famous answer was: "Just a little bit more." That, apparently, is also Obama's answer to stimulus spending. After an $830 billion "economic recovery" plan, two auto bailouts, cash for clunkers, mortgage bailouts and at least two subsequent jobs programs, Obama wants to convince the country that just a little bit more stimulus is what the economy needs to finally get back on track.  But wait a minute. Since Obama took office, the government has run up $4 trillion in deficits. And even before his newest stimulus package, he's on track to add another $973 billion next year.  Read more...... SP: As Yogi Berra would say, "Groundhog Day is like Deja vu all over again." Here comes another Obama campaign stump speech on his unwritten plan to create jobs. Don't bother missing the NFL Kickoff Special to watch Obama's speech to Congress, because you have heard it all many times over the last three years. Doubling down with $400 Billion more of your tax dollars to prop up the unions with government spending on infrastructure, and minor assistance to all the jobless workers he has created with his failed policies.

Rasmussen: Obama Now Underdog for Re-election - Newsmax - Independent pollster and political analyst Scott Rasmussen tells Newsmax that Wednesday night’s GOP debate was “rockier” than expected for leading candidate Rick Perry, and says his stance on the Social Security issue could be the “chink in the armor” of his campaign. But Rasmussen asserts that the Texas governor now has all the “excitement and charisma” in the Republican race and could prove difficult to beat, while leading challenger Mitt Romney is an “awkward position.” And Rasmussen believes that President Obama would be the underdog in a head-to-head race against any of the leading GOP candidates.  Read more.......

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