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The thugocracy at work.

With every exposure of this kind of blatant anti-business, dare I say, anti-American focus from our overstuffed government, it becomes apparent that a command-and-control economy is what the current bunch in Washington really wants.

The good thing is that they DO let their guards down once in a while, and we see the agenda(s) more clearly.  If the national consumer media would actually report this stuff, Obama would be toast.  Which is why they DON’T report it.  This story may have legs, however.

From the WSJ: Review & Outlook: Crucify Theerm – WSJ.com.

Andrew Breitbart Distilled

This review of some of his comments from Fox News encapsulates what Andrew Breitbart was all about.  He was ruthless and fearless, but he wasn’t a liar.  He was direct and didn’t back down, but he wasn’t a bully (although I think sometimes Hannity is).  Breitbart saw with great clarity what the radical left (not traditional Democrats) are trying to do to this country and he was possibly the strongest voice among many saying “No you don’t.”

 

Why Newt won’t quit – and why I think he shouldn’t

The Politico today says that Newt won’t quit, even though he’s likely to lose Florida,  and I don’t think he should. I’m not sure he’s the best candidate against Obama, but if he stays in, he’ll make Romney a better candidate. Romney has already gotten better from a debate standpoint.  Romney has had to come up with better, more succinct ways of making his case, and despite the bruising Newt and Mitt are giving each other, it’s all good.

One point in Newt’s favor is that, by pulling out all the stops to get Newt to quit, Romney may have exhausted his ammo, inoculating Newt against further, less aggressive attacks. From the Politico today:

“I would define Newt’s head space as: ‘Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning,’” said David Lane, the Christian conservative leader close to Gingrich, quoting Churchill. “They’ve unloaded everything on him now.”

There are many who think all the negative campaigning is bad.  To the extent that it’s dishonest, neither do I, but I think it does serve the purpose of vetting candidates where the news media won’t.  In a fight for the soul of America, you don’t want any wimps.

 

More at: Why Newt Gingrich won’t quit – Alexander Burns – POLITICO.com.

Support the Pipeline

Dick Morris at Dickmorris.com makes the case that the Keystone Pipeline project can still go forward, but it will take congressional action at this point.  The president’s dog-ate-my-homework excuse for blocking the project is curious, at best, even to liberals, and it hurts our prospects for lower energy prices and REAL energy independence that doesn’t depend on tax-subsidized green energy projects.

Kiss of Death Dept.

Geithner Says Europe Will Succeed

Headline in the Wall Street Journal

When has this guy ever been right?

via Geithner Presses Europe for Solution – WSJ.com.

More fallout from Obamacare

This story from the Detroit Free Press (excerpted below) will be repeated many times as we approach the time when/if the health care law takes effect. In our own area, this has to be affecting the medical companies in Warsaw.

The plain fact is, the health care law will cost more and more jobs as time goes on, possibly including jobs lost in Elkhart General Hospital in response to “reform.” Obamacare is making life worse for Americans without improving healthcare for anyone.

Stryker, the Kalamazoo-based maker of artificial hips and knees, will cut 5% of its global workforce by the end of next year to reduce costs in the face of new fees on device makers required by the U.S. health care law.

The job cuts will reduce annual pretax operating costs by more than $100 million beginning in 2013, when the medical-device excise tax is scheduled to take effect, Stryker said Thursday in a statement. Stryker had more than 20,000 employees as of Dec. 31, according to Bloomberg News data.

via Stryker to cut 5% of workforce | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

If you’re ticked off at banks, this actually makes some sense

Occupy Wall Street has made little sense to us from its inception — Wall Street is, in our opinion, not nearly as culpable in the current economic downturn as are Fannie, Freddie, Chris and Barney.  But where banks have done wrong (and there are some good arguments here), we applaud the “vote with your feet” method of voicing consumer displeasure.  This from the AP:

A grassroots movement that sprang to life last month is urging bank customers to close their accounts in favor of credit unions by Saturday.

The spirit behind “Bank Transfer Day” caught fire with the Occupy Wall Street protests around the country and had more than 79,000 supporters on its Facebook page as of Friday. The movement has already helped beat back Bank of America’s plan to start charging a $5 debit card fee.

via News from The Associated Press.

What we find ironic, however, is that the leftist/Marxists of the OWS protests are getting actual traction from a purely free-market solution, i.e., if you don’t like it, don’t support it.  No company wants to lose customers.  If your bank displeases you, pull your account.

The Solyndra scandal should never have happened

Dick Morris reports on how the Solyndra scandal goes pretty much to the top, but here’s what we think is the ultimate point: Governement subsidies in the “green jobs” are morally and economically indefensible. Here’s Dick:

The Solyndra scandal is a gift that keeps on giving. It shows that not only was Obama’s stimulus package and baloney about green jobs a fraud but that it was also good old Chicago politics at work.

And the entire concept of the loan program is bogus. How can you make an energy company that is not viable work by lending it money? If the program can generate energy at competitive prices, why would it need federal aid? And, if it can’t, how would it ever be able to repay the federal loan?

via TOP OBAMA FUNDRAISER OK’ED SOLYNDRA LOAN at DickMorris.com.