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Week of 5/1-5/7- 2009
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define the fundamental issues that
divide 'left' from 'right', else peace can
never be found..america needs peace
the obama press release
"social innovation fund"
50 mil to find innnovative nonprofits
New story posted at I Watch Obama:
Source: No criminal case likely over torture memos
Obama's 'empathy' shapes SCOTUS debate http://tinyurl.com/cyvbqu
Obama's Climate Control Policies may have met delays, advances in Obama's National Service programs strengthen Obama's base, the ongoing struggle with the Gitmo enhanced interrrogation controversy remains a vasciating point as Obama moves to protect his administration from future proescutions while not appearing to sanction torture, and finally, the upcoming Supreme Court nomination may have an easy go in the Senate.
This week is a mixed bag for Obama, with victories and setbacks, dominated by the ever-emerging question: How much government is too much? How much government is too little?
House Dem fires warning shot to Obama on war -
San Francisco Chronicle
"Chris Dodd Dismisses Another Budding Scandal - CTVoter2010’s blog -
Murtha's nephew received
$4 million defense no-bid congtracts
redstate Harman Letter Exposes Pelosi’s
Pelosi and Murtha had very bad weeks, Chris Dodd's world continues to be bleak, House Dems challenge Obama's War Policies.
While the Dems enjoy almost complete dominance (pending the Coleman-Franken resuts), it seems that a schism is quietly forming within the democratic party, largely regarding two main issues- the rights of states and the prosecution of the war. None of these schisms seem to be major, but should the war become a harder grind, should Obama ask for more war dollars, more troops, the war schism will grow. As for the states rights issues, these are largely southern dems who ran as 'moderates'. The question for them is this: what hurts more, contradicting a popular President or alienating a key voting block, the so-called middle (especially the South's version of the middle).
My oped in WallStreetJournal -GOP must build our party around principles of freedom http://tinyurl.com/cptwe7 #tcot #afn #tlot
@gopgreenhouse Senator DeMint Gets
What It Takes To Win
@PlanetRomney: The Mitt Blog:
ROMNEY DID NOT TAKE A “SWIPE” AT PALIN:
Is the Republican Party still relevant
in American politics?
The republican party is going through a massive upheaval, as is obvious to any casual observer. It is trying to reconcile the need to broaden its appeal while not alienating its core base. Arguments over a need for leaders, a need for new ideas, a need to return to core values reveal that there is no central power within the republican party, but rather 3 or 4 power bases, none of which can agree to work with one another, the Mccainiacs (the so-called moderates), the Palin Conservatives, the old GOP guard (The Romney folks), the young representatives (led by people like Congressman Paul Ryan), and the salty conservatives (constitution-issue people).
A charismatic leader can bring parties together, but that unity will not transcend the leader. The republican party is a party at war with itself, questioning its very reason for existence.
Political News Summary:
The Dems are almost as divided as the republicans, but success is a balm over such growing gulfs. The republicans are throwing out a different 'new idea' every week, going on 'listening tours' and repackaging Gingrich's Contract With America. What may be happening is that BOTH parties are losing their relevance.
Remove BHO from the dems and they have Pelosi-Reid leading them. I bet that Pelosi and Reid couldn't sell Obamacare. BHO is his own party.
BHO is the only popular political incumbent at the national scene. In a sense, his popularity conceals the true depth of disenfranchisement across the country, from the left AND the right, for seemingly very different reasons, but one core similarity: a perception, real or imagined, that the people you elected to carry out your worldview are failing to represent you.
Again, remove Obama and there is no national political leader left, at present, who has positive approval ratings.
This has been a week of republican irrelevancy and democratic missteps overshadowed by the continued popularity of BHO. As long as he remains popular, the ineptness of the rest of Congress (all members collectively- and some exclusively) won't become an impediment to BHO completing the experiment we call Obamacare.
Did White House threaten Chrysler creditors? http://tinyurl.com/dnyg9p #tcot #progressive #afn #teaparty
Dissident Chrysler lenders step up opposition
More threats to Chrysler by
White House surface.
Hedge Funds Outraged At Obama
Bullying But Also Cowering In Fear
This is something that the Obama administration must focus on, the increasing accusations that first the Bush Admin, and then the Obama admin continuing, illegally intimidated companies to go along with the Federal Plan.
The settlement plan for Chrysler will also attract further scrutiny on Obama's union connections. Coupled with the involvement of leaders from such groups as Acorn and Americorp in divying up the monies for Obama's national service agenda may also connect Obama, fairly or not, with Acorn, even as it faces more charges across the nation of vote fraud.
BHO will somehow need to separate himself from Acorn without alienating many of his strongest supporters who also support Acorn, Americorp, etc.
Conservative exploitation of the Acorn issue is sure to continue. Perhaps if Obama could make the awarding of monies to nonprofit groups transparently nonpartisan then the Acorn issue will have no legs.
As the weeks unfold, progressives will undoubtedly search for examples of conservatives in power giving away political booty (such as conservatives accuse Obama of doing through his "social innovation fund"), so conservatives should check their history before they rush to the martyr's square.
What we have to ask ourselves is this- do we believe this is a natural consequence of winning elections or do we not want our government using tax dollars to reward the people who brought you to the dance?
This is not as simple a question as it appears on its face. Elections do have consequences, and no matter how hard we try just the natual tendency to associate with like-minded people will create a de facto preference system that rewards your politicos.
Voters will have to decide where the line exists between the natural selection process of like-minded people and payoffs for future support.
PA-Sen: Specter Crushes Toomey as Democrat, but Ridge is Close: Quinnipiac
Specter against key part of health care reform plan: http://tinyurl.com/dlnfpe
Specter cancer research site is
a campaign fundraising tool.
Arlen Specter says he wants GOPer
Norm Coleman to win his Senate seat back.
How to file an FEC complaint against
"Specter for the Cure:"
Does specter's pickle put card check back on the table? Headline
Arlen Specter's switch to dem was one of the main streams of the week. An emerging scandal involving his nonprofit "Specter for the Cure" has flown largely under the radar, but no doubt the dems are aware of this, and how it weakens Specter (which is why they felt they could knock down his seniority and give him a meaningless chair seat).
Tom Ridge bowing out of the PA Race before he ever got in creates an interesting problem for the dems. If they go after Specter in the primary, and lose, they lose for sure against Toomey. If they support Specter from the start, they might very well win, but they'll be stuck with Specter (the man without an animal- no decent donkey or elephant would be seen with him). If they go after Specter in the primaries, even if they win, their candidate will be damaged. Specter fights hard and rough, and the dems know this very well.
Russian warship escorts first
commercial convoy off Somali coast:
Chambliss: No Money For Terrorist Relocation:
Ahmadinejad in new tirade against Israel...
Troops, militants locked in intense
Obama's Pakistan Nightmare
afghanistannews Karzai ignored UN pleas,
named notorious warlord as vice:
latrineone Obama administration seeks
$63B for world health: .
Pakistan targets militant-held valley -
The Associated Press
The Conflict in Sri Lanka:
A Cornered Tiger Is Still Deadly
What you need to know is that Pakistan is losing ground to the Taliban, North Korea is becoming more bellicose, Russia is moving ships into the Mideast region, poor nations are becoming poorer...in short...the trend towards decentralization continues, even as world leaders are trying to move towards greater centralization.
Hate Crime Protection for Pedophiles
but No Protection for Military: Hate crime
Can the Re-launched
ACORN eligible for $8 Billion more in funding
The oddest tweet for me was the one about the states seeing their greatest revenue come from the Federal government. This issue, state's rights, is becoming increasingly the rising issue on both sides of the political spectrum. It might very well be the emergence of one of the fundamental contrasts that the competing factions have, the power of states versus the power of the fed.
A last thought:
Controversy abounds about AG Eric Holder's idea of letting some Gitmo detainees loose in America, maybe even give them aid. From what we can gather, and we would want greater clarification, the people in question, the Chinese wygers, are not terrorists in even the remotest sense of the word. Sure, I don't want suspected terrorists loose in our country, but I don't want to ostracize people JUST for being 'picked up'.
This is an extremely dangerous precedent to accept. In truth, if, after getting access to the hard core 'facts', this really is what is appears, hapless, desperate men who were used by the taliban, then THE right thing to do is to take these people in to America, give them an opportunity to earn their citizenship (the way all immigrants do..however that is), and...YES.....fund them to help get them started.
If these men are who they seem, they have done nothing wrong but want to live and to be free. We can do that for them, can't we?
We can't save the world, but circumstances brought these men to us. We are responsible, not legally, but morally, to help lift these men up...THAT is why America is so strong today.
Paul Collier- An American Freedomist
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