|Obama: Rules for Overspenders, paves road to hell, wee-wees U.S., battles prosperity, privatizes propaganda, hearts Alinsky.|
Mismanagement: Afghan War fail, ACORN runs ObamaCare, unions plague Tenn., health swindle tested in Michigan, corrupt labor-state to vote.
International: Japan runs out, Obama hearts ChiComs.
Obamalosi Dems: Must. Overspend. Radically. ... The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday. The higher deficit figure, based on updated economic data, brings the White House budget office into line with outside estimates and gives further fuel to President Barack Obama's opponents, who say his spending plans are too expensive in light of budget shortfalls. (reuters.com)
CollectivistCare explained ... "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." The health care reforms proposed by President Barack Obama are such a road. Initially intended to expand coverage and reduce costs, the proposal is more about expanding government intervention in the lives of individuals for our own good. The nanny state is expanding at the expense of personal freedom. Can you imagine paying for the poor decisions of others -- eating too much, eating the "wrong" foods, smoking, drinking, not exercising, etc.? In order to be fair to those who make good decisions, under collectivist health care poor decisions must be penalized with higher taxes, less coverage, or both. (sltrib.com)
Obama wee-wees up America ... In any case, here's where we are in the Obama era, which was supposed to have brought relief from the 16 years of Bush/ Clinton wars: Nearly everyone's angry, except for those who have moved past anger and are hurtling toward apoplexy. In fact, maybe the only person not angry is Obama, and, fittingly, that's what has people really steamed, or, in Obama's words, all wee-weed up. Obama is calm. He promised calm, and he's been maddeningly true to his word. He's calm — and that's before he hits the beach. And yet, somehow, that hasn't helped. In fact, the calmer Barack Obama remains, the angrier liberals get. When will their guy, at long last, show some passion for the cause? Does he believe in the public option — really believe — or is it just a negotiating tool? If there's no line in the sand he's willing to draw, how do we know when we've finally tripped? (denverpost.com)
War on Prosperity: Can America survive Obamunism? ... President Obama is the most radical leader in U.S. history. Much of the public is focused on his ambitious plan to nationalize health care. The more they hear about it, the less they like it. Hence, Mr. Obama's poll numbers are dropping like a stone. Yet his environmentalist agenda is just as dangerous. If passed, it will destroy America's free-market system. Like most liberal elitists, Mr. Obama is an incremental socialist. He does not believe in revolutionary change through blood and iron -- as did Soviet dictator Josef Stalin or Cuban despot Fidel Castro. Rather, Mr. Obama champions evolutionary socialism: the state's gradual takeover of key sectors of private industry. He is anti-capitalist and pro-big-government. (washingtontimes.com)
Obama privatizes White House propaganda machine ... The White House hired a private communications company based in Minnesota to distribute mass e-mails, helping to shed light on how some recipients received e-mails in support of President Obama's health care plan without signing up for them, FOX News has learned. The company, Govdelivery, describes itself as the world's leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions and says its e-mail service provides a fully-automated on-demand public communication system. It is still unknown how much taxpayer money the White House provides to Govdelivery for its services. (foxnews.com)
Obama War Fail ... With a growing-yet-ambiguous mission and no clear exit strategy, the war in Afghanistan is fast becoming a key political liability for President Barack Obama. Last week, the White House gamely tried to characterize Thursday's Afghan elections as a milestone for democracy. But the administration's tepid relationship with presumptively re-elected President Hamid Karzai is one symptom of a larger struggle for Obama. (washingtonexaminer.com)
Union-backed, tax-funded fraud group pimps ObamaCare ... According to a poll by the Washington Post, support for the president's healthcare reform initiative reached a new low down to 45 percent from 57 percent just three months ago. Saturday members of ACORN took to the streets to rally support for the reform effort. They say the waning support for the president's plan is re-fueling their campaign to get other Americans on board. According to organizers, the goal is to not back down until a bill is passed. (todaysthv.com)
UAW: Turn Chattanooga into Detroit ... It is not surprising that the UAW is trying to stymie the Volkswagen plant here. It’s also not surprising that other unions are trying to impose their will around here lately as well. They anted up in the political game, so now they want their payout. Bob Corker took on the UAW to highlight what most Americans already thought, that the UAW is a major reason why the domestic auto industry fell apart. So now they come here to stir up trouble, but we can be assured that this is only the first step. How anyone in this city could ever stand for a bunch of union agitators to dictate who can and can’t work for anyone else is beyond me. Surely most people have seen what the UAW, United Steelworkers, Teamsters, Service Employees, and many other unions have done to destroy this country. Imagine if they organized the big banks too, then the bailout would be 10 times bigger. (chattanoogan.com)
Unions test healthcare swindle in labor-state ... Rich Robinson, who runs the non-partisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network, helped me understand how big the big money is in the looming debate over Dillon's plan. His records show the unions and the Blues to be among the most "free-spending" contributors to legislative campaigns. Since 2001, the Michigan Education Association, AFSCME, the SEIU and the UAW (which together represent the great bulk of public employees) have given $1.25 million to House Democrats through their political action committees. They've given $435,000 to Senate Democrats since 2003. Among those unions, only the MEA has given to Republicans, to the tune of more than $250,000. (freep.com)
Corrupt labor-state voters reconsider Dems ... Republican candidates are showing new political strength in some states this year, but none seems more improbable than conservative Republican Christopher J. Christie's big lead over embattled Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's bid for a second term in deep-blue New Jersey. The bearish 46-year-old Mr. Christie, whose only elective office was a brief stint as a county commissioner, achieved statewide recognition as a corruption-fighting U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey who sent scores of corrupt politicians — of both parties — to prison during a seven-year tenure. He then set his political sights on the governorship in December, brandishing an aggressive 10-point agenda of ethical reforms and plans to rein in spending, cut taxes and rebuild the state's battered economy. (washingtontimes.com)
NYT: Meet Saul Alinsky ... Saul Alinsky, the Chicago activist and writer whose street-smart tactics influenced generations of community organizers, most famously the current president, could not have been more clear about which side he was on. In his 1971 text, “Rules for Radicals,” Mr. Alinsky, who died in 1972, explains his purpose: “What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. ‘The Prince’ was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. ‘Rules for Radicals’ is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.” (nytimes.com)
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Japan runs out of options ... And for the first time, the Liberal Democrats have a credible rival in the Democratic Party of Japan, which promises to put more money in consumers' pockets, cut wasteful spending and restore Japan's prestige as the world's second-largest economy. "I have two grandchildren and I'm really worried about their future," said Saito. "The Liberal Democrats seem to be only obsessed with holding onto power for its own sake, and I'm afraid they are not seriously thinking about the nation." Even though the Democratic Party has borrowed the theme of change from U.S. President Barack Obama's election campaign, it could prove a challenge for the White House if the party wins the premiership. The party promises a more independent stand in world affairs, in contrast to the Liberal Democrats who were always Washington's most dependable major ally. The Democrats have already established their clout by taking control of the upper house of parliament in 2007. Saturday's election is for the more powerful lower house, which chooses the prime minister. (sfexaminer.com)
Obama puts ChiComs ahead of GOP ... President Barack Obama will visit China for the first time in November, the new U.S. ambassador said Saturday, a day after he arrived in the country. Ambassador Jon Huntsman gave no specific dates, but Obama is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Singapore on Nov. 14-15. Huntsman, a former Republican governor of Utah and ambassador to Singapore, said the visit would be part of a boost in contacts with China as the countries grow increasingly interdependent. (sfexaminer.com)