Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cruising the Web

Paul Ryan disproves the Democrats' argument that his budget did the same thing that Reid is doing in his latest debt proposal - using a baseline by assuming that the level of spending in Iraq and Afghanistan will remain at a surge-budget level and then cutting back from those numbers in order to count up budget savings. It's a dishonest gimmick and the Democrats are trying to claim that Ryan did the same thing. That is absolutely false.

In a cringe-making article Newsweek
wonders why DSK's wife sticks by him. They claim that French women just don't think about fidelity in marriage in the same old-fashioned way that Americans do. She's "too proud to be jealous." Cringe.

Using political forensics to find the poll-tested phrases in Obama's speech. You think saying "balanced approach" seven times was a coincidence?

The Obama administration's charm offensive to win over business leaders isn't working. Hmmm. Maybe they are looking at what he does rather than what he says. An annoying habit for The One whose actions so often belie the "balanced approach" of his rhetoric.

Major Garrett notes that "a balanced approach" and "compromise" are no longer the same thing. Though Obama glided over this fact last night, Reid's proposal is a spending cut-only bill. Of course, many of those cuts are gimmicks. But also notice that Obama didn't talk about vetoing Boehner's proposal for all his grandiose rhetoric about not wanting a proposal that would necessitate revisiting the issue before the 2012 election. And we know Obama doesn't want that. Contrary to inside-the-beltway punditry, this whole episode hasn't lifted Obama's poll numbers in a Clintonian way as the Democrats were hoping.

Three dirty secrets of the debt-ceiling debate. The first one is the most important. The real problem is not the debt ceiling, but the debt. We'll still projected to be over $20 trillion in debt by 2020. That's why the ratings agencies could downgrade the US credit rating as early as this week if there is no sign that we're going to do anything serious about our debt - not the debt ceiling, but our debt. Ed Morrissey notes this irony:
There is no small amount of irony in S&P and Moody’s punishing the US for its bad debt behavior. Democrats pilloried the ratings agencies in 2008-9 for their role in overestimating the soundness of financial institutions before the economic collapse of 2008. They accused the agencies of ignoring the very behaviors in which Congresses and White Houses under the control of both parties engaged and insisted that these agencies do a better job of highlighting risks. Be careful what you wish for …
The coming implosion of the US Postal Service. It's just not a viable model anymore and those union pensions aren't helping matters. It's rather a model of what is wrong with so many parts of our government. And this should be the easier problem to fix.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

Dennis Prager wonders when the left-wing governance as exhibited in the effort by the San Francisco proposition to ban circumcision will wake Jews up to the fact that Christians and conservatives are not their enemies.

Scott Johnson notes all the euphemisms in the President's speech. And funnily enough, they're all euphemisms for thehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif same thing. Odd, that.
Obama’s speech last night was permeated with the deep dishonesty and poll-tested euphemisms that constitute his contribution to the debt ceiling debate. Here are a few of the euphemisms Obama has contributed: revenues (taxes), shared sacrifice (taxes), asking for something (taxes), millionaires and billionaires (taxes on individuals earning more than $200,000 a year or couples earning more than $250,000 a year), the balanced approach (taxes).
And yet Obama endorsed Reid's plan that doesn't include any of those taxes, er I mean "shared sacrifice."