NEWS: Welfare government’s single largest budget item in FY 2011 at approx. $1.03 trillion
The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure.
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by Ben Shapiro
First, Christians were banned in Dearbornistan. Now, it’s Jews who are illegal.
- Law school showdown over liberal bias
- Abortion, homosexuality not Constitutional rights
- As Election Day nears, Romney crowds are surging
- Survey: Most Protestant pastors going with Romney
by RUTH KING
Carter’s attitude that America was largely responsible for the hatred of others towards it – as was Israel – did nothing but embolden enemies across the globe. Obama has the very same attitude today.
Two decades of economic stagnation and rising insecurity have unleashed work-based “new-type depression” in Japan.
FBI agents arrested a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man Wednesday after he tried repeatedly to detonate what he thought was a car bomb packed with 1,000 pounds of explosives outside the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan.
by GADI ADELMAN
On October 12, the Simon Wiesenthal Center “urged President Obama to condemn the rhetoric and cut off all official and unofficial US contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood”. The amount of ties the Obama administration has to the MB is indisputable, but at what point does close ties become infiltration?
Moscow has offered support to virtually every dictatorship and anti-American regime on the planet. (You can read this article in Spanish here.)
by NORMAN SIMMS
Here is the first fistful of fatuity. The entire series, expected to take at least another twenty-seven years to compile and execute, will be cross-referenced and self-correcting in response to enthusiastic audience comments.
The following is a detailed timeline of events leading to the Sept. 11 attack and what the Obama administration has said since then.
marketwatch.com ^ | October 18, 2012 | Jeffry BartashWASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000 in the week of Oct. 7-13, the Labor Department said Thursday, erasing the sharp drop from the prior week. Claims had fallen two weeks ago to a four-year low, but the decline mainly stemmed from a statistical quirk in the data that often happens at the end of a quarter and it was not reflective of a rapidly improving labor market.
The Democrats’ reactionary, even fuddy-duddy, concept of the role of women in our society.
by Tom Blumer
As in 2004, the presidential election revolves around Ohio.
National Review ^ | 10/18/2012 | Alan ReynoldsTwo days before the last night’s presidential debate, the Washington Post’s frenetic blogger Ezra Klein wrote that “Romney’s tax cuts cost $5 trillion over 10 years before his (unnamed) offsets. Extending the Bush tax cuts on income over $250,000 adds another $1 trillion. Then there’s the $2 trillion in new defense spending. So before Romney can cut the deficit by a dime, he has to come up with $8 trillion in offsets and savings for these plans.” Obama echoed Klein’s remarks quite closely in the second debate, but the figures are pure fiction. One part of the ruse, the $5…
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 10/18/2012 | Rasmussen ReportsThe Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 47%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate,…
Our economy is lousy, the labor force participation rate is the lowest in 31 years, we’ve had 43 consecutive months with unemployment over 8 percent, and a record 47 million people are on food stamps, so one might expect President Obama would welcome as much help as he could get. Surely he would want private sector job creators – investors and entrepreneurs – to have the strongest possible incentives for turning around this Obama “recovery” where household incomes are falling faster than they fell in the Bush recession. But Obama’s priority is class warfare. That’s why he relentlessly denounces job…
Moderator told Romney that Obama did label Libya consulate attack ‘an act of terror’ during second presidential debate Moment drew round of applause from audience in defiance of event’s rules Ovation was led by First Lady Michelle Obama One of the most controversial moments of last night’s presidential debate came when moderator Candy Crowley attempted to correct Mitt Romney as he criticised Barack Obama’s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The CNN host told Romney that Obama ‘did call [the raid] an act of terror’ the day after it happened – and drew a round of…
Get your facts straight, Hollywood … Planned Parenthood does not provide women with mammograms. PP’s “women’s health” mantle is a sham.
Both candidates came out swinging in Tuesday night’s second presidential debate. A noted historian and political science professor says President Barack Obama improved his game this time around – but that Governor Mitt Romney held his own.
The American Spectator ^ | October 18, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain[SNIP]Not long ago, this hopeful prospect might have seemed impossible for even the most optimistic Republican to imagine. As recently as Oct. 2,a Roanoke College poll reported President Obama leading by 8 points in Virginia, but in the past two weeks,the Old Dominion has shifted sharply toward the GOP challenger. Romney has led five of the seven most recent polls and,although the RCP average for Virginia still shows Obama with razor-thin lead,the Republicans here sense a strong enough momentum to carry them to victory on Nov.6………..The Democrats are evidently shrinking their Electoral College map,in what looks like a defensive “triage”…
PIMCO: ‘THE US WILL GET DOWNGRADED’ Rob WileOctober 18, 2012 PIMCO has seen enough of the federal government’s “fiscal theatre” and now says the U.S.’s credit rating will inevitably be slashed, Bloomberg’s Tracy Withers reports. “The U.S. will get downgraded, it’s a question of when,” Withers quotes Scott Mather, Pimco’s head of global portfolio management, as saying. “It depends on what the end of the year looks like, but it could be fairly soon after that.” If President Obama is reelected, Mather said, it’s likely resolution of the country’s deficit “doesn’t happen in a nice way, and we have disruption…
Reuters ^ | October 18, 2012 | by Jason Lange(Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, reversing a sharp decline in the prior week but still pointing to a labor market that is slowly healing. The prior week’s figure was revised up to show 3,000 more applications than previously reported to 342,000. A Labor Department official said it appeared that state-level administrative issues were distorting the data.
Thanks, Archbishop! John Nienstedt, who leads the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been subjected to much disrespectful criticism — from members of his flock, and even from a Lutheran bishop — regarding his lead role supporting the marriage amendment. He stands accused of forcing his religion on everyone, and of forcing the consciences of his fellow Catholics. Though not unexpected, the charges are unfair. What is the dispute about? One side holds that marriage is a vow of a man and a woman before the community to engage in a project that is greater than the couple, and…
Investor’s Business Daily ^ | 10/18/12 | John MerlinePresident Obama often talks about the need for a “balanced” approach to deficit reduction, by which he means tax hikes in addition to spending cuts. At the recent presidential debate, for example, he said, “We’ve got to reduce our deficit, but we’ve got to do it in a balanced way. Asking the wealthy to pay a little bit more along with cuts.” The only problem with this approach is that the massive projected deficits over the next 10 years aren’t the result of too few taxes. They are entirely the result of too much spending. Here’s the proof.
by Barry Rubin
Why was the ambassador in Benghazi that day?
More than a Week After Benghazi, Jay Carney Admitted that Administration Had Not Called It a Terrorist Attack
“…the fact that we hadn’t…” Bonus: Crowley dinged the administration on Benghazi on Sept 30. More: On Sept 25, Obama Refused to Describe Benghazi as a Terrorist Attack
The Washington Times ^ | 19 October 2012 | Maya Vidon-White – Special to The Washington TimesPARIS — France’s Socialist government is proposing a slew of taxes — on art, on businesses, on the rich — that are drawing criticism for stifling entrepreneurship and scaring off the wealthy. “Unfortunately, I think the politics we are leading in France will turn out to be catastrophic for the economy, which is already in bad shape,” said French economist Marc Touati, author of “When the Eurozone Explodes.” “This is a serious mistake, something you learn in [Economy 101] — it will aggravate the recession and therefore shrink the tax base.” Led by President Francois Hollande, the French government proposed…
Rep. Issa eyes subpoena over program he says is being used to ‘buy’ election by hiding ObamaCare effects
National Review Online ^ | October 17, 2012 | Stanley KurtzLiberalism isn’t doing so well lately. In fact I’d go so far as to say that liberalism is becoming downright pathological. The disease is progressive (in more ways than one). Precursors were visible as far back as 1964, and again in the 1980s. Yet this latest uspsurege has been building since 2000, and has never yet spread so widely or threateningly across the body politic. The chief symptom of liberal distress is an intense form of denial. Liberals now actually deny that conservatives exist. There are, of course, strange, cartoon-like images that liberals call conservative, yet these bear little resemblence…
Benghazi: Emperor Obama’s Waterloo?
It is fitting that in this Battle of Waterloo, the role of the Duke of Wellington, the emperor’s nemesis, will be played by Truth itself, which, as Shakespeare wrote, will out. More
Obama, Oy Vey! American Jews Finally Have Had Enough
“Two Jews, three opinions” goes the famous joke. And every day, more of those opinions turn pro-Romney, as American Jews increasingly reject the collapsing presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. More
Debate Shows Obama’s an ‘African’ Stuck in the ’70s
The Drive-By Pundit
When’s the last time Obama was actually in the Chicago ‘hood? After Tuesday’s debate, it’s anyone’s guess. More
Fort Hood and the Election
Without a doubt, this commander-in-chief must be held personally accountable for the allowing this particular court-martial to be twisted, delayed, delayed and further delayed for base political calculations. More
O-H-I-O: BO Must Go!
It is possible for the presidential election to be won without Ohio. But such a development has been exceedingly rare. The outcome in Ohio could very well decide the outcome of the presidential election. More
Barack Obama and the Fundamental Transformation of America
Robert A. Hall
Barack Obama has cynically broken promise after promise. Unfortunately, his promise to set about “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” is one he has kept. More
Obama can’t bring himself to use the word ‘terrorist’
October 18, 2012
Just “folks.” More
Could Perot endorsement of Romney swing Minnesota?
October 18, 2012
The national media sees Minnesota as solidly Democrat. It isn’t. In 1992, Ross Perot earned 23.96% of the vote in Minnesota compared to his national average of 18.91%. More
Obama’s parsed statement on Libya attack suggests a ‘crime,’ not terrorism
October 18, 2012
It is disingenuous for the president to claim he was talking about the attack as “terrorism.” More
What if President Obama told the truth about Islamist terrorists?
October 18, 2012
We’ll probably never know; he almost certainly doesn’t have the courage. More
Romney trapped Obama in the Second Debate
October 18, 2012
Many in the punditry need to re-visit the section of the debate last night between Romney and Obama addressing the Libya question. Too many are saying Romney flubbed it More
A Moment of Arrogance
October 18, 2012
Little things can sometimes mean a lot, and throwaway lines spoken while a candidate is fumbling around for an answer can reveal something about his true mindset. More