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Next Generation’s Allen West to Receive ‘Heroes of Conscience Award’

Monday, May 20th, 2013 - by The Tatler

Next Generation’s Allen West will be honored at a dinner hosted by the American Freedom Alliance on Tuesday night with their “Heroes of Conscience Award.”

AFA describes the award as:

[M]en and women who work daily to support the values and ideals which have formed the very cornerstone of our civilization. We are grateful for their courage and tenacity in elevating the study of the classics, promoting democracy and free enterprise and focusing on the elements that guarantee individual liberty. In defense of our freedoms, they have dared to venture beyond the comforts of family, career and personal commitments, taking great risks on a daily basis in order to preserve and elevate these precious gifts to humanity. They are truly worthy recipients of our annual Heroes of Conscience Awards.

Next Generation is an educational effort by PJ Media that examines “the issues of the day through the lens of the next generation.” West, a former congressman, is director of Next Generation Programming. He is leading the effort to develop new Internet TV shows and other media that can be viewed on NextGeneration.TV

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Forest Bullies: Environmentalists Fight to Keep Certification Monopoly

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - by The Tatler

If the issue of timber certification proves one thing, it’s that activist campaigners are willing to distort, lie and even intimidate to maintain their influence.

It’s easy to toss an issue so obscure into the weeds, but these machinations are real and they are costing the American consumer.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the forest certification metric of choice for the environmental lobby. The standard is further buoyed as the lone means of certification included in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, which is enforced by 14 federal agencies and 34 state governments.

These various government edicts taken in sum and it’s apparent FSC has an extraordinary monopoly on green building projects in America.

This unusual government preference for FSC comes even as numerous other reputable certification systems exist, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

Worse, the flaws with FSC are vast and immediate.

Less than a quarter of all forests certified by FSC are even in North America and the program’s regional variances mean that it’s nearly impossible to establish a consistent metric for timber certification. It has 23 varying standards across the glob, lacking a single uniform approach. In practice, it means that timber import from another country would be necessarily lesser than timber sourced from the few American-approved forests.

But having built their certification empire, environmentalists are not ready to cede any regulatory ground to competing standards.

FSC and its allies in the environmental lobby routinely accuse rival programs of allowing clear-cutting; in truth, however, FSC’s regional variances has wrought this very result.

One regional standard, found in Russia, actually allows for clear-cutting forests, the very thing activists prop up as justification for shutting out competition. Just last year, IKEA found themselves in the crosshairs of international scrutiny for following these standards.

Furthermore, the fact that so few American forests are certified by FSC means that timber is frequently imported from these clear-cut forests to meet the demands of certifying government buildings as green. The energy exerted to transport the timber is dramatically increased from what it would otherwise be, and many American timber jobs are a non-starter.

In short, surface-level support for FSC is hardly consistent with the supposed goals of environmental activists and reeks of inconsistency and hypocrisy from the get-go.

It’s better understood when the deep ties FSC maintains with the most radical elements of the green “movement” are given the light of day. The intra-workings here are the root cause of the abrasive, unethical tactics used in attempts to keep the monopoly in place.

For instance, consider the connections fringe groups like the Dogwood Alliance maintains with FSC.

Dogwood has repeatedly launched public smear campaigns against businesses that choose SFI as their timber certification metric, with notable targets in the last decade including Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. The tactics incorporated into these smear efforts have included the absurd, such as an “Occupy KFC” protest, to outright civil disobedience and disinformation campaigns.

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Audio Essay: How’s That Overseas Contingency Operation Working Out?

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 - by The Tatler

Chris Salcedo, executive director of the Conservative Hispanic Society, says that it’s high time that the Obama administration treats the Islamist terrorist threat for what it is.

 

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Audio Essay: Immigration: Can We Get It Right This Time?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 - by The Tatler

Chris Salcedo of the Conservative Hispanic Society gives us some things to consider, with all the talk about illegal and legal immigration reform.

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Luke’s Change: Was the Death Star’s Destruction an Inside Job?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 - by The Tatler

That’s no moon, and even if it was, fire can’t melt steel…

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Will Alicia Keys Cancel Her Performance in Israel?

Friday, March 8th, 2013 - by The Tatler

“Currently Alicia Keys is being urged to cancel her performance in Tel Aviv this July, via Facebook, open letters, Twitter and a petition with thousands of signatures,” The Creative Community for Peace reports. They’d like some help punching back twice as hard, as the president would say:

Many artists scheduled to perform in Israel are being inundated by false accusations about Israel, particularly that it is an Apartheid state. Currently Alicia Keys is being urged to cancel her performance in Tel Aviv this July, via Facebook, open letters, Twitter and a petition with thousands of signatures. It is critical that all artists hearing the same false accusations, hear from voices that support liberal, open democracies and the independence of artists.

Addressing Keys directly, the Creative Community for Peace adds:

We therefore urge you to keep your tour date in Israel, the land Madonna calls “the energy center of the world.” Join the ranks of independent-minded artists who have performed in Israel recently, including Rihanna, Macy Gray, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Black Eyed Peas, Missy Elliot, Metallica, Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, Seal, Meshell Ngedecello, Erykah Badu and many others. Your fans in Israel are looking forward to seeing you and know that you will use the power of your music to help bring hope and peace to the region!

Click here to read the whole thing, and then add your signature to the petition, if you agree.

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DOD Study: Green Buildings Wasting Tax Dollars, Energy

Thursday, March 7th, 2013 - by The Tatler

Specially green-certified government structures are consuming more water and energy resources than less expensive conventional buildings, a new life-cycle analysis by the National Research Council has found. Shocked, we are.

A recently-released report by the NRC revealed the Department of Defense is spending upwards of 8 percent more on green certified buildings than conventional buildings for design and construction costs while reaping negligible, if not negative, energy rewards.

DOD construction regulations stipulate that new or renovated military structures be built to the specifications established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Twelve other government agencies, including the mammoth Government Services Administration, also mandate adherence.

“Research studies indicate that the incremental costs to design and construct high performance or green buildings typically range from 0 to 8 percent higher than the costs to design and construct conventional buildings,” the 231-page report reads. It also noted that “not every individual … green building building achieved energy or water savings when compared to similar conventional buildings.”

The certification program has weathered intense congressional criticism for restrictions levied on common plastics, like bullet proof glass and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping, and a ban most certified US timber, and was forced to table even tighter regulations last year.

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, who requested the NRC study, said DOD should “remain flexible” and abandon its LEED-only standard.

“The findings made by DOD and the National Research Council show that a strict LEED policy for green buildings does not achieve consistent and significant energy, water, or cost savings for military construction across different geographic areas,” Wicker said in a statement.

Amid increasing congressional and industry concerns, some government agencies have expressed an apparent willingness in recent weeks to ease its LEED-only standard.

The GSA, which serves as the landlord for the civilian federal government, published a notice earlier this month that it would accept public comments on the three competing certification systems for green building standards, LEED, Green Globes and the Living Building Challenge.

In its report, though, the NRC recommended DOD maintain its current certification standard. Wicker said the counsel ran counter to the agency’s own findings of diminished environmental and energy benefits.

“I am disappointed that despite negativing findings and mixed results, the NRC recommended DOD continue its LEED policy for green buildings. DOD should consider all the rating systems and standards available and remain flexible in its policies to better ensure energy and water savings.”

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FULL TEXT: Sen. Marco Rubio’s Rebuttal to the SOTU

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 - by The Tatler

WASHINGTON, DC – Following is the full text of Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) Republican Address to the Nation, as prepared for delivery:

Good evening. I’m Marco Rubio. I’m blessed to represent Florida in the United States Senate. Let me begin by congratulating President Obama on the start of his second term. Tonight, I have the honor of responding to his State of the Union address on behalf of my fellow Republicans.  And I am especially honored to be addressing our brave men and women serving in the armed forces and in diplomatic posts around the world. You may be thousands of miles away, but you are always in our prayers.

The State of the Union address is always a reminder of how unique America is. For much of human history, most people were trapped in stagnant societies, where a tiny minority always stayed on top, and no one else even had a chance.

But America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious, and that everyone everywhere has a God-given right to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them.

Like most Americans, for me this ideal is personal. My parents immigrated here in pursuit of the opportunity to improve their life and give their children the chance at an even better one. They made it to the middle class, my dad working as a bartender and my mother as a cashier and a maid. I didn’t inherit any money from them. But I inherited something far better – the real opportunity to accomplish my dreams.

This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington.  It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs.

Presidents in both parties – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity.

But President Obama?  He believes it’s the cause of our problems.  That the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough and control enough. And, therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more.

This idea – that our problems were caused by a government that was too small – it’s just not true. In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies.

And the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hardworking middle class taxpayers – that’s an old idea that’s failed every time it’s been tried.

More government isn’t going to help you get ahead.  It’s going to hold you back.

More government isn’t going to create more opportunities.  It’s going to limit them.

And more government isn’t going to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new private sector jobs.  It’s going to create uncertainty.

Because more government breeds complicated rules and laws that a small business can’t afford to follow.

Because more government raises taxes on employers who then pass the costs on to their employees through fewer hours, lower pay and even layoffs.

And because many government programs that claim to help the middle class, often end up hurting them instead.

For example, Obamacare was supposed to help middle class Americans afford health insurance.  But now, some people are losing the health insurance they were happy with.  And because Obamacare created expensive requirements for companies with more than 50 employees, now many of these businesses aren’t hiring.  Not only that; they’re being forced to lay people off and switch from full-time employees to part-time workers.

Now does this mean there’s no role for government?  Of course not.  It plays a crucial part in keeping us safe, enforcing rules, and providing some security against the risks of modern life. But government’s role is wisely limited by the Constitution. And it can’t play its essential role when it ignores those limits.

There are valid reasons to be concerned about the President’s plan to grow our government. But any time anyone opposes the President’s agenda, he and his allies usually respond by falsely attacking their motives.

When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can’t control the weather – he accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air.

When we suggest we strengthen our safety net programs by giving states more flexibility to manage them – he accuses us of wanting to leave the elderly and disabled to fend for themselves.

And tonight, he even criticized us for refusing to raise taxes to delay military cuts – cuts that were his idea in the first place.

But his favorite attack of all is that those who don’t agree with him – they only care about rich people.

Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.

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McCain Releases Statement on Hagel Nomination, Benghazi

Monday, February 11th, 2013 - by The Tatler

Sen. John McCain released the following statement on the progress of former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to become the next Defense Secretary.

Washington, D.C. ­–  “I share many of the concerns expressed by my colleagues regarding Senator Chuck Hagel’s positions on many national security policy issues. His performance before the Senate Armed Services Committee was discouraging and disappointing, and his often adversarial attitude toward legitimate questions from Committee members was troubling.

“At the same time, I have full confidence in the Committee’s rigorous process for vetting nominees, which has been developed and relied upon for decades by Members of both parties. This process ensures a comprehensive and thorough examination of every aspect of a nominee’s history, including but not limited to personal and public records, tax returns, potential conflicts of interest, and an FBI background check, all carried out by highly experienced professionals from both parties. As a member of the Committee for 26 years, and most recently as Ranking Member, I have always been confident that no matter how I personally felt about a particular nominee, the Committee’s process produced the information that Members needed to make up their minds on the President’s nominees and to vote on them within the Committee.

“The integrity of the Armed Services Committee’s nomination process is vitally important. It ensures that no matter which party holds power in the White House or the Senate, nominations for critical national security positions are handled in a fair and appropriate manner that is mindful of the enormous responsibilities these positions hold for our nation’s defense. With this in mind, I have examined the information and responses to Members’ questions that Senator Hagel has provided to the Committee, and I believe that he has fulfilled the rigorous requirements that the Committee demands of every Presidential nominee to be Secretary of Defense. As a result, I believe it is appropriate for the Armed Services Committee to vote on Senator Hagel’s nomination and determine whether to move this nomination to the Senate floor where Members can debate and express their own judgments on Senator Hagel. I will not participate in any walkout of tomorrow’s Committee vote – an action that would be disrespectful to Chairman Levin and at odds with the best traditions of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Finally, I share Senator Graham’s deep concerns about unanswered questions regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The American people deserve to have all the answers about why four brave Americans died in Benghazi, and this Administration’s actions – including those of the President – before, during and after that tragic day.”

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[VIDEO] Kyle Family Statement on the Death of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 - by The Tatler

Via The Blaze TV.

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Ethanol Mandates Are Making Super Bowl Chicken Wing Buckets Go Bye-Bye

Monday, January 28th, 2013 - by The Tatler

When the nation gathers around its television sets this upcoming Sunday to watch the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers face off for best title in the NFL, Americans everywhere will be feeling the effects of our weak energy policy (even if they don’t know it).

Chicken wing consumption during this year’s Super Bowl is estimated to be 1.23 billion wings, down 12.3 million from last year. One of the culprits culpable for the decline is high ethanol prices, which have driven chicken companies to produce one percent fewer birds due in large part to “record high corn and feed prices,” according to the 2013 Wing Report by the National Chicken Council. Meanwhile, the Renewable Fuels Standard diverted 40% of the nation’s total corn production to be used as motor fuel, in the form of ethanol. This, combined with severe drought conditions last year, has driven the price of ethanol to record highs, which in turn forced chicken farmers to reduce the size of their flocks. Thus, Americans are seeing painfully higher prices at the grocery store.

According to Gallup, nearly 76% of Americans say higher food prices are hurting their family’s finances, and this year’s Super Bowl festivities will be the latest manifestation of that fact. Prices are only estimated to get even higher. Converting 40% of our animal feed to gasoline because of the renewable fuel standard is not helping consumers or their pocketbooks, as misguided energy policies continue to “peck” away at our recovery.

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Full Text: Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

Monday, January 21st, 2013 - by The Tatler

The full text of President Barack H. Obama’s second inaugural address, as prepared for delivery.

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

For more than two hundred years, we have.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.

Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.

For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.

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Gov. Rick Perry Responds to Obama’s Gun Control Announcement

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 - by The Tatler

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama’s executive actions:

“The Vice President’s committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there.

“Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.

“There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.

“In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president.”

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The List: President Obama’s 23 Gun-Control Measures

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 - by The Tatler

Today, the president is announcing that he and the administration will:

  1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
  2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
  3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
  4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
  5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
  6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
  7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
  8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
  9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
  10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
  11. Nominate an ATF director.
  12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
  13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
  14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
  15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to developinnovative technologies.
  16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
  17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
  18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

EMBARGOED

  1. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
  2. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
  3. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
  4. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
  5. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obamas-executive-actions-on-gun-control-2013-1#ixzz2I9xEVYih

More: What We Learned from President Obama’s Gun-Control Announcement

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National Rifle Association Expresses ‘Disappointment’ After White House Meeting on Guns

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 - by The Tatler

“The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again.  We attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.

“We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.  While claiming that no policy proposals would be ‘prejudged,’ this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners – honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.  It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works – and what does not.”

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Former Reagan AG Ed Meese, Ken Blackwell Lead Group Calling on Republicans to Reject Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 - by The Tatler

A group called the Conservative Action Project has released a letter today calling on House Republicans to vote against Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” if it comes up for a floor vote. The group released a statement along with a stellar list of signatories, headlined appropriately “NO MORE TAXES!!!!!!!!”

NO MORE TAXES!!!!!!!!!

As leaders of broad based American citizen groups we call upon Republican House Members to vote no on Speaker Boehner’s Tax Hike known as “Plan B.”  This tax increase bill is just like the tax increase proposal Nancy Pelosi offered last year on May 23rd.

Speaker Boehner, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and too many Members of the Republican conference have forgotten that the problem in Washington is too much spending and not too little taxation.

When the American people voted to return the Republican majority in the House last month we sent you to cut spending.  Instead, you are now voting on the Pelosi plan to increase taxes next year.

We urge Members of the House to vote no on the procedural rule to stop the Pelosi/Boehner tax plan from coming to the House floor for a vote.

Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General

Brent Bozell, President, ForAmerica

Erick Erickson, Editor, RedState.com

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Faith & Freedom Coalition

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United

Alfred Regnery, President, The Paul Revere Project

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government

Chris Chocola, President, Club for Growth

George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom

Michael Needham, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Action for America

Morton Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch

Peter Thomas, Chairman, The Conservative Caucus

Amy Kremer, Chairman Tea Party Express

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

David Y. Denholm, President, Public Service Research Council

Jim Backlin, Christian Coalition of America

Becky Norton Dunlop, former Reagan Administration official

Gary Bauer, President, American Values

David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

David McIntosh, former Member of Congress, Indiana

Robert (Bob) Reccord, Exec. Dir., Council for National Policy

T. Kenneth Cribb, former Domestic Advisor to President Reagan

(All organizations listed for Identification purposes only)

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[VIDEO] PJM’s Patrick Poole Blazes on the Egyptian Uprising

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 - by The Tatler

PJ’s Patrick Poole joined Pat Gray, Diana West and Stu Burguiere on Blaze TV Wednesday to discuss the protests that have erupted in Egypt after Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi granted himself dictatorial powers.

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[VIDEO] Oklahoma Doctors vs ObamaCare

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 - by The Tatler
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Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures. The 51-year-old Smith, a self-described libertarian, and his business partner, Dr. Steve Lantier, founded the Surgery Center 15 years ago, after they became disillusioned with the way patients were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the two men worked as anesthesiologists. In 1997, Smith and Lantier bought the shell of a former surgical center with the aim of creating a for-profit facility that could deliver first-rate care at a fraction of what traditional hospitals charge….

More here.

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[VIDEO] Begala Says Dropoff in Youth Vote is His ‘Single Biggest Concern’ as an Obama Supporter

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 - by The Tatler
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[VIDEO] Obama Calls Voter Who Doesn’t Know Who He Is

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 - by The Tatler
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Libertarian Wayne Allen Root: Romney is the Only ‘Sane Choice’

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 - by The Tatler

The former Libertarian Party standard bearer advises his fellow party faithful to pull the lever, push the button or mark the box for Mitt Romney in an editorial.

It’s simple. Libertarians believe in less government; lower taxes; cutting rules, regulations and mandates to get government out of the way of small business; reining in out-of-control government agencies like the EPA; auditing the Fed; and balancing the budget. Sound familiar?

So do Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Certainly a little less than Libertarians, including me, would like. But, I’ll take incremental progress over no progress. Mitt Romney is a step in the right direction.

Barack Obama is a thousand miles in the wrong direction — a direction that leads to the bankruptcy of our children and grandchildren and the destruction of the American Dream. A vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for Obama and his disastrous road that leads to the end of America (as we know it).

The Obama you’ve seen for the last four years is nothing like the radical man who will be unleashed for the next four. The first Obama term was just a small taste of things to come. Without having to answer to voters again, Obama will be his REAL radical self. Without restraint, Obama will ignore Congress, and govern by Executive Order. These radical Executive Orders from “Obama unleashed” will change America forever.

Don’t believe me? Are you aware Obama issued almost 1,000 executive orders in his first term? That’s more than all other presidents in history combined (and still counting). In a second term Obama will render Congress meaningless.

Read the whole thing. Especially if you’re an undecided Libertarian who has not voted yet.

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Politico’s Tied Battleground Poll Has Some Good News for Romney

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 - by The Tatler

The topline number is scary: Romney and Obama remain tied at 47 in the final Politico battleground poll. But underneath that, Romney leads strongly among independents, 47-32. Republicans lead Democrats on the generic congressional ballot, 47-46. Also:

Romney maintains a significant 6-point advantage on who is better for the economy and creating jobs, 51 percent to 45 percent. A majority, 53 percent, disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy, 57 disapprove of his spending policies and 54 think the country is on the wrong track.

For the first time all year, Romney has taken the lead on which candidate will better handle tax policy. Obama was up by 2 points for the past four weeks, but Romney pulled ahead by 1 point, 48 percent to 47 percent — a statistical tie.

Obama is stronger on non-economic issues, but the margin has narrowed in several categories. His 10-point edge on foreign policy has tightened to 7 points in the past few days. His 8-point lead on Medicare narrowed to 6 points. A 14-point advantage on standing up for the middle class last week ends at 11 percent.

Obama’s 5-point advantage on the question of which candidate more shares your values last week is now a 1-point advantage, 48 percent to 47 percent. A 3-point edge on who is the stronger leader dwindled to 1 point.

Romney has used his closing argument to argue that he’s best suited to bring real change, and it appears to have had an impact. Voters see him as more able to get things done, by 49 percent to 44 percent, than Obama.

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[VIDEO] Obama’s Hurricane Debacle

Monday, November 5th, 2012 - by The Tatler

Victims of Hurricane Sandy beg for help, but are getting none from the president. An honest media would cover this abject failure.

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Vice President Biden Forgets Who the Current President Is

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 - by The Tatler

h/t Powerline

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So What Were The Assets Available For Benghazi, Part II?

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 - by The Tatler

More dripping from Herschel Smith in two parts.

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Drip, Drip: CIA’s Benghazi Timeline Questioned

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 - by The Tatler

The CIA’s new timeline of events in Benghazi is not holding up.

Both American and British sources say multiple roadblocks set up by fighters believed to be with Ansar al-Sharia were in place in Benghazi several hours before the 9:40 p.m. timeline and that communications also alluded to “heavily armed troops showing up with artillery.” Fox News was told by both American and British contacts who were in Benghazi that night that the CIA timeline rolled out this past week is only “loosely based on the truth” and “doesn’t quite add up.”

The safe room to which Ambassador Christopher Stevens retreated during the assault was far from safe.

One former Special Op now employed by a private company in Benghazi said that even the safe room wasn’t properly set up. He said “the safe room is one of the first measures you take” and that he is “not sure how you can set a safe room without fire suppression and ventilation in case of fire.” He also said, “Ambassador Stevens would likely be alive today if this simple and normal procedure was put into place.”

As details emerge of serious security issues before the attack on Sept. 11, Fox News is also beginning to hear more frustration from sources both on the ground in Benghazi and in the U.S. Multiple British and American sources insist there were other capabilities in the region and are mystified why none were used. Fox News was told there were not only armed drones that monitor Libyan chemical weapon sites in the area, but also F-18′s, AC-130 aircraft and even helicopters that could have been dispatched in a timely fashion.

British intelligence sources said that unarmed drones routinely flew over Benghazi every night in flight patterns and that armed drones which fly over chemical sites, some a short flight from Benghazi, “were always said to be on call.” American sources confirmed this and questioned “why was a drone armed only with a camera dispatched?”

Another source added, “Why would they put a ragtag team together in Tripoli as first responders? This is not even what they do for a living. We had a first responder air base in Italy almost the same distance away.” Despite the team arriving from Tripoli that night, sources said sufficient American back-up never came.

More: 

Benghazi and the Missing Obama 9/11 Timeline

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Rudy Giuliani: Obama Should Resign

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 - by The Tatler

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Confirmed: MSNBC is the Most Biased Network

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by The Tatler

Politico sums up a Pew survey.

From August 27 through October 21, 71 percent of MSNBC’s coverage of Mitt Romney this year was negative, far outperforming Fox News’s negative coverage of President Barack Obama, which came in at 46 percent, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. The negative-to-positive ratio on MSNBC was roughly 23-to-1; the negative-to-positive ratio on Fox News was 8-to-1.

 

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Breaking: NY Marathon Canceled

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by The Tatler

CBS News is reporting that this weekend’s NY Marathon has been canceled. Details to follow as they become available.

Update: Details.

The New York City marathon will not take place this Sunday, NBC 4 New York has learned.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg had defended his decision to hold the 26.2-mile race as scheduled on Sunday, although many New Yorkers complained it would be insensitive and divert city resources at a time when many are suffering.

 

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[VIDEO] Kirsten Powers and Judith Miller Blast Media’s Lack of Benghazi Coverage

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by The Tatler

Both agree that the media has avoided the story for political reasons, with Powers adding that the media has been “absolutely pathetic.” She also noted that Obama’s war on Fox News has “cowed” the media into avoiding covering a story on which Fox reporters have led the fact-finding. Miller calls the media “co-conspirators” in helping the Obama administration cover up the terrorist assault.

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[VIDEO] Mitt Romney’s ‘Real Change from Day One’ Speech

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by The Tatler

Full text of the speech here.

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Is Big Labor Trying to Buy New Hampshire Governor’s Race?

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by The Tatler

Is there anything Big Labor won’t do for Maggie Hassan? With just days before the election, NH Democratic gubernatorial nominee Maggie Hassan faces all the wrong questions about her campaign’s cozy relationship with labor union groups. From shadowy donations to workplace, Hassan is actively accepting the sort of “support” she has publicly decried throughout her political career.

The details:

Hassan’s June 20th finance report included a $25,000 contribution from the “Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union.”

Red Flag #1: Direct contributions from unions are prohibited under New Hampshire state law.

In order to contribute to candidates or political committees, unions must create a PAC. Hassan’s report lists the contributing entity as a PAC.

Red Flag #2: Hassan’s report lists the contribution as coming from “Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union.”  No PAC with this name exists.  The union does have a registered PAC under the name “Local 131 Volunteer PAC.” 

So it would appear that Hassan exploited a loophole in New Hampshire election law that allows PAC to PAC transfers in unlimited amounts, as at the time her campaign committee was set up as a PAC.  However, even that explanation leaves troubling questions.

Red Flag #3: The Local 131 Volunteer PAC did not register until over a month after the contribution date. “A contribution in the amount of $25,000 is only permitted if the funds were transferred directly from one PAC to another, which appears to be the case with the $25,000 contribution…However, the timeline of the donation and the PAC registration call into question the legality of the contribution. While Hassan’s report lists the donation as received on June 15th, the Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC did not file its registration papers with the Secretary of State’s office until months later, on August 2nd.” 

Red Flag #4: Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC doesn’t list a donation of any size to Maggie Hassan on any of its filings. “Another inconsistency arises when examining the union PAC’s filings. The first report, filed on August 22nd, does not list the donation to Hassan’s committee, nor is it listed on subsequent filings. The August 22nd report lists $29,257.71 raised but only $1,500 spent. Based on the information available, it seems that at the very least Hassan exploited a loophole in New Hampshire election law.” 

Unions aren’t just filling Hassan’s campaign coffers; they are abusing their member communications privileges to strong-arm NH state employees to vote for her, according to a piece published Nov. 1 in the New Hampshire Journal. “When some New Hampshire state employees arrived at their office last week, they were greeted at their desks by a sensationalized flyer touting Democrat gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan and attacking her Republican opponent, Ovide Lamontagne. The flier was apparently produced and distributed by the State Employee’s Association (SEA) and the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).”

According to the same article, the unions’ tactics are skirting – if not violating – the law. “Political communications of this nature are technically legal due to provisions in the SEA contract negotiated under former Governor Jeanne Shaheen and upheld by Governor Lynch.    However, sources familiar with labor laws say that union representatives and union members are not supposed to take time out of work hours or use office equipment such as printers or copiers to distribute materials like these fliers.”

Oh, the irony: In the past, Hassan repeatedly blasted these type of contributions…but she wasn’t running for governor then. “’You can come into New Hampshire. You can purchase an election. You can drown out the voices of all others in a campaign,’ Hassan charged. ‘You can hide your identity from public scrutiny.’”

Indeed.

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‘Bow to Nobody’ — SEALs Release New Anti-Obama Ad

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by The Tatler
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Mitt Romney Delivers Closing Argument in Wisconsin: ‘Real Change from Day One’

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by The Tatler

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today delivered remarks in West Allis, Wisconsin, “Real Change From Day One.” The following was prepared for delivery:

Thank you.  It’s good to be in the home state of the next Vice President of the United States.

Next to Ann Romney, Paul Ryan is the best choice I ever made.

Tonight, we enter the final weekend of the campaign.  At Obama rallies, they are saying “Four More Years.” We are shouting “Four More Days.”

We are so very grateful to you and to people across the country, for all that you have given of yourselves to this campaign.  This is not just about Paul and me–it is about America, and the future we will leave to our children. We thank you, and we ask you to stay at it all the way – all the way to victory on Tuesday night.

The closing hours of a campaign have a dynamic of their own. Many voters have known for some time who they will vote for. Others are just now putting aside the demands of daily life and considering how their vote will affect their life, the lives of their children, and the course of the country we love.

We ask you to look beyond the speeches and the attacks and the ads. Look to the record, the accomplishments and failures, and the judgment. Words are cheap. A record is real and earned with effort. Change cannot be measured in speeches; it is measured in achievements.

Four years ago, candidate Obama promised to do so very much, but he has fallen so very short.

He promised to be a “post-partisan president” but he became the most partisan– blaming, attacking, dividing.

He was going to focus on creating jobs.  Instead, he focused on Obamacare, which killed jobs.

He said he was going to cut the federal deficit by half; then he doubled it.

He said that the unemployment rate would now be 5.2%; today we learned that it is 7.9%–it is 9 million jobs short of what he promised. Unemployment is higher today than when Barack Obama took office.

He promised that he would propose a plan to save Social Security and Medicare from insolvency. He did not; rather, he raided $716 billion from Medicare for his vaunted Obamacare.

He would lower health premiums by $2,500. Now they are higher by $3,000. And gasoline? The American family pays $2,000 a year more for gasoline today than when he was elected.

He said he would work across the aisle on the most important issues. He has not met on the economy, or on the budget, or on jobs, with either the Republican leader of the House or the Senate since July. Instead of bridging the divide, he has made it wider.

How is it that he has fallen so short of what he promised? In part, it is because he has never led, never worked across the aisle, never truly understood how jobs are created in the economy.

And today, he makes new promises, promises he will be unable to keep, because he admits that he will stay on the same path. The same course we have been on will not lead to a better destination.

The same path means $20 trillion in debt, crippling unemployment, stagnant take-home pay, depressed home values, and a devastated military. And unless we change course, we may be looking at another recession.

The question of this election comes down to this: do you want more of the same or do you want real change?

President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it.

I built a business, and turned around another. I helped put an Olympics back on track. And with a Democratic legislature, I helped turn my state from deficit to surplus, from job losses to job growth, and from higher taxes to higher take-home pay.

This is why I am running for president. I know how to change the course the nation is on, how to get us to a balanced budget and how to build jobs and rising take-home pay. Accomplishing real change is not something I just talk about–it is something I have done. And it is what will do when I am President of the United States.

If you believe we can do better, if you believe America should be on a better course, if you are tired of being tired, then I ask you to vote for real change. Paul Ryan and I will bring real change to America, from Day One.

When I am elected, the economy and American jobs will still be stagnant. I won’t waste any time complaining about my predecessor. I won’t spend my effort trying to pass partisan legislation unrelated to economic growth. From Day One, I will go to work to help Americans get back to work.

People across the country are responding to our five-part plan to create jobs.

Part one is about taking full advantage of our energy resources. On Day One, I will act to increase the number of leases and permits to drill on federal lands. I will act to speed the approval of the Keystone pipeline from Canada. I will re-visit coal regulations that were designed by the administration to strangle the industry. On Day One, we will be closer to energy independence.

Second, I will move to boost trade, especially with Latin America. I will ask Congress for Trade Promotion Authority, a power every president has used or requested since it was first created in 1974, with the exception of President Obama. And I will finally designate China as a currency manipulator. It is time for trade that works for America.

Third, I will send to Congress the Retraining Reform Act, to make sure that every worker who feels left behind in this economy can get the skills and the chance for a good-paying job.

Fourth, I will move to tackle out-of-control spending. I will send Congress the first of several fundamental reforms called the Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act, to immediately cut–not just slow the rate of growth– but cut non-security discretionary spending by 5%.  I’m not just going to take office on January 20th – I’m going to take responsibility for the office as well.

And fifth, I will act to boost small business, and all business. I will issue executive orders aimed straight at the problems that are holding this economy back.

The first will grant state waivers from Obamacare, to begin its repeal.

The second will launch a sweeping review of all Obama-era regulations with an eye to eliminating or repairing those that are killing jobs and small businesses.

And every entrepreneur, every small-business person, every job creator will know that for the first time in four years, the government of the United States likes business and loves the jobs and higher wages business brings to our fellow Americans.

We have almost forgotten what a real recovery looks like – what Americans can achieve when we limit government instead of limiting the dreams of our fellow Americans.

You can choose your future. You know what you need to know. You can stay on the path of the last four years, or you can choose real change.

You know that if the President is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress. He has ignored them, attacked them, blamed them. The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy. The President was right when he said he can’t change Washington from the inside. In this case, you can take him at his word.

When I am elected, I will work with Republicans and Democrats in Congress. I will meet regularly with their leaders. I will endeavor to find those good men and women on both sides of the aisle who care more about the country than about the politics. Together, we will put the nation on track to a balanced budget, to reform our tax code, and to finally reaffirm our commitment to financial responsibility.

You know that if the President is re-elected, he will continue his war on coal and oil and natural gas. He will send billions more dollars to his favorite solar and wind companies. And all of this will guarantee higher energy prices at the pump and fewer jobs. Today, gas costs twice what it did when President Obama was elected.

When I am elected, we will change course on energy.  I know just how much energy means to middle-class families. We can help hold down prices at the pump and grow new energy jobs and manufacturing jobs.

You know that if the President is re-elected, he will continue to promote government and demote business. He chose his own jobs council, made up of business leaders. And he hasn’t met with them in 9 months. 9 months.

I like business, I don’t see it as a necessary evil. I see it as a means for people to fulfill their dreams. Yesterday, I met Rhoda Elliott. She has been running her family restaurants for years, a business that has been in her family for 82 years. At its high point, she employed 200 people. She just closed it down telling me that regulations, taxes and the effects of the Obama economy put her out of business. She teared up–this wasn’t about money, this was about a future for her family and for her family of employees. I want to help the hundreds of thousands of dreamers like Rhoda. And I will.

You know that if the President is re-elected, he will say every good thing he can about education, but in the final analysis, he will do what his largest campaign supporters–the public-sector unions–insist upon. And your kids will have the same schools with the same results.

When I am president, I will be a voice of the children and their parents. There is no union for the PTA. I will give parents the information they need to know if their school is failing, and the choice they need to pick the school where their child can succeed.

I have watched over these last few months as our campaign has gathered the strength of a movement.  It’s not just the size of the crowds, it’s the depth of our shared conviction … the readiness for new possibilities … the sense that the challenges are clear and our work will soon begin.  It has made me strive even more to be worthy of the office … to campaign as I would govern … to speak for the aspirations of all Americans.

I learned as Governor of Massachusetts that the best achievements are shared achievements.  I learned that respect and good will go a long way, and are usually returned in kind.  That is how I will conduct myself as president.  I will reach out to both sides of the aisle.  I will bring people together, doing big things for the common good.  I won’t just represent one party, I’ll represent one nation.  I’ll try to show the best of America, at a time when only our best will do.

Throughout this campaign, using every argument he can think of, President Obama has tried to convince you that, yes, these last four years have been a success.  He’s so sure of this that he’s got one big plan for the next four years: Let’s take all those ideas from the first term – the stimulus, the borrowing, Obamacare, and the rest – and go back and do them all over again.

But it could be boiled down to four words:  More of the same.

I do not believe this is a moment when our big dreams will be satisfied with a small agenda.  I will lead America to a better place, where confidence in the future is assured, not questioned. This is not a time to settle!

We are four days away from a fresh start. Four days away from the first day of a new beginning. My conviction that better days are ahead is not based on promises and hollow rhetoric but solid plans and proven results.

And an unshakeable faith in the American spirit.

If there is anyone worried the last four years are the best we can do, if there is anyone who fears that the American dream is fading away, if there is anyone who wonders whether better jobs and better paychecks are things of the past, I have a clear and unequivocal message: with the right leadership, America will come roaring back.

We are Americans. We can do anything.

The only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we have known is lack of leadership. And that’s why we have elections.

This Tuesday is a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do … to put the past four years behind us and start building a new future.

You saw the differences when President Obama and I were side-by-side in our debates. He says it has to be this way. I say it can’t stay this way. He’s offering excuses, I’ve got a plan. He’s hoping we’ll settle. I can’t wait for us to get started.

Americans don’t settle. We build, we aspire, we listen to that voice inside that says, “We can do better.” A better job; a better life for our kids; a bigger, better country.

That better life is out there, waiting for us. Our destiny is in your hands.

Four more days. Four more days and we can get to work rebuilding our country, restoring our confidence and renewing our conviction. Confidence that we are on a solid path to steady improvement. Confidence that college grads four years from now will find better jobs. Confidence that the single moms working two jobs will have a shot at a better job.

On November 6th, we come together for a better future. And on November 7th, we’ll get to work. We’ll reach across the street to that neighbor with the other yard sign and we’ll reach across the aisle in Washington to people of good faith in the other party.

This is much more than our moment. It is America’s moment of renewal and purpose and optimism. We have journeyed far and wide in this great campaign for America’s future. And now we are almost home.

One final push will get us there. We have known many long days and short nights and now we are close.

The door to a brighter future is there, open, waiting for us. I need your vote, I need your help. Walk with me, walk together. Let us start anew.

God bless each of you and God bless the United States of America.

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today delivered remarks in West Allis, Wisconsin, “Real Change From Day One.” The following was prepared for delivery:

 

Thank you.  It’s good to be in the home state of the next Vice President of the United States.

 

Next to Ann Romney, Paul Ryan is the best choice I ever made.

 

Tonight, we enter the final weekend of the campaign.  At Obama rallies, they are saying “Four More Years.” We are shouting “Four More Days.”

 

We are so very grateful to you and to people across the country, for all that you have given of yourselves to this campaign.  This is not just about Paul and me–it is about America, and the future we will leave to our children. We thank you, and we ask you to stay at it all the way – all the way to victory on Tuesday night.

 

The closing hours of a campaign have a dynamic of their own. Many voters have known for some time who they will vote for. Others are just now putting aside the demands of daily life and considering how their vote will affect their life, the lives of their children, and the course of the country we love.

 

We ask you to look beyond the speeches and the attacks and the ads. Look to the record, the accomplishments and failures, and the judgment. Words are cheap. A record is real and earned with effort. Change cannot be measured in speeches; it is measured in achievements.

 

Four years ago, candidate Obama promised to do so very much, but he has fallen so very short. 

 

He promised to be a “post-partisan president” but he became the most partisan– blaming, attacking, dividing.

 

He was going to focus on creating jobs.  Instead, he focused on Obamacare, which killed jobs.

 

He said he was going to cut the federal deficit by half; then he doubled it.

 

He said that the unemployment rate would now be 5.2%; today we learned that it is 7.9%–it is 9 million jobs short of what he promised. Unemployment is higher today than when Barack Obama took office.

 

He promised that he would propose a plan to save Social Security and Medicare from insolvency. He did not; rather, he raided $716 billion from Medicare for his vaunted Obamacare.

 

He would lower health premiums by $2,500. Now they are higher by $3,000. And gasoline? The American family pays $2,000 a year more for gasoline today than when he was elected.

 

He said he would work across the aisle on the most important issues. He has not met on the economy, or on the budget, or on jobs, with either the Republican leader of the House or the Senate since July. Instead of bridging the divide, he has made it wider.

 

How is it that he has fallen so short of what he promised? In part, it is because he has never led, never worked across the aisle, never truly understood how jobs are created in the economy.

 

And today, he makes new promises, promises he will be unable to keep, because he admits that he will stay on the same path. The same course we have been on will not lead to a better destination.

 

The same path means $20 trillion in debt, crippling unemployment, stagnant take-home pay, depressed home values, and a devastated military. And unless we change course, we may be looking at another recession.

 

The question of this election comes down to this: do you want more of the same or do you want real change?

 

President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it. 

 

I built a business, and turned around another. I helped put an Olympics back on track. And with a Democratic legislature, I helped turn my state from deficit to surplus, from job losses to job growth, and from higher taxes to higher take-home pay. 

 

This is why I am running for president. I know how to change the course the nation is on, how to get us to a balanced budget and how to build jobs and rising take-home pay. Accomplishing real change is not something I just talk about–it is something I have done. And it is what will do when I am President of the United States.

 

If you believe we can do better, if you believe America should be on a better course, if you are tired of being tired, then I ask you to vote for real change. Paul Ryan and I will bring real change to America, from Day One.

 

When I am elected, the economy and American jobs will still be stagnant. I won’t waste any time complaining about my predecessor. I won’t spend my effort trying to pass partisan legislation unrelated to economic growth. From Day One, I will go to work to help Americans get back to work. 

 

People across the country are responding to our five-part plan to create jobs.

 

Part one is about taking full advantage of our energy resources. On Day One, I will act to increase the number of leases and permits to drill on federal lands. I will act to speed the approval of the Keystone pipeline from Canada. I will re-visit coal regulations that were designed by the administration to strangle the industry. On Day One, we will be closer to energy independence.

 

Second, I will move to boost trade, especially with Latin America. I will ask Congress for Trade Promotion Authority, a power every president has used or requested since it was first created in 1974, with the exception of President Obama. And I will finally designate China as a currency manipulator. It is time for trade that works for America.  

 

Third, I will send to Congress the Retraining Reform Act, to make sure that every worker who feels left behind in this economy can get the skills and the chance for a good-paying job.

 

Fourth, I will move to tackle out-of-control spending. I will send Congress the first of several fundamental reforms called the Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act, to immediately cut–not just slow the rate of growth– but cut non-security discretionary spending by 5%.  I’m not just going to take office on January 20th – I’m going to take responsibility for the office as well.  

 

And fifth, I will act to boost small business, and all business. I will issue executive orders aimed straight at the problems that are holding this economy back.

 

The first will grant state waivers from Obamacare, to begin its repeal.

 

The second will launch a sweeping review of all Obama-era regulations with an eye to eliminating or repairing those that are killing jobs and small businesses.

 

And every entrepreneur, every small-business person, every job creator will know that for the first time in four years, the government of the United States likes business and loves the jobs and higher wages business brings to our fellow Americans.

 

We have almost forgotten what a real recovery looks like – what Americans can achieve when we limit government instead of limiting the dreams of our fellow Americans.  

 

You can choose your future. You know what you need to know. You can stay on the path of the last four years, or you can choose real change.

 

You know that if the President is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress. He has ignored them, attacked them, blamed them. The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy. The President was right when he said he can’t change Washington from the inside. In this case, you can take him at his word.

 

When I am elected, I will work with Republicans and Democrats in Congress. I will meet regularly with their leaders. I will endeavor to find those good men and women on both sides of the aisle who care more about the country than about the politics. Together, we will put the nation on track to a balanced budget, to reform our tax code, and to finally reaffirm our commitment to financial responsibility.

 

You know that if the President is re-elected, he will continue his war on coal and oil and natural gas. He will send billions more dollars to his favorite solar and wind companies. And all of this will guarantee higher energy prices at the pump and fewer jobs. Today, gas costs twice what it did when President Obama was elected.

 

When I am elected, we will change course on energy.  I know just how much energy means to middle-class families. We can help hold down prices at the pump and grow new energy jobs and manufacturing jobs.

 

You know that if the President is re-elected, he will continue to promote government and demote business. He chose his own jobs council, made up of business leaders. And he hasn’t met with them in 9 months. 9 months.

 

I like business, I don’t see it as a necessary evil. I see it as a means for people to fulfill their dreams. Yesterday, I met Rhoda Elliott. She has been running her family restaurants for years, a business that has been in her family for 82 years. At its high point, she employed 200 people. She just closed it down telling me that regulations, taxes and the effects of the Obama economy put her out of business. She teared up–this wasn’t about money, this was about a future for her family and for her family of employees. I want to help the hundreds of thousands of dreamers like Rhoda. And I will.

 

You know that if the President is re-elected, he will say every good thing he can about education, but in the final analysis, he will do what his largest campaign supporters–the public-sector unions–insist upon. And your kids will have the same schools with the same results.

 

When I am president, I will be a voice of the children and their parents. There is no union for the PTA. I will give parents the information they need to know if their school is failing, and the choice they need to pick the school where their child can succeed.

 

I have watched over these last few months as our campaign has gathered the strength of a movement.  It’s not just the size of the crowds, it’s the depth of our shared conviction … the readiness for new possibilities … the sense that the challenges are clear and our work will soon begin.  It has made me strive even more to be worthy of the office … to campaign as I would govern … to speak for the aspirations of all Americans.

 

I learned as Governor of Massachusetts that the best achievements are shared achievements.  I learned that respect and good will go a long way, and are usually returned in kind.  That is how I will conduct myself as president.  I will reach out to both sides of the aisle.  I will bring people together, doing big things for the common good.  I won’t just represent one party, I’ll represent one nation.  I’ll try to show the best of America, at a time when only our best will do.

 

Throughout this campaign, using every argument he can think of, President Obama has tried to convince you that, yes, these last four years have been a success.  He’s so sure of this that he’s got one big plan for the next four years: Let’s take all those ideas from the first term – the stimulus, the borrowing, Obamacare, and the rest – and go back and do them all over again. 

 

But it could be boiled down to four words:  More of the same.

 

I do not believe this is a moment when our big dreams will be satisfied with a small agenda.  I will lead America to a better place, where confidence in the future is assured, not questioned. This is not a time to settle!

 

We are four days away from a fresh start. Four days away from the first day of a new beginning. My conviction that better days are ahead is not based on promises and hollow rhetoric but solid plans and proven results.

 

And an unshakeable faith in the American spirit.

 

If there is anyone worried the last four years are the best we can do, if there is anyone who fears that the American dream is fading away, if there is anyone who wonders whether better jobs and better paychecks are things of the past, I have a clear and unequivocal message: with the right leadership, America will come roaring back.

 

We are Americans. We can do anything.

 

The only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we have known is lack of leadership. And that’s why we have elections.

 

This Tuesday is a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do … to put the past four years behind us and start building a new future.

 

You saw the differences when President Obama and I were side-by-side in our debates. He says it has to be this way. I say it can’t stay this way. He’s offering excuses, I’ve got a plan. He’s hoping we’ll settle. I can’t wait for us to get started.

 

Americans don’t settle. We build, we aspire, we listen to that voice inside that says, “We can do better.” A better job; a better life for our kids; a bigger, better country.

 

That better life is out there, waiting for us. Our destiny is in your hands.

 

Four more days. Four more days and we can get to work rebuilding our country, restoring our confidence and renewing our conviction. Confidence that we are on a solid path to steady improvement. Confidence that college grads four years from now will find better jobs. Confidence that the single moms working two jobs will have a shot at a better job.

 

On November 6th, we come together for a better future. And on November 7th, we’ll get to work. We’ll reach across the street to that neighbor with the other yard sign and we’ll reach across the aisle in Washington to people of good faith in the other party.

 

This is much more than our moment. It is America’s moment of renewal and purpose and optimism. We have journeyed far and wide in this great campaign for America’s future. And now we are almost home.

 

One final push will get us there. We have known many long days and short nights and now we are close.

 

The door to a brighter future is there, open, waiting for us. I need your vote, I need your help. Walk with me, walk together. Let us start anew.

 

God bless each of you and God bless the United States of America.

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Obama Special Assistant at Campaign Call Center: ‘Let’s Win This Motherf***er!’

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by The Tatler

The Blaze reports:

In a speech to a packed room of Obama for America phone bank volunteers at the Democratic National Committee headquarters Thursday night in Washington, D.C., Special Assistant to the President Kareem Dale said that people with disabilities are going to be “absolutely killed” under the proposed policies of Mitt Romney and delivered a strong message to the crowd: “let’s win this motherfu**er.”

Dale, who is himself partially blind, acts currently as the associate director for the White House Office of Public Engagement and as a special assistant to the president for disability policy.

After telling the audience that the election is all about the ground game — making calls and knocking doors — he got animated. “The work you do is incredibly important,” he said, then raising his voice into the microphone and saying “lets win this motherfu**er!”  This final comment was met with applause, cheers, and some nervous laughter from those listening.

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