The dust from the Ames Straw Poll continues to settle, and the outflow from a big weekend in politics is decidedly worth a gander, with news on Texas Governor Rick Perry, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and even President Barack Obama.
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, created by the Budget Control Act of 2011, has powers never before given to a single group in Congress. The question is: Will this Joint Committee have the political muscle — or the will — to make substantial changes to the national deficit?
Last week, NAACP President Ben Jealous, in Los Angeles to address the group’s 102nd annual convention, railed against voter ID laws, claiming that efforts to ensure ballots are not cast fraudulently are racist. According to Jealous, voter ID laws are among “the last existing legal pillars of Jim Crow” and are pressed by “the worst and most racist elements” among conservatives.
The United States Department of Agriculture knew a dangerous form of salmonella was present at a Cargill, Inc. turkey plant but did not inform the company until after one person died and 77 others were sickened by the bacteria. Cargill and the USDA announced the recall of ground turkey from the Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., on Aug. 3. It was the third-largest meat recall in history and involved 36 million pounds of ground turkey.
Gold’s explosive move to new nominal heights reflects more than an expansion of the European sovereign debt crisis and Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt. It also reflects the expectation of massive liquidity injections — in the U.S., in Europe and around the world — to pay off the massive debts that have been accumulated.
You might have missed it amid the roar of Democratic rage over the past couple weeks, but super-liberal activist Ralph Nader suggested Obama might face a challenger in 2012, saying: “I would guess that the chances of there being a challenge to Obama in the primary are almost 100 percent.”
The meme of the week, that the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ sovereign credit rating was caused by the Tea Party, is absurd. First, S&P and its rating system are irrelevant. This is the same ratings agency that gave A ratings to Lehman Brothers and other teetering banks right before they crashed and burned in 2008.
I must admit, as appalling as I find most of what the Democrats pass off as political rhetoric, I do enjoy when they start repeating talking points in perfect unison. Witness, if you will, the aftermath of Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade America’s credit rating from AAA to AA+. Liberals immediately blamed the fiscal fail on the Tea Party in specific and the GOP in general.
A woman in South Carolina is facing a jury trial for choosing to decorate her truck with an object that the local police chief believes is obscene. I feel that obscenity laws are like the Federal government’s own proverbial gateway drugs: First it makes obscenity laws, then there is systemic censorship, then the Constitution is being rewritten to leave out the 1st Amendment altogether.
Representative Gabby Giffords made a miraculous recovery and retook her place among her colleagues in a remarkably short span, and Democratic mouthpiece Chris Matthews celebrated her return to the House floor by resurrecting the rhetoric of “conservatives = terrorists.”