Carbon Tax Idea Gains Wonkish Energy – Washington Wire – WSJ http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/11/13/carbon-tax-idea-gains-wonkish-energy/tab/print/ “Today the conservative American Enterprise Institute is holding an all-day, on -the-record discussion of the idea. And the Brookings Institution is unveiling a slate of new measures meant to make the government more effective, including a carbon tax that could raise $1.5 trillion over ten years. All that follows a cascade of carbon -tax advocacy in recent days from the chattering classes and a slate of academic work over the summer (not to mention our own two cents ). The idea of a carbon tax is simple: Put a price tag on the harmful emissions from fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, and use the revenues to fund clean -energy development, pay down the deficit or slash taxes. Proponents often describe it as a win-win-win policy, because carbon taxes would penalize things that are bad (pollution) and lower taxes on things that are good (labor and capital). ….“The time seems ripe for this discussion. The president is committed both to raising tax revenue and to dealing with climate change. A carbon tax kills two birds with one stone,” said Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard economist who advised the Romney campaign and has long pushed for more efficient taxation, including a carbon tax. The Brookings proposal would impose a $20 fee on each ton of carbon, raising an average of $150 billion per year over a decade. Congress and the president would have to decide exactly how to use the money. Research by MIT and Brookings suggests that business -related tax breaks, whether corporate taxes or taxes on investment, would provide the biggest boost to economic growth and job creation”…. RRD: First the “Conservative” Heritage foundation essentially proposes Romneycare ,then Bill Kristol urges tax increases,now a Romney adviser wants to do Obama’s work for him in finishing off what is left of our freedom & our economy. Oh,& the AEI may wish to pitch in. I voted for Romney but if you wish to see WHY many did not, it was not out of indifference to our country but fear that the Republican,Romney,would essentially do the same thing to our country.
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Unbelievable! NRCC Fundraises Off of Decision, Agrees It Wasn’t the Court’s Role to Defend the US Constitution – The Rush Limbaugh Show
“Now, if in predicting what the court was going to do, we could have been permitted or allowed to conjure up any possibility like the law doesn’t matter? Well, maybe somebody would have predicted this. So I’ve got this fundraising letter here from the NRCC (the National Republican Congressional Committee): “Friend, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote yesterday, ‘It’s not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.’ He’s right. You may disagree with his decision to uphold Obamacare, but his point still stands. It’s up to us to get rid of Obamacare by defeating Obama and the House Democrats. So what are you going to do?”
And they ask for three bucks.”
RRD:It would be unwise for the RNC to send someone to my home with this sneering message:”Now you’ve no choice to vote for Romney”.
You see it tends to fuel these conspiracy theories that the GOP made a deal with Roberts to herd us like lemmings after Romney.That and the silly notion that the GOP is playing us for suckers.
Don’t let it go unheard #objectivist ( #aynrand )podcast:DOD bans criticism of Islam while Egytian pres. wants to conquer Jerusalem #tcot #jcot
Don’t Let It Go Unheard 06/24 by amypeikoff | Blog Talk Radio
….”PLANNED TOPICS: Just as a Muslim Brotherhood candidate wins the Egyptian Presidency, and his supporters call for a renewed drive to establish an Islamic Caliphate with Jerusalem as its capital, here in the U.S. our Department of Defense suspends a military instructor for including, in a course, material that crticizes Islam. Why you should vote for me (or yourself) instead of Gary Johnson. Disturbing evidence of Obama’s desperation to win. And more.”….
Disclaimer:Reposting does not imply agreement.(Nor does it constitute a political endorsement of Mitt Romney).
Dear Romney & MSM;No it really is not “racist” to condemn Obama for his voluntary association with a anti-american & anti-Israel & #antisemitic hate monger #tcot #jcot
Romney moves swiftly to rule out anti-Wright ad (+video) – CSMonitor.com
….”Republican Romney pushed back against a proposal being weighed by a conservative super PAC,Ending Spending Action Fund, to run a $10 million ad campaign drawing attention to racially provocative sermons Wright delivered at a church Obama attended in Chicago . But with super PACS operating under significantly looser campaign finance restrictions than in past presidential contests, there was no guarantee Romney’s words would be heeded by other groups eager to make Wright — and, by extension, race — a factor in the campaign.
“I want to make it very clear: I repudiate that effort,” Romney told reporters after a campaign stop in Florida. “I think it’s the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign. I hope that our campaigns can be respectively about the future and about issues and about vision for America.”…
…” there was no guarantee Romney’s words would be heeded by other groups eager to make Wright — and, by extension, race — a factor in the campaign”…
How is condemning a candidate for freely choosing to associate with a rabidly anti-american,anti-Israel & anti-semitic hate monger “racism” CSM?
This racism smear is like the ”Emperor’s New Clothes”,all it takes to blast it to bits is to ask:How is it racism to condemn a man for statements that anyone,black or white,would be condemned for?
But neither Mccain then,nor Romney now,will say such things because they both cower before the MSM & their Rockefeller Republican Strategists.
Say such things?!
They denounce those who do!
I however,am not terribly concerned with what Romney says about me,(or what he says about anything else.)
A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith – NYTimes.com
JODI KANTOR Published: April 30, 2007
”On the Sunday after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Wright said the attacks were a consequence of violent American policies. Four years later he wrote that the attacks had proved that “people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just ‘disappeared’ as the Great White West went on its merry way of ignoring Black concerns.”
”While Mr. Obama stated his opposition to the Iraq war in conventional terms, Mr. Wright issued a “War on Iraq I.Q. Test,” with questions like, “Which country do you think poses the greatest threat to global peace: Iraq or the U.S.?”
Israpundit » Blog Archive » Jeremiah Wright’s Endorsement of Barack Obama
Jeremiah Wrights own War in Iraq IQ Test(http://www.cfba.info/iq/index.html as of March 12 2008)
41. Q: How many UN resolutions did Israel violate by 1992? A: Over 65
42. Q: How many UN resolutions on Israel did America veto between 1972 and 1990? A: 30+
43. Q: How much does the U.S. fund Israel a year? A:$5 billion
44. Q: How many countries are known to have nuclear weapons ? A: 8
45. Q: How many nuclear warheads has Iraq got ? A: 0
46. Q: How many nuclear warheads has US got ? A: Over 10,000
47. Q: Which is the only country to use nuclear weapons ? A: The US
48. Q: How many nuclear warheads does Israel have ? A: Over 400
49. Q: Has Israel ever allowed UN weapon inspections? A: No
50. Q: What percentage of the Palestinian territories are controlled by Israeli settlements ? A: 42%
51. Q: Is Israel illegally occupying Palestinian land? A: Yes
52. Q: Which country do you think poses the greatest threat to global peace: Iraq or the U.S.A: ????”
RRD:Oh,& here is The Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s speech in which he calls upon God to damn America ”for killing innocent children”,& denounces us for our support of Israel’s ”state terrorism against the Palestinians”.This is the FULL sermon,in context,as opposed to the “snippets” of Fox.
Watching the full sermon is different in one way;in the “snippets” we are not shown Wright grieving over the murder victims of 9/11,in the “snippets” Wright seems to be celebrating the atrocity.
The full video is somewhat less damning,but to conservatives and moderates only somewhat.
Whereas in the “snippets” Wright comes off as a demon celebrating murder,in the full clip he comes off as a deluded “blame America Firster” smearing the U.S. Government & Israel.
Your reaction to the full clip will of course depend on your worldview.
If you are a leftist (or Libertarian), of the sort who sees America as the ”bully of the world”,then no doubt what Wright has said will strike you as ”just common sense”.
Since,however,America does not,in fact,deserve damnation(neither does Israel) & since many people do understand this,they will respond differently to this garbage.
FOX Lies!! The real sermon given by Pastor Wright – YouTube
Then in 2009:
Rev. Jeremiah Wright apologizes about blaming “them Jews” for keeping him from Obama – Lynn Sweet
….”In the case of Wright, his latest remarks about Jews once again put him in the news. In an interview with David Squires, a columnist from the Newport News, Va. Daily Press, Wright blamed “them Jews” for keeping him from talking to President Obama.
“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright said. “I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office.” He added: “They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. I said from the beginning. He’s a politician, I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”….
Wright, discussing his comments with Sirius/XM radio’s host Mark Thompson on “Make it Plain,” may have thought he issued a clarification –certainly to me no apology –but only added to the damage.
Said Wright, “I’m not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I’m talking about Zionists… I’m talking about facts, historical facts. I’m not talking about emotionally charged words.
“They can jump on that phrase if they want to,” he said, “but they can’t undo history and they can’t undo the fact of Jewish historians and Jewish theologians who write about what’s going on.”
On Friday, the Daily Press reported that Wright posted a statement on his Facebook page.
Wrote Wright, “I am extremely disturbed and deeply saddened that once again my comments as reflected in the June 10, 2009, Daily Press article has resurfaced a divisive debate about my relationship with President Barack Obama. I love President Obama as my son, and support and honor him as the President of the United States of America and leader of the free world. I apologize to the Jewish community and all others who were offended by the way in which I framed my comments. I misspoke. I meant no harm or ill-will to the American Jewish community or the Obama Administration. My great respect for the Jewish faith and the foundational (and central) part of my Judeo Christian tradition are unquestionable, and I pray that all whom I have hurt accept my sincerest apology”
The refusal to condemn Wright for his evil is itself evil,and –when done by Republicans– it is craven cowardice.
It is to say that we cannot condemn a unjust,immoral man because he is a African-American.
It is perverse to implicitly concede the justness of Wright’s outrageous libels & to welcome this garbage into the ”mainstream”(or mainsewer) while denouncing those who rightly condemn him,as being beyond the pale.
It is yet another pathetic example of the Republicans–in their craven cowardice–giving the enemy a victory that they could never achieve on their own.
Gingrich insists republican primary isn’t over
RRD:What’s interesting to me are the comments below the piece linked to above.Despite the Establishment and the news media’s efforts to hypnotize people into voting for Romney(“You will vote for Romney,you will vote for Romney..),there remain a significant portion of the electorate who really have no intention of voting for him or supporting him,no matter how many others do,and no amount of treating their support as a fait accompli will alter that.
Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee. Now what? – The Washington Post
….”Find somewhere to break with conservatives: Romney will not lose this election because the base isn’t excited about him. (They aren’t but they dislike President Obama so much it should make up for any doubts they retain about Romney.) He will lose the election because voters in the political center viewed him as too much a creature of the ideological right for them to vote for. (In a recent Gallup/USA Today poll of 12 swing states, Romney trailed Obama by nine points among independents .)
What Romney needs to change that dynamic is a public break from the far ideological right of his party, a, for lack of a better description, “Sister Souljah” moment. He needs to prove to independents that he is not in the pocket of the tea party wing of the GOP, which, while it clearly helped Republicans win back the House in 2010, appears to be turning into something of a net negative in 2012.
Romney’s best (recent) opportunity to do just that came in the furor set off by Rush Limbaugh’s comments about a female Georgetown Law School student named Sandra Fluke . He passed on that chance — likely due to concerns about inflaming the conservative base right at the moment when the nomination seemed won (or close to it).
Now that Romney is the close-to -unquestioned nominee, he needs to find something to put a bit of distance between himself and the party’s right. And the sooner the better.”….
RRD:So Romney needs to denounce the very people whom he will need to win in 2012,since they will support him no matter what he says or does.Or as Mike Murphy once put it:the base will vote for a bag of cement so long as it has a R or D after it.The fact that most of the base of the GOP has frantically tried to find someone,almost anyone,other than Mitt Romney to be their candidate,is all the more reason to alienate and enrage these people,since the more feces you throw at them the more energized they will be to fight for you.
Just so that we are clear:the path to victory for Republicans is this:
1.Nominate someone hated by the base.
2.Take positions to the LEFT of the independents you are wooing.
3.Spit in the faces of the people whom you will need to go door to door for you,so as to get the votes of those undecideds who may never even decide who to vote for.(Who will put up your signs?Blank out.How can you motivate people to support a candidate who spits on your values?”You’ll do something Mr.Rearden”)
4.At one and the same time that you are spitting on your supporters to get the votes of those who aren’t your supporters,you must also abstain from attacking your enemies,lest the independents dislike you.Do this even as you are smeared day in and day out,since the Independents hate it when Republicans(but never Democrats) run negative campaigns.Indeed,praise your opponent,denounce those who criticize him justly,say,(like Mccain),that he is “a good man”,and that “we have nothing to fear from his presidency”.
When “they pull a knife”,instead of “pulling a gun”,pull a flower and give it to your enemies,and a knife to stab your supporters in the back.
In short “loveth your enemies and hateth your friends”.
Aren’t you glad we have such intellectual titans advising the Republicans.Of course the Post writer knows that this is a path to suicide,that is why he is encouraging Romney to pursue this course.
The question is will Romney listen?
Perhaps not to the Post,but will he listen to his own moronic advisers?
Republicans do not win by spitting on their base,they win by energizing their base.
Democrats win by pretending to be centrists or Conservatives.Republicans win by running on Conservative Positions,by promising to cut taxes,& by attacking their opponents as tax & spend liberals who are weak on defense(which they are).
No Republican since Reagan has ever won by alienating his base and following the G.H.W.Bush-Dole-Mccain path to defeat.
But Robert could Romney win if he promised to dismantle the welfare state?
No,but he needn’t ”distance himself” from the Teaparty either.The Teaparty is a loose-nit group of fiscal conservatives & Obamacare opponents.
Rather than attack and alienate the Teaparty,if he is intelligent, he should say something along the lines of the folowing:
“I don’t endorse or agree with everything said by anyone and everyone in the Teaparty,and of course there are evil people in every group,but the Individuals who make up the Teaparty,by and large,are our husbands and wives,sisters & brothers,fathers and sons,and mothers and daughters.
The animating ideas & principles of the Tea Party are:a love of the Constitution,concern with out of control spending,fear of higher taxes,and opposition to having the government tell us how to live our lives through laws such as Obamacare.
Now if the Teaparty stands for these things,(and it does),what then do their opponents stand for?
Do they hate the Constitution?We know that Newsweek published a picture of the Constitution being put through a paper shredder.Are they tax and spend liberals?Do they support having the Government micro-manage our lives?The answer to the latter two questions has been given to us by this administration over the past four years.No,I am not running against the teaparty,I AM running against Barack Obama.”
This is what any sane Republican would say.
But of course Romney will not say any of these things.The reason he will not say these things is not because they will not work,it is because the Rockefeller Republican Strategists,who are advising Romney DO NOT WANT IT TO WORK.
They want to win on their own terms,or not at all.
In saying that I do not mean to imply that they are unwilling to win by saying things that they do not believe in,or that they are unwilling to win by supporting politicians that they don’t agree with.
That would be admirable.
But they have already been deceptive when they claim that they ”just want to win”.
Were they interested in winning,really winning,they would study Reagan’s campaign,& they would study G.W.Bush’s campaign.
Yet instead they pretend that history consists of ”extremists” like Goldwater & Mcgovern losing to ”centrists” like LBJ & Nixon.
When educated men and women continue to ignore reality,when they continue to ignore the fact that their strategy has been tried and has failed with G.H.W.Bush,with Bob Dole and with John Mccain,then it is reasonable to conclude that they really are not “just interested in winning”.
They are interested in winning in a manner that will let them still be loved by liberals.
They are interested in winning in a manner that will let them keep their liberal friends.They are interested in winning in a manner that will garner them praise from the MSM for being “kindler,gentler,Republicans”.
They wish to eat their cake and still have it remain after they eat it.
While the left is waging a battle to the death for the soul of this country,it is the Rockefeller Republicans who gave us Ford,who lost to Carter,G.H.W.Bush & Dole who both lost to Clinton,and who gave us John Mccain,a war hero,who managed to lose to a student of Saul Alinsky.
Such is the “practicality” of the dogma that elections are “won from the center”.
By Contrast,only one Conservative,Barry Goldwater,ran on Conservatism & lost,and he lost in large part because of his own foolish statements about using Nuclear Weapons in Vietnam,and because the country had not yet seen the effects of LBJ’s so-called “war on poverty”.
But to return to the original question;will Romney follow the path of Reagan-G.W.Bush,or of G.H.W.Bush-Dole-Mccain.
Let me put it this way:
I have a vision that keeps running through my head over & over again:It is a image of a stadium with mostly empty seats,except for a few places scattered here and there.The seats with people are populated mostly by people who are not only physically old,but who LOOK old,spiritually.Old,spent,tired looking people with expressions of bovine indifference.
People who will occasionally hold up a sign for a few seconds & then put it away wearily.The signs tout ”progressivism”,& praise ”green jobs”,and speak about “saving the earth” from Global Warming.
People there speak of the nobility of govenrment service & the evil of money making.
They boast about how their candidate opposed the Bush tax cuts and fought for a cleaner earth.
It was the 2008 Republican Convention.
I suspect that the 2012 Republican Convention will look very similiar to it with some modifications.We will probably hear about “Progressive Federalism”,”responsibility conservatism”,”Environmentalist Conservatism”.etc.
So,no I think that 2012 will be another train wreck.But it won’t be the end of the Republican Establishment.No matter what happens Conservatives will blamed,and the mantra will be that the Republican party is too conservative,too “ideological”,that Romney was,in essence,too good for us.Someday Conservatives may get it into their heads that insanity is defined as committing the same mistake over and over again,supporting RINOS,just this once,just to get through this one election,and then expecting a different result.
You won’t get it.
Riehl World View: Romney Embraces Huckabee And So Begins The GOP’s War On Traditional Conservatism
The American Spectator : Huckabee Stars in RINO Radio
Mike Huckabee opens up on Obama – Dylan Byers and MJ Lee – POLITICO.com
Local News | Maurice Clemmons, man wanted for questioning, has troubling criminal history | Seattle Times Newspaper
Lakewood Police Shooting and Mike Huckabee – Yahoo! Voices Mobile
Dump the Huck – Article – National Review Online
RRD:Frankly while I’m glad Dan Riehl and Jeffrey Lord are giving us the heads up,I think that they are overly concerned.
First Romney appearing on Huckabee means very little,he has appeared on Hannity;appearing on a program does not make you part of a anti-Rush plot.Second,it’s the Dickey brothers company,if they wish to destroy it that’s their business,far be it from me to tell them how to destroy their own company.
Rush will survive them so long as men are free to speak without being censored.And censoring him would provoke a backlash the likes of which media matters cannot even dream of.
Cracks emerge in Santorum’s evangelical support | The Raw Story
…“Rick’s a good friend. I like Rick a lot,” Land told CBS “Face the Nation” program on Sunday.
But, Land said, “as his friend I would say to him, ‘you know, you ought to seriously consider leaving the race now.’”…
RRD:Please note that I have excluded stories put out by Conservative,or Republican Establishment mouthpieces.
Note also that this list only covers about the past week.
There are two reasons that the MSM wants Santorum gone,(and no,concern for the GOP isn’t one,& concern about the damage Santorum does to his reputation if he does not make a “graceful exit” isn’t the other).
1.They hate Santorum
2.They wish to ensure that if worst comes to worst,and Obama is defeated,that his legacy remains intact.And finally they see it as a opportunity to entrench Liberalism in the GOP.
Cracks emerge in Santorum’s evangelical support | The Raw Story
Rick Santorum edges toward the embarrassment zone – The Washington Post
Rick Santorum’s Pennsylvania primary problem – POLITICO.com
What’s Rick Santorum’s exit strategy – er plan to prevail? – CSMonitor.com
Santorum moves fuel predictions he will exit – Boston.com
Will Kentucky’s Republican presidential primary matter? | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com
Santorum fights speculation his race has been run – TheHill.com