The DC Morning – 10/12/10

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1.) White House and professional lefties finally agree on something — That something is how much easier it is for the two entities to rally around a lie, rather than Pres. Obama’s er, accomplishments. To whit: Last week, the White House made a big deal out of a report released by Soros-funded/Podesta-founded Think Progress, alleging that the Chamber of Commerce was using foreign money to finance American campaign ads. Even though the Chamber is not actually running for office, anywhere, the charge went viral. That is, until people began to point out that Think Progress was tossing around baseless accusations. Now, writes The Daily Caller’s Jon Ward, Pres. Obama has to talk about something else, like how the party that does not control a single branch of government is just sitting around, not fixing anything. Writes Ward: “The president’s backpedaling came as three more outlets — the Associated Press, ABC News and — all published reports dismissing the accusation. That follows a report by the New York Times on Saturday that said there was “little evidence” the Chamber was engaged in unusual or improper conduct.” And this after Obama labeled the Chamber of Commerce’s dealings “a threat to Democracy.” Like terrorism, or something.

2.) More un(der)employed Democrats turn on Obama — “More than 4 of 10 likely voters who say they once considered themselves Obama backers now are either less supportive or say they no longer support him at all,” according to a Bloomberg National Poll. “Likely voters are more apt to say Obama’s policies have harmed rather than helped the economy. Among those who say they are most enthusiastic about voting this year, 6 of 10 say the Democrat has damaged the economy.” God, we have a jobs problem? I thought we had a Rep. Joe Barton problem! Or was it a Rep. John Boehner problem? Or FOX? Or the Chamber? Gosh, based on the amount of talky time the president dedicates to bitching about people who do not agree with him, it’s totally possible that some voters might not realize there is a jobs crisis in this country! Except, of course, for the ones who voted Democrat in 2008 and now live under a bridge.

3.) Toobigtofailville sees another year of increased salaries — The same financial wizards who bet the American economy on fry cooks with half-a-million dollar variable-interest-rate mortgages (and lost) made even more money this year than they did last year, reports the Wall Street Journal. While “the estimated 2010 profit of $61.3 billion for the firms surveyed still falls about 20% short from the record $82 billion in 2006,” salaries at Hell’s top firms increased from $139 billion in 2009 to $144 billion in 2010. This actually means that salary growth is outpacing revenue increases! This is called “rewarding bad behavior.”

4.) Ray LaHood considers killing jobs with hands-free ban — “U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban,” reports Bloomberg News. “LaHood, whose campaign against texting and making calls while driving has led to restrictions in 30 states, says his concerns extend to vehicle information and entertainment systems such as Ford Motor Co.’s Sync and General Motors Co.’s OnStar.” The latter, ironically, is a lifesaving emergency response system that allows motorists to dial for help, even if they are trapped in wreckage. Does LaHood not know this? Where has the ole codger been hiding out that he does not know we are in a depression? Big Rock Candy Mountain? Remember, Ray: Banning things kills jobs.

5.) Barney Frank just wants everyone to SHUT UP (please) — Here are some things that Rep. Barney Frank actually said during a debate yesterday with Republican opponent Sean Bielat: “Can I just ask what the rules are? Can I ask what the rules are about interrupting? Mr. Bielat, please stop interrupting me. I’m not tense, but I find that the voters don’t like it when people interrupt each other. Mr. Bielat thinks complaining about interruptions is a debating tactic. It’s not. It’s really an effort to have things said that he might not like to be said. He distorts what I say.” In case you were wondering, this is what a desperate-to-keep-his-job-Frank sounds like.

6.) Bill Clinton has senior moment at Kentucky rally — At a rally yesterday for Kentucky AG Jack Conway, Pres. Bill Clinton “touted Conway’s proposals for reducing the debt and creating jobs,” while arguing that GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul “has embraced an agenda that will add a trillion dollars to the debt, not reduce the deficit and not create jobs, but let us go back to what got us in trouble in the first place.” Whaaat? Yes, says the Lexington Herald-Leader, the former president definitely seems to be exhibiting signs of dementia: “Clinton said Republicans want to cut money for air-traffic control, food-safety oversight, job training and clean-air enforcement, while pushing to keep Bush administration tax cuts that would mean a $300,000 break for people making an average of $8.5 million a year.” Um, so, yes. Spending less now leads to deficits, apparently.

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