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Deficit news (in case you missed it)
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Deficit news (in case you missed it)

Last week, the Administration leaked news of a reduced 2009-2010 budget deficit estimate (even though the reduction was basically smoke and mirrors) during a mid-week morning.  Then they tried to bury the real news of the week, that the 10-year budget estimate is actually being increased by more than 25% to over $9 trillion.  No, that’s not a typo.

08/25/2009
Book Review: "Liberal Fascism" by Jonah Goldberg
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Book Review: "Liberal Fascism" by Jonah Goldberg

I owe Jonah Goldberg an apology.

08/24/2009
Matt Kibbe on ABC's Top Line
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Matt Kibbe on ABC's Top Line

Watch Matt Kibbe discuss health care reform on the Aug. 14 edition of ABC's Top Line:    

08/21/2009
Dems' health care spinning driving themselves into the ground
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Dems' health care spinning driving themselves into the ground

On Saturday and Sunday, the Obama Adminstration was backing away from a “public option”.  By Tuesday, they were in full-scale retreat.

08/21/2009
Take part in a special town hall meeting next week and make sure your voice is heard!
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Take part in a special town hall meeting next week and make sure your voice is heard!

The Smart Solutions Town Hall Meeting (The Town Hall Meeting for the Rest of Us) Wednesday, August 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Salem First Baptist Church 395 Marion St NE, Salem Do you feel there has to be other alternatives and solutions to health care reform than just the massive spending and government takeover proposed by President Obama and the Democrats?

08/21/2009
Obama: Be 'ambassadors' for truth
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Obama: Be 'ambassadors' for truth

BY Jeanne Cummings

Amid White House concerns that it’s losing the message war on both its left and right fronts, President Obama on Thursday tried to rally his grass-roots army to regain momentum and redefine the battle for health care reform. In a conference call with Organizing For America activists, the 13-million-strong grass-roots wing of his machine, Obama told supporters they must battle misinformation being spread by opponents of his plan, such as claims that the bills in Congress would cover illegal immigrants or amount to a government takeover of health care.  “Now, come on. We can have a real debate because health care’s hard and there are some legitimate issues out there that have to be sorted through and worked on,” Obama said. “The best ambassadors for true information, factual information is all of you. You have more credibility than anybody on television when it comes to your family members and your friends and your neighbors and that’s why you being involved is so important,” Obama told supporters. For many Democratic activists, Tuesday call raised the question: What took the White House so long? “I have no explanation for this,” said Joe Trippi, a supporter of the Obama plan and grass-roots activism expert. “I cannot figure out why they didn’t start the mobilization effort earlier and why it does appear that the right got the jump on it.” Conservative attacks about rationing and “death panels," however, are only half of the White House’s problems. In recent days, Obama’s own liberal base — and their powerful talk-show host allies — have opened a new front by attempting to define health care reform as the creation of a government-run insurance program. Without a so-called "public option," it’s not real reform, they argue — even as White House officials have said that while a public plan is "the preferred option," its not "the essential element" of a successful plan. The dual fronts have left the normally silver-tongued Obama administration nearly stuttering with frustration. Asked about if the White House had failed to effectively galvanize its base, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Wednesday opened his answer with: “Well, again, I'd — I think I would dispute the beginning characterization. I think, again, particularly at the events that you saw the president do, I don't — I don't think you noticed a lack of support for providing health care reform among those that were outside of the president's events,” he said. This isn’t the first time that the Obama machine has been ambushed in a message war by the opposition. In the administration’s earliest debate over a stimulus bill, the White House messaging machine seemed to be humming along — until the Republicans found a wayward provision related to abortions and used their own powerful talk show host allies to begin driving down public support for the economic recovery package. In that case, the president managed to slug his way through the rough patch and go on to win. The White House now needs a similar turnaround to preserve his chief domestic policy — and his supporters are anxiously awaiting the plan. Ahead of the call, Organizing for America’s Pennsylvania Director Elizabeth Lucas said she hoped to hear the president’s take on the situation and to “talk about some strategy.” It’s not that Obama’s grass-roots army has been standing idle. Jeremy Bird, the organization’s deputy national director, can tick off a host of behind-the-scenes accomplishments: More than 1.5 million people have taken more than 3 million actions — including canvassing, phone banking and hosting local events — to promote the president’s plan.

08/20/2009
Cap-and-Trade attacked again...from the left
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Cap-and-Trade attacked again...from the left

Even some of those who have bought into the hoax of man-made global warming are calling the Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax bill what it is: A complete debacle full of pork and redistribution of wealth that stands no chance of making a measurable change in climate. The latest attack on the bill comes from former Senator Tim Wirth (D-CO), a true believer in cap-and-trade in principle but an opponent of the bill passed by the House.

08/20/2009
Leadership Program of the Rockies application deadline August 31
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Leadership Program of the Rockies application deadline August 31

My favorite Colorado organization by far is the Leadership Program of the Rockies. I went through the Program several years ago, learned a lot, made many great connections and, more importantly, lasting friendships.

08/18/2009
Conservative: Dems looking 'schizophrenic' on reform
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Conservative: Dems looking 'schizophrenic' on reform

The following appeared today in CNN's political ticker:WASHINGTON (CNN) — The president of a conservative group accused of "astroturfing" the recent protests at congressional town halls suggested Tuesday that a rift is showing in the Democratic Party on health care reform.

08/18/2009
Hollywood Tells Consumers What They Can Do with Their DVDs
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Hollywood Tells Consumers What They Can Do with Their DVDs

Last week, RealDVD, a product that allows consumers to download a copy of legally purchased DVDs, was dealt a setback when a court granted a preliminary injunction against the sale of the software.  Judge Marilyn Hall Patel—famous for the ruling that killed Napster—issued the injunction that will keep RealDVD off the market until a copyright infringement case against RealDVD is heard by the courts.  The Hollywood studios filed the suit against RealDVD, making clear their assertion that they not only control content, but also how that content is distributed.  Unlike the many illegal DVD decrypters available on the internet, RealDVD does not remove copyright protections and in fact adds an additional layer of protection to assure that no more than a single copy of the DVD can be downloaded to a hard drive.  Nonetheless, according to Judge Patel, RealDVD violated the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), leaving consumers in a world where it is legal to copy music from a cd to an MP3 player, but it remains illegal for consumers to back up copies of legally purchased DVDs.  The DMCA has turned into a tool for protecting the market share of monopolists, overriding arguments of fair use to the detriment of consumers, competition, and innovation.  For more on the RealDVD issue, see FreedomWorks Foundation’s Issue Analysis “Hollywood vs. Consumers.”

08/18/2009

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