Archive from April, 2009
13 Apr
2009
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Corporatist America

Steven Malanga has a great essay at Real Clear Markets that is a must read for anyone looking to understand how the Obama administration is looking to fundamentally change and ultimately control our economic way of life.

Obama and the Reawakening of Corporatism” rejects that Obama is merely drifting toward socialism. Instead,

it is to corporatism, the notion that elite groups of individuals molded together into committees or public-private boards can guide society and coordinate the economy from the top town and manage change by evolution, not revolution.

Either way, it is a rejection of traditional market capitalism. Read more here.

13 Apr
2009
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NY 20th CD Race Drifts Back and Forth

In the special election to fill New York’s 20th Congressional seat, the race is so close, that each and every vote can make or break it for Jim Tedisco. When we first noted it over a week ago, Tedisco was ahead by 12 votes according to The Politicker.

But on April 9, Congressional Quarterly reported that “All re-canvassing is now complete, and four counties are done counting regular absentee ballots” and “With approximately 20 percent of absentee ballots counted, Murphy…was ahead by eight votes.”

And on April 11, The Hill reported “With most of the district-wide recanvassing complete as of Friday, [Democrat Scott] Murphy leads Tedisco by 35 votes.”

Note the lack of cohesion on whether all the recanvassing had been completed or not (or even if “recanvassing” is hyphenated or not).

The counting and the confusion continues.

11 Apr
2009
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Tax Capital of America

I couldn’t say it any better than the Wall Street Journal already did.  New York is in deep, deep trouble thanks to its tax-and-spend Democratic leadership.  

10 Apr
2009
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Cap and Trade Really Means Cap and Tax

A clever post from The Heritage Foundation’s Foundry blog today:

In just over a dozen months, the global economic recession has succeeded where decades of carbon cap and trade policies have failed: reducing global carbon emissions…. No one should be surprised that a terrible economy has produced an outcome environmentalists love.

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10 Apr
2009
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A Useful Tool for Tracking Local Spending in NYS

The Empire Center for New York State Policy at the Manhattan Institute has unveiled a handy new benchmarking tool to “compare and evaluate per-capita spending and tax rates for counties, towns, cities and villages.”

The Benchmarking New York tool is easily used and quite handy. “By giving taxpayers the information they need to ask smarter questions,” said E.J. McMahon, director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy, “the Benchmarking New York database will promote a more-informed public discussion of the forces driving high local taxes in every corner of New York.”

8 Apr
2009
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Oh, SURE… Blame it on the Gremlins!

As I’m certain you’ve heard, Spitzer’s desperately attempting to be relevant after his ‘Client 9′ fiasco. Our own Brian Morgenstern discusses it right here on The Record:
http://nyyrcrecord.blogspot.com/2009/04/hes-baaaaaack.html#links

but instead of taking responsibility for one’s actions, the Former-Governor blamed…………..

the Gremlins?

Yep — and brilliantly, Sean Delonas puts in on paper for the NY Post:

Now we’ve heard some good ones… but I doubt the Gremlins would be happy to hear that. Better make sure to bring a jug to water with you to bed at night Eliot… those Gremlins are sneaky and mean!

7 Apr
2009
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Catholics Revolt Against President Obama

Michael Gerson in the Washington Post states that President Obama is becoming increasingly unpopular with Catholics showing that his disapproval ratings are up 14% and have risen 21% among non-Hispanic church members.

This is important politically for the president since, according to Pew Research, he won Catholics by 9% this year…after the George W. Bush won the same group by 5% in 2004. It looks from these recent numbers that the Democratic gain among Catholics has been lost. Gerson points out that this could prove crucial in Midwest and Southern states, which have become increasingly Catholic over the past decade.
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Remember, if you take away swing states Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Virginia, & North Carolina from President Obama, then he will be easily lose the presidency in 2012. Catholics are a crucial constituency for him and Democrats to protect, but yet they are promoting a radical agenda on the issue of abortion

Today, the United States Senate in a 56-41 vote defeated an amendment that would have allowed workers and hospitals to refrain from administering abortions if they are morally opposed to the procedure. This issue is more than being “pro-life” or “pro-choice,” but it has to do with protecting individual freedoms that were granted to all Americans under the constitution.

Forcing a person to perform a medical procedure against their moral beliefs has no place in a democracy. People who are morally opposed to abortion see it as the killing of an unborn child, and therefore disallowing the conscience clause will make these health care workers and institutions face a decision of committing what they believe is “murder” or losing their jobs. No person should be forced to administer the death penalty, euthanasia, or abortion against their will. People were given the right to religious freedom in America, which sadly may be lost for some citizens due to the policies of President Obama and Congress.

If the “conscience clause” is not upheld, Democrats will suffer the price politically and in 4 years President Obama may be fighting for his political life as he sees the very Catholics who elected him, throw him out of office. However, by that point, he will have ruined the lives of everyday health care professionals who were forced to either compromise their morals or become unemployed. If this is “change we can believe in,” then count me out.

If you would like to make you voice heard on this disturbing proposition, send a message to the Department of Health & Human Services.

6 Apr
2009
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He’s Baaaaaack

Former Governor Spitzer is testing the waters of public life again. Sometimes there is a fine line between tenacious and shameless. This is not one of those close calls. http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/spitzer-uses-economy-to-re-emerge-after-scandal-2009-04-06.html

You can (A) run for governor, or (B) purchase the services of a prostitute with your credit card and hope to get away with it. You can’t do both. I hoped that our former governor had learned that lesson.

5 Apr
2009
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Delivers Budget Address

On youtube.

One thing is for sure, we can’t keep spending more and money and expect to get out of debt! U.S. government solvency is threatened by the Obama budget.

2 Apr
2009
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TEDISCO AHEAD BY 12!!!!

Politicker is saying that Tedisco is ahead by 12 as the recanvassing goes on……….. Fingers crossed folks.

Paper ballots won’t be available until April 6th — Donate today HERE