Grover Norquist debunks the idea Obama was the big winner in the lame duck. "For two years the Democrats refused to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for any American. The size of the Obama humiliation in passing the two-year extension of 2001 and 2003 was not just the tax cut for higher-income Americans. It was the whole bill. He spent two years - as did Reid and Pelosi - not extending it for anyone. And Obama swallowed cutting the death tax from 55% to 35%.The big enchilada that Obama, Reid and Pelosi fought for, demanded and lost was a $1.2 trillion omnibus crammed with 6,000+ corrupt earmarks. They were stopped and all the corrupt pork now sits on the side of the road rotting."
A bipartisan group decries religious intolerance in the Middle East. "Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are fervently pressing the White House to stem mounting attacks on Christians in Iraq."
Bill Kristol spots the New York Times denouncing overspending by the states. "I must have missed the many Times editorials over recent decades condemning such overspending. But no matter. What a concession! Not just a few years of overspending--decades! For surely if there have been decades of overspending, there need to be serious cuts in or elimination of many programs that have ballooned in recent decades--not just some spending trims, or returns to (say) 2009 or 2008 levels. So, Govs. Christie and Daniels and Kasich--and Cuomo--and all the rest, go for it. Cut the size and scope of state government. Make up for decades of liberal big government welfare state overspending. And when criticized, cite the New York Times."
Bob Woodward derides the idea that we've got our act together on Afghanistan war strategy, remarking on Joe Biden's declaration that troops will be out by 2014, no matter what. "Does your head spin? Yes, it does, because--what they've told us is the beginning of the end of the war is July of next year and the end of the war is 2014. What they haven't told us is how they're going to do it. And how it will work. And there still is this disconnect between Obama and his White House and the military about where this is going." Yikes.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) demolishes the notion (put forth by David Brooks and others) that we're really not at a critical fiscal juncture. "What most of America doesn't understand is if we don't put our house in order, we are going to look like Greece or Ireland or even Spain and Italy, which are coming, or even maybe ultimately Japan. And so, time is of the essence for us. And you're seeing economists around the world starting to worry about whether or not we're going to make the substantive changes to austerity that we need to make in our country to correct our course and to create the confidence that we don't wind up like in Ireland."
Deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon denigrates the Palestinians self-declaration of statehood. "Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon has compared recognition of a Palestinian state to using the "like" button on Facebook, writing in his personal blog last week that "the state of Facebook is more real than the state of Palestine."
Robert Gibbs deflates the hopes of the left, once again. "On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked when Gitmo was going to be closed, as the two-year deadline for the president's initial closure promise nears. 'It's going to be a while before that prison closes' he told CNN's 'State of the Union.'" Translation: not until the last detainee dies of old age.
Arianna Huffington denies she's "leftwing." You can see the degree clarity and honesty promoted by the No Labels crowd. (None.)
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