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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

President Obama continues to root for public employees. I thought the White House said this was a local matter.

Obama continues the post-partisan era. Well, not really. At the governors' meeting his "tone was sharper and more overtly political."

Wisconsin Democrats continue their incivility festival. One might even call them "hooligans."

Like other smart Republicans, Mark McKinnon continues to educate Americans about how public unions are different than those in the private sector. A sample: "The primary purpose of public unions today, as ugly as it sounds, is to work against the financial interests of taxpayers: the more public employees are paid in wages and uncapped benefits, the less taxpayers keep of the money they earn. It's time to call an end to the privileged class. And the White House makes a mistake if it thinks it can grow a manufactured and uncivil unrest into a popular movement. Voters will not follow those who flee." Read the whole thing.

The White House continues its CBO games. James Capretta explains all about the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS) scam that was supposed to save money. "CLASS is expected by CBO to produce deficit reduction over the next ten years only because the program's rules require participants to pay premiums for five years before they become eligible for benefits. So, at startup, there is the illusion of a surplus as participants begin paying premiums but very few of them qualify for any benefits. But, very quickly, those excess premiums will be needed to liquidate the entitlement obligations that participants will be earning. It's another example of Obamacare's shameless double-counting. What's worse, the CLASS Act is a ticking entitlement time bomb." So the administration is going to rewrite CLASS -- with no congressional approval.

J Street continues to keep very strange company for a group that says it is pro-Israel. "By hosting speakers like political activist Mustafa Barghouti, a leader in the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, and Michael Sfard, who promotes lawfare cases against Israeli officials, J Street demonstrates that the term 'pro-peace' no longer applies to the organization. By opening its doors to 'one-staters' and BDS activists, the organization has been left with no relevant identity and has disappointed individuals who wanted a strong, 'center-left' voice on US-Israel-Palestinian relations."

Public opinion continues to break for the Republicans. "Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill."

By Jennifer Rubin  | March 1, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Public opinion continues to break for the Republicans. "Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill."
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Jennifer either does not read the articles she cites to, or simply hopes her readers only view her summary.

If she had read the article, she'd note that the majority of those polled, 43%, would blame both parties for a shutdown. If that is considered to be public opinion "breaking" for Republicans, then the term has no meaning.

Posted by: mustangs79 | March 1, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

J Street is desparately trying to assure everyone that they are still around and that they are.....LOL...a "player".

Ha, ha. Dennis Ross (and I am no fan of Ross) came holding his nose, zipped through a pro forma speech (with his fingers crossed behind his back) and then ran out the door as fast as he could. He reluctantly dispensed the orders given by Valerie Jarrett to take Jim Jones's place this year...and that was about it.

LOL...a player indeed.

Posted by: MartinChuzzlewit | March 1, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

".. I am no fan of Ross"

Same. The guy cares nothing about us Americans.

Posted by: mfray | March 1, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

@mustangs79 is still baffled by elementary statistics which is why he is a lefty. Harry Reid fiddles away with prostitution and patents while ignoring funding government. So, 43% blame politics, but 29% blame Reid and his Senate. That is going to work well for the ostrich in 2012.

Posted by: RickCaird | March 1, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

@mustangs79 is still baffled by elementary statistics which is why he is a lefty. Harry Reid fiddles away with prostitution and patents while ignoring funding government. So, 43% blame politics, but 29% blame Reid and his Senate. That is going to work well for the ostrich in 2012.
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Rick, my comment was as to Jennifer's misleading summary of the article, because unless I missed something, 29% is hardly an indication that public opinion is breaking to support the Republican stance.

However Rick, rather than just trying to insult me, why don't you explain how 29% support means public opinion is breaking towards Republicans? Because by my basic math skills, it would indicate that 71% of the respondents don't agree with that position.

Posted by: mustangs79 | March 1, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I thought Walker’s response to Obama’s remarks about unions was spot on:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/03/obama-vs-walker-over-public-unions/1?csp=34

//I'm sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I'm sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.

Furthermore, I'm sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.

I'm sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn't acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.//

It was civil, focused, and designed to fully capture the differences between federal and Wisconsin state workers.

Walker’s gonna have a future on the national stage if he can keep slicing the cheese like this.

Posted by: SCMike1 | March 1, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Mustang79, I think what must be clear to readers at this point is that Jennifer Rubin's MO is to preemptively declare victory for Republicans about everything, and to claim that anything that happens or will happen is good for Republicans.

SCMike1, sure the problem is that Obama doesn't understand what's happening. Must be it - Walker is highly conversant with the issues while Obama is an idiot. Got it.

Obama: A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.
Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid against the Democratic incumbent for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for United States Senate in 2004. Several events brought him to national attention during the campaign, including his victory in the March 2004 Democratic primary and his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party's nomination. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.

Walker: He enrolled at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1986.[11] During his sophomore year, he ran for president of the student government, but lost to a write-in candidate after he was cited for campaign rules violations.[6][12][13] He attended college for four years, working part-time for IBM selling warranties[13] and earning a grade point average in the C's.[14] He did not complete a degree, later explaining that once he had a good job, family took precedence over getting a degree.[4] His IBM job led to full-time position in marketing and fundraising at the American Red Cross from 1990 to 1994.

Advantage Walker, obviously.

Posted by: member8 | March 1, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

And may God Bless the Missus Jennifer Rubin for allowing me the opportunity to punch up me previous comment a bit fer the second shew! Here goes...

I like that "hooligan." It's a fun word. But I'm way too lazy and dense to attempt the full parody! Just a sample, in your best James Cagney/George M. Cohen voice:

Who is the man helped the Dems with their gad-about?
Hooligan, that's me!
Who is the man the MSM's simply mad about?
Hooligan, that's me!

H,O,O-and-LI--GAN spells Hooligan!
Proud of all the union blood that's in me,
Divil a Koch can say a word agin me.
H, O, O-and-LI--GAN you see!
Is a name that a shame
Never has been disconnected with
HOOLIGAN, that's me!

(previous version in Jennifer's blog post "Who's the hooligan?" with some DVD Extras thrown in...) And now where's that Rank Organisation Films guy with the big gong? :-)

Posted by: aardunza | March 1, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

".. I am no fan of Ross"

But there was a day when she reigned Supreme...and "Lady Sings the Blues" and "The Wiz" ain't half bad still! (Sorry, Diva Diane -- please don't look askance at me with that eye, kidding! You need all the buzz you can get, sister...)

Posted by: aardunza | March 1, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot of confusion about the CLASS Act. Here's a list of 13 facts about the program that are tucked away in the legislation:

http://bit.ly/13_Facts_About_CLASS_Act

Scott

Posted by: ScottAOlsonLTC | March 2, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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