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."
| March 1, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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