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Opiate of the Elites
Weekly Standard, by Vincent J. Cannato

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 2/3/2014 9:06:20 PM

After the 2012 election, Mitt Romney’s loss prompted questions about the future of conservatism. A year later, the ongoing drama of Obamacare’s failures has seen similar concerns voiced regarding the future of liberalism. So what, exactly, do we mean when we talk about “liberalism”? Conservatives used to equate it with the New Deal and Great Society, with the social and cultural liberalism of the late 1960s mixed in. Recently, conservatives have dug deeper and found a different foundation for modern liberalism: the Progressive movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The assault on progressivism started with the writings

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RUSH: Last Friday I had in a sound bite roster a bite from Nancy Pelosi on the Jon Stewart show that I didn´t get it to, and I really should have, because folks, it says everything we need to know about these people. Nancy Pelosi goes on The Daily Show, and Jon Stewart is asking her question after question after question, and she says, "I don´t know. I don´t know." He can´t believe it. Gotta understand, now, to set this up. Pelosi is a goddess to people on the left, and people on the left look at their leftist politicians

   

 

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Opiate of the Elites
Weekly Standard, by Vincent J. Cannato    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:06:20 PM     Post Reply
After the 2012 election, Mitt Romney’s loss prompted questions about the future of conservatism. A year later, the ongoing drama of Obamacare’s failures has seen similar concerns voiced regarding the future of liberalism. So what, exactly, do we mean when we talk about “liberalism”? Conservatives used to equate it with the New Deal and Great Society, with the social and cultural liberalism of the late 1960s mixed in. Recently, conservatives have dug deeper and found a different foundation for modern liberalism: the Progressive movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The assault on progressivism started with the writings

The Heart of Liberalism
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:03:28 PM     Post Reply
I haven’t read Fred Siegel’s new book yet, but there’s a really interesting review of it in The Weekly Standard by my friend (and occasional NR contributor) Vin Cannato. He writes: The assault on progressivism started with the writings of people associated with the Claremont Institute, like political scientist Ronald Pestritto, and reached a wider audience with Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism (2007). These writers explain how “progressives” turned away from older notions of individualism and believed that the Constitution was an increasingly archaic document in a modern industrial world. Progressives looked admiringly at Germany and other strong European states and built

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Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:56:15 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare got a boost from current and former National Football League players on Super Bowl Sunday after the White House sent suggested language for laudatory tweets to a representative of the league’s players union. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo earned a retweet from the White House after telling his followers, “don’t forget you can affordable [sic] healthcare at healthcare.gov.” That was the last in a series of tweets composed by Ayanbadejo about Healthcare.gov. Other messages were more grammatical, containing language copied directly from an email sent by Kyle Lierman, a liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, that encouraged players

Let’s Move? Fat Chance
National Review Online, by Alec Torres    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:46:33 PM     Post Reply
Has First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign actually reduced childhood obesity rates? That’s a $4.5 billion question whose answer appears to be “No.” Immediately after announcing that he would “take steps without legislation . . . wherever and whenever I can” in last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama touted First Lady Michelle Obama’s four-year-old Let’s Move campaign as a seemingly unobjectionable and efficacious example of a primarily executive effort that benefits the American people. “Michelle’s Let’s Move partnership with schools, businesses, and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years,”

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National Journal, by Shane Goldmacher    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:44:58 PM     Post Reply
Members of Congress and their aides took more free trips around the world in 2013 than in any year since new restrictions were put in place after the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal. The website LegiStorm, which compiles congressional travel records, said Monday that lawmakers and their staffs took a combined 1,887 free trips last year for a total cost of almost $6 million. That amount is more than double the sum private groups spent on congressional trips in 2008, the first full year that the tightened travel rules of 2007 went into effect. The total number of trips has bounded upward by

   

 

  


 
If You Liked Health Reform,
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:32:57 PM     Post Reply
Entitlements: ObamaCare is already a fiscal nightmare for the country. Now Democrats, and even some Republicans, want to expand it to ruinous levels by making 12 million illegals eligible for subsidies. Adding these largely poor immigrants to the state health exchanges and Medicaid rolls threatens to explode the $2 trillion cost of ObamaCare by another $210 billion to $300 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Senate Budget Committee. The Congressional Budget Office, moreover, estimates the Senate immigration bill would boost federal health spending by $112 billion over the next decade as more people take advantage of Medicaid, Medicare and

Skid Roe
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:27:18 PM     Post Reply
"The abortion rate in the United States dropped to its lowest point since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in all 50 states, according to a study suggesting that new, long-acting contraceptive methods are having a significant impact in reducing unwanted pregnancies," the Washington Post reports, leaping to conclusions right in the lead paragraph. The impulse behind that leap is understandable. Journalists are attracted to cause-and-effect explanations because they make storytelling easier, and in this case the causal explanation bolsters the cause of the group doing the study: the Alan Guttmacher Institute, research arm of Planned Parenthood. Guttmacher´s data, we should note,

GOP Could Blow 2014 Election
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Invsetor´s Business Daily, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:25:46 PM     Post Reply
Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically as the problems of ObamaCare continue to escalate, and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate. But Democrats may not need to worry so much. Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory. The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty that is virtually certain to lose votes among the Republican base and

The Dark Side of the
War on ´the One Percent´
Wall Street Journal, by Ruth R. Wisse    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:23:33 PM     Post Reply
Two phenomena: anti-Semitism and American class conflict. Is there any connection between them? In a letter to this newspaper, the noted venture capitalist Tom Perkins called attention to certain parallels, as he saw them, between Nazi Germany´s war against the Jews and American progressives´ war on the "one percent." For comparing two such historically disparate societies, Mr. Perkins was promptly and heatedly denounced. But is there something to be said for his comparison—not of Germany and the United States, of course, but of the politics at work in the two situations? The place to begin is at the starting point: with

A Smidgen Of Baloney
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:21:50 PM     Post Reply
Scandal: President Obama told Fox News´ Bill O´Reilly that the IRS targeting of dissidents had not a "smidgen of corruption." In light of rafts of evidence it happened, his dismissal of such an abuse of power is disingenuous at best. In a contentious interview with O´Reilly, President Obama claimed the Internal Revenue Service´s targeting of political dissidents he´d earlier blasted as enemies had "not even a smidgen of corruption" about it. Perhaps his denial is an indirect admission that what happened wasn´t pocket-lining, but an actual purge, but we think he understood very well that an impartial federal agency has no business

   

 

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The average age of Fox News viewers is
68 and a majority of them are politically
conservative and white
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Alexandra Klausner    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/2/2014 10:18:21 PM     Post Reply
According to Nielsen TV data through mid-January, the average age of Fox News viewers is 68-years-old. In Frank Rich´s New York Magazine article, ´Stop Beating a Dead Fox´ he calls Fox News a politically conservative ´retirement community´ that´s losing young viewers at a faster rate than it´s competitors. The average viewers at MSNBC and CNN are 60, and the average is 62-64 for the broadcast networks. Not only are Fox News viewers old, they´re almost all white. Rich points out that only 1.1 per cent of Fox News viewers are black. That´s a far lower number than other news networks. MSNCB has a 25



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