Archive for February, 2011

Communist and socialist fringe groups have joined the public-sector union demonstrations against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plan to curtail their collective bargaining abilities.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 1:27 PM 02/25/2011

Communist and socialist groups — including the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party, the Communist Party USA, Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party and the Democratic Socialists of America — are voicing their support for the public-sector unions protesting Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plans to curtail their collective bargaining abilities.

The communist and socialist groups have parroted many of the union talking points being used by the unions on their websites and in their publications, such as those accusing the governor of trying to break their unions. They have also compared Walker to former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

“Egypt, whose revolution has been a constant source of inspiration here, reflected in signs and chants — and Walker’s new nickname, Gov. Mubarak,” an article reads from the International Socialist Organization’s webzine.

The webzine also describes the unions’ protest of Walker’s plans to force a vote on curtailing public-sector unions as “class war in Wisconsin” and as an affront to “the standard of living of working people.”

The formerly Soviet-backed Communist Party USA (CPUSA) echoed similar talking points.

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Fremont, Calif.-based Solyndra was supposed to have showcased the effectiveness of the Obama administration's stimulus and green jobs programs, but instead it has become the center of a congressional investigation.


By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 1:53 AM 02/22/2011

Solyndra, Inc. was supposed to have showcased the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s stimulus and green jobs initiatives, but instead it has become the center of congressional attention for waste, fraud and abuse of such programs.

According to a Feb. 17 letter signed by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Fremont, Calif.-based solar panel manufacturer squandered $535 million of stimulus money.

The company became the first recipient of an Energy Department loan guarantee under the stimulus in March 2009, which was intended to “finance construction of the first phase of the company’s new manufacturing facility” for photovoltaic solar panels.

The Energy Department estimated in a March 20, 2009 press release that the loan guarantee would create 3,000 construction jobs and a further 1,000 jobs after the plant opened.

And President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden each personally showcased Solyndra as an example of how stimulus dollars were at work creating jobs, during appearances at the company over the course of the following year.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich led a chorus of speakers at CPAC on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2011 in denouncing a spate of recent comparisons of Barack Obama with Ronald Reagan.


By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 3:12 AM 02/11/2011

CPAC speakers led by former Speaker Newt Gingrich sought to blow holes in the recent liberal narrative comparing Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan Thursday.

The president and a chorus of liberal pundits have increasingly compared him to Reagan in recent weeks. These pundits have included the late president’s son, Ron Reagan, who recently said his father had more in common with Obama than with Sarah Palin.

Gingrich made light of the trend and held up a recent “Time” magazine cover celebrating Reagan’s 100th birthday with the title, “Why Obama Loves Reagan” splashed across the front.

“I knew Ronald Reagan,” Gingrich said, echoing late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s line from his 1988 debate with Dan Quayle. “… I hate to tell this to our friends at MSNBC and elsewhere: Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan.”

Other speakers, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, were quick to concur.

McConnell dismissed the rhetoric comparing the two presidents as lacking substance and promised to hold Obama and the Democrats accountable for their track record over the last two years.

“A lot of liberals have been saying a lot of nice things lately about Ronald Reagan, and that’s nice to know,” McConnell said. “They want you to forget what they’ve been up to for the past two years.

“The good news is nobody’s buying it; the American people are no convinced [Obama] looks up to Ronald Reagan than they thought Obamacare would make health care better.”

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A group of conservative organizations plans to debut a website and legislation aimed at defunding the remaining stimulus dollars.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 9:38 AM 02/08/2011

A coalition of conservative groups hopes to remind Americans of the lackluster results of President Barack Obama’s $814 billion stimulus as the second anniversary of its passage approaches next week.

The coalition, led by Let Freedom Ring, plans to debut a website, http://www.DefundTheStimulus.com, on Thursday in order to increase pressure on Capitol Hill to refund the remaining amount of the stimulus to the national treasury.

Other coalition members include the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), Americans for Tax Reform, the 60 Plus Association, the National Taxpayers Union, FreedomWorks, Citizens Against Government Waste and Restore the Dream among others.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, told The Daily Caller the administration and congressional Democrats promised the nation the stimulus would keep unemployment from surging past 8 percent, but that promise failed to materialize.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s unemployment rate hovered just under 8 percent when Congress passed the stimulus on Feb. 17, 2009, but those numbers shot up to an average of around 9.5 percent a few months after its passage where the rate has hovered ever since.

Democrats, however, cite numbers from the Congressional Budget Office suggesting the unemployment rate could have been significantly higher had the stimulus not passed. “Economists of all persuasions generally agree that without the Recovery Act, the Great Recession would have become a much worse Great Depression,” said Dan Weiss, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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Republicans say sympathetic news outlets such as Fox News, talk radio, those on the Internet will help them win the health care and entitlement reform fights.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 1:54 AM 02/02/2011

Republicans say a proliferation of sympathetic media outlets will make it easier for them to get their message across in the debate over health care and entitlement reform.

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who has been a leading proponent of repealing the health care law, said Republicans cannot blink in their fight to repeal health care and should use sympathetic media outlets, such as Fox News, to their advantage in getting their message across.

But King contends Republicans have to match their words with their deeds as they try to convey their message to the public that the health care law and other entitlements are placing the nation in danger of a fiscal catastrophe.

“Piece by piece, there are a lot of little things that sound appealing to people in the health care law,” said Tony Blankley, a noted commentator and former press secretary to Newt Gingrich. “But Republicans need to make one big point and several small points. We simply can’t afford the scope of the spending on health care, so we simply just can’t afford it.”

Blankley contrasts the current situation with what Republicans faced 15 years ago when Bill Clinton was able to politically outmaneuver Newt Gingrich, then the Republican House Speaker, and the GOP by pinning the blame on them for the government shutdown.

Major media outlets like CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and The New York Times took the president’s side and made it impossible for Republicans to get their message across, many Republicans believe. This in turn aided Clinton’s comeback after the 1994 midterms and helped secure his victory in the 1996 presidential election.

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