That is the question asked by Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight. Besides noting the obvious anti-tax and anti-big government rhetoric, Silver notes a few subtle shifts in policy:
— Republican insiders are increasingly uncertain about whether gay marriage, which was such an important issue for the party over 2000-2004, is any longer a winning issue at all for them. Reaction to the Iowa Supreme Court decision was surprisingly muted in conservative circles. Meanwhile, at least one prominent Republican presidential candidate, Utah’s John Huntsman, has come out in favor of civil unions (although not gay marriage itself).
It should not be terribly surprising that Earth Day was first established by a U.S. politician. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) was the driving force behind the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. I suppose I’m not terribly surprised that the government maintains an official Earth Day website at EarthDay.gov - from the site:
President Barack Obama saved the taxpayers from 15 minutes of government spending, according to Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union:
“The federal government spends a total of $100 million approximately every 15 minutes of the year,” Pete said. “What Mr. Obama is doing is basically telling his departments, ‘Come up with enough spending cuts to give the taxpayers an extra 15 minutes.’”
“That is a drop in the bucket,” he said.
Back during the presidential debates, Obama wanted perspective on earmarks by saying they were a small part of the budget:
President Obama is asking for budget cuts from his Cabinet:
President Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, where he will order members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days, according to a senior administration official.
The budget cuts, while they would account to a minuscule portion of federal spending, are intended to signal the president’s determination to cut spending and reform government, the official said.
Obama’s order comes as he is under increasing pressure to show momentum toward his goal of eventually reducing the federal deficit, even as he goes about increasing spending in the short run to prop up the economy and support his priorities.
Over at Michelle Malkin’s group blog Hot Air an informal poll was taken of readers, asking their views on whether or not the federal government should legalize marijuana. The results were a little surprising to me. 48% said yes, 13% said yes but that states should ban or put limits of their own on the drug and 39% said no. While a substantial amount opposed legalization, altogether 61% said they support reform of some kind.
One of the biggest holes within mainstream Republicans’ espoused support of free markets is their perpetuation of the military industrial complex. Whole towns in this country revolve around the military, including service jobs on bases, office jobs and weapons manufacturing in addition to soldiering. That sort of collective governmental dependency makes the large cities of their Democratic counterparts look laissez-faire in comparison.
President Barack Obama held his first cabinet meeting today. He “made clear that relentlessly cutting out waste was part and parcel of their mission to make the investments necessary for recovery and long-term stability.” The ruthless fiscal disciplinarian called for his cabinet to cut a collective 100 million dollars in the next 90 days. The White House blog has the story here and the fact sheet can be found here.
Now, Obama has admitted already that this is a drop in the bucket. However, he did say, “cumulatively they would make an extraordinary difference… $100 million there, $100 million here, pretty soon, even in Washington, it adds up to real money.” How long would it take to add up to real money?
The Rolling Stone has assembled a great cast of characters in their Iraq War Panel. According to The Stone,”those on the panel — including diplomats, counterterror analysts and a former top military commander — agree that President Bush’s attempt to secure Baghdad will only succeed in dragging out the conflict, creating something far beyond any Vietnam-style “quagmire.”
The knee jerk reaction to Hugo Chavez’s warm reception of President Obama could easily be negative. Are Obama and Chavez connecting because, deep down, they’re ideological buddies? The idolatry and cult of personality surrounding the two leaders is similar and in some cases coming from the same corners.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
The left leaning media outlets made much of the numbers at Wednesday’s Tea Parties. Keith Olbermann especially mocked some Tea Parties attended by less than recent sporting events. Understanding that Olbermann’s primary objective is not to inform (but rather to sell advertising), his observations (as well as those of his fellow travelers) avoid the important point.