The progressive Contract for America

Could they at least get an original name?

On Monday afternoon, and Rebuild the Dream announced a campaign to build up a popular movement that could match (if not surpass) the debt reduction crowd in both size and energy. And they have borrowed a concept from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) as their organizing principle.

The campaign, led by Van Jones, President of Rebuild the Dream; Justin Ruben, Executive Director of; and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), among others, is debuting a new Contract for the American Dream. They describe it as “a progressive economic vision crafted by 125,000 Americans … to get the economy back on track.” Its debut will involve a nationwide day of action, as well as an ad in The New York Times to run sometime this week, organizers said.

This “Contract” is very illustrative of the core tenets of modern liberalism – that it is the government that drives the economy, and that the government has every right to commandeer your money if it believes it has a better means of using it. Remember that the government is not some abstract and omniscient system; it is merely a group of power-hungry individuals with enough naivete to believe they know more than the rest of us:

The basic premise of the campaign is that America isn’t broke, it’s merely imbalanced. In order to stabilize the economy, politicians should make substantial investments in infrastructure, energy, education and the social safety net, tax the rich, end the wars, and create a wider revenue base through job creation.

The myth of the “anti-war” left (and right)

As President Obama laid out his case for intervention in Libya (and really, almost anywhere) some remarked, on Twitter and on blogs, that his speech was the best one George W. Bush ever gave.  The implication was that Obama’s justification for aggressive action paralleled Bush’s almost to the word - wherever people are “yearning to be free”, the United States must be on the side of the yearners.  It is a frighteningly broad criteria for making war, because, let’s face it - most of the world is not free, in fact massively so.  Can we possibly take sides everywhere some are oppressed?

Given the actions of the left during the Bush presidency and the Iraq War, it would then not be irrational to expect widespread demonstrations and protests.  Surely Code Pink, MoveOn, et al would hold rallies and vigils against a truly unjustified military action that put our troops at risk for no good purpose.  After all, we can’t just go about shooting missiles everywhere, right?

Yet the so-called “anti-war” left is mostly silent, with few exceptions.  Surely this is a double standard, but it should not surprise anyone in the least.  The left has fashioned itself as being entirely in favor of intervention in every other aspect of life, from our choice of light bulbs to whether or not we choose to buy health insurance.  So for what logical reason would they have any deep opposition to intervening abroad?  The fact is, the left has never been and never will be truly anti-war.

Possibly the Most Bizarre Political Ad This Season

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Definitely creative, but also… well, a bit creepy, to be honest.

The latest attack ad on McCain by features a talking moose waxing eloquent on Sarah Palin’s lack of national secuity experience.

Finally: It looks like progressive Democrats are going to stand up to Barack Obama

President Barack Obama may be facing a revolt in his party over intervention in Iraq. Nearly three years after he claimed the war was over, the White House is preparing an airstrike campaign in Iraq against the ISIL, and that’s not sitting well with many of the progressives that make up the Democratic Party’s base:

Since Friday, thousands have added their names to two progressive petitions warning the president against military action in Iraq, one from San Francisco-based progressive group CREDO and the other hosted by Should Obama decide to go ahead with airstrikes in Iraq — he ruled out ground troops in a brief question-and-answer session with reporters at the White House Friday — progressive strategists told BuzzFeed Sunday the liberal grumbling could turn into an election year headache for the White House.
Leaders of CREDO, a group known for strong criticism of Obama over Keystone and other issues, are already equating Obama to his predecessor as U.S. military action in Iraq goes back on the table.

“If the president takes ownership of George W. Bush’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq by launching a new round of bombing strikes, Iraq will become Barack Obama’s war,” reads the CREDO petition.

No, control of the House of Representatives isn’t in play next year

The political stalemate in Washington that has led to a government shutdown has Democrats salivating at the prospect of winning back the House of Representatives in the 2014 mid-term election., a leftist organization, released a set of polls earlier this week showing that 24 Republicans could be vulnerable next year, alleging that the government shutdown “has significant electoral implications” in the district they represent. The polls, which were conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), were immediately seized upon by Democrats, who need a net-17 seats to win control of the chamber.

While it’s true that many polls show Republicans taking the brunt of the blame of the government shutdown — though a recent CNN poll shows that blame is pretty close to evenly spread — Stu Rothenberg, a political analyst and namesake of the Rothenberg Political Report, disputes the notion that control of the House is up for grabs.

“Is the House in play now? Of course not. My newsletter’s most recent race-by-race assessment, completed just days before the shutdown began, found that the most likely overall outcome next year is a small gain for one of the parties,” wrote Rothenberg, who spent a fair amount of the column picking apart the Public Policy Polling surveys.

Social Security Now Faces $23.1 Trillion in Unfunded Liabilities

On Friday, former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) lent his name to, not just to speak out against chained CPI for Social Security proposed by President Barack Obama, but also to call for expanding the government-run retirement and disability program.

“Now that our economy is beginning to recover, it’s time to present a plan not just to protect Social Security, but to strengthen it for our seniors who deserve to retire with the dignity they’ve earned over a lifetime of work,” wrote Feingold. “That is exactly what my friend Senator Tom Harkin has proposed to do with his Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013: boosting Social Security for almost everyone by around $800 a year, extending the trust fund by decades, and paying for it by having millionaires and billionaires owe the same rate as the rest of us.”

The reference to “paying for [the increased benefit payments] by having millionaires and billionaires owe the same rate as the rest of us” is a subtle reference to lifting the cap on taxable wages. This has long been a policy goal of many Democrats in Congress and Leftist organizations like

The already troubling picture was brought back into view with the recent release of the trustees report on the United States’ entitlement programs. This report shows that these two programs face $66 trillion in unfunded liabilities, of which $23.1 trillion come via Social Security. Philip Klein has the very sobering story (emphasis mine):

Another Poll Shows Gun Control Support Falling

Michael Moore

While anti-gun filmmaker Michael Moore insists that the gun control crowd is the “majority,” the latest poll from CBS News shows that he’s actually out of touch with how Americans feel about the issue.

With the Senate expected to take up new gun control measures next month, there is a heavy push from both sides of the driving the discussion. Moore, whose anti-gun film Bowling for Columbine was filled with distortions and falsehoods, went on a rant against the NRA and other gun rights advocates during a recent event.

“Every single piece of proposed gun legislation has the majority support of the American people, Moore claimed, according to “There’s no excuse for Congress not to pass these laws.”

Despite Moore’s ranting, the CBS News poll shows that 47% of Americans believe that gun laws should be made “more strict.” However, 50% feel that they should be “kept as they are” or “made less strict.” Those numbers are down from February, when 53% expressed support for stricter gun laws.

Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary?: WORST. IDEA. EVER.

Paul Krugman

This weekend, pushed a petition written by economic policy expert actor Danny Glover asking President Barack Obama to appoint Paul Krugman to serve as the next Treasury Secretary. The petition, which has garnered nearly 200,000 signatures, states, “Press speculation has centered on candidates likely to support the Wall Street agenda of cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits and other domestic spending rather than government policies to create jobs.”

“We want President Obama to nominate Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, who opposes austerity and wants the government to focus on creating jobs.”

While one may not put it past Obama to make such an appointment, there is next to no chance that Krugman would win confirmation from the Senate. If you though Timothy Geither has been worthless in his role as Treasury Secretary, Krugman would be a disaster, based on things he’s said since President Obama has been in office.

Here’s a sample of The Crazy™ from Krugman: Ad- Elderly Threaten Mitt Romney With Violence [NSFW], a powerful far-left organization started by the Clinton’s inner-circle (The name comes from “moving on… beyond the impeachment hearings.”) has its collective mind in the gutter. It is running perhaps the most crude web ad of any political cycle.

This video, which Michael Moore helped produce, is unhinged, vulgar, and gross. Watch as an eldery woman threatens to punch Gov. Romney in his gentials.:

Conservative Women Attack Pro-Obama “Hollywood Women”

The Concerned Women For America attacks the actresses stumping for Democrats on the campaign trail as “so into themselves they actually think they speak for all women” in a web video released this week.

The video was produced in response to a MoveOn TV ad featuring Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington attacking Republicans over abortion rights and women’s health.The MoveOn ad is running in Virginia and Colorado. Longoria is involved in quite a serious Twitter scandal now.

“I want to talk to you about women. Hollywood women,” a woman in the CWA video says. “You know, the ones with the personal stylists, a three-bedroom wardrobe, and so into themselves they actually think they speak for all women.”

As the left franatically scrables to scare women right before the election, it is nice to see there are groups willing to counter the offensive notion that all women think alike. Well done.

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