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>Washington Post News Previews Suggest Republican Candidate Already Picked

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  1. Gates says Obama has approved use of armed Predator drones in Libya

    Pentagon chief Robert Gates says President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drone aircraft in Libya.
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  2. The Fix: What if the 2012 Republican field is set?

    Everywhere you look these days there’s evidence that Republican voters aren’t thrilled with their choices for president.
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  3. 2chambers: Congressional approval rating declines

    The congressional approval rating is at its lowest point since the 112th Congress convened in early January, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.
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  4. The Plum Line: Paul Ryan’s own proposal endorses debt ceiling hike, Dems charge

    A little-noticed provision in the plan lays out its version of what constitutes “appropriate levels of the public debt” over the next ten years.
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  5. States’ new GOP majorities, governors have made mark on a wide range of issues

    As state legislatures adjourn over the coming weeks, new Republican majorities backed by GOP governors are leaving their mark in a wave of legislation that reaches far beyond the economic issues that dominated the midterm elections last fall.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There’s been a real seismic change in the states, and the effect will be felt for many years.”



COMMENT OF THE DAY

coco7, on Chris Cillizza’s “What if the 2012 Republican field is set?” story:
I don’t quite see Daniels or Huntsman making it out of the Iowa primary in great shape or doing well in SC given the social conservative nature of those 2 states. Is there a case to be made for either of these guys to lose in Iowa and SC, but win in NH and Florida–with the winner being decided on Super Tues?


Oil is very important to the existence of our country. Without oil and gas we could not drive our cars, heat our homes, and have the many synthetic plastic products that are derivatives of oil. Viva la Oil! But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t develop what a famous scientist a hundred years ago hit on – Tesla. He was working on cord-less electricity that could light and heat our homes. If America were smart, it would put a chunk of taxpayer money down on such a project.

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>Obama Should Stop Playing Russian Monopoly

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I’m a former AP writer and a close observer of the national and international scene. I write for several blogs and other media. I am also a pragmatic former business leader. I was president/CEO of an insurance company in Minneapolis for eight years. As I observe the mistakes of Rahm Emanuel, Tim Geithner, and other Obama operatives the past 60 days of the Obama administration, I can see that either they are totally incompetent or that maybe they can be rehabilitated by encountering some basic decision-making training. We business leaders are constantly training our people to make good decisions. Just as poor decisions bring down companies, poor thinking can break a nation. Or should I say the people running our nation, and that eventually badly influences what the country starts to look like. Sadly, “America the Beautiful” is more and more starting to look like the socialistic UK at best and communistic Russia at worst.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH OBAMA?

by Don White

Why is President Obama having trouble vetting appointments? That’s kid’s play. Why can’t he seem to get a handle on the economic crisis? Why is he so intent on trashing our democratic way of life?

“What’s wrong?” It all boils down to dishonesty.

The wrong president has FAILED to assemble the right key advisors? Maybe he should STOP and reconsider, putting aside his “Chicago Ways.” Importantly, he should rescreen his liberal cronies – put them to the test and if they don’t pass, fire their butts.

Obviously, as Einstein inferred, if something’s not working you need to stop doing that which got us into trouble in the first place.

A big part of Obama’s problem is that he’s not an honest man. He knows better, but he still acts as if “FDR’s depression” was not lengthened and worsened by Roosevelt’s big government spending programs.

The test? Yes, the test today to give Axelrod and Emanuel and the others is how fast can they think, how wise can they be?

Can they learn anything new and adapt?

This requires not a set of static leadership and followership rules, but rules that are ever changing as the world changes. I fear for our country if Obama doesn’t quickly take a step back and look at what he has done and say, “No more!” And I suggest instead of Monopoly, his people learn to play a “Carmen Sandiego” game where the board itself is ever changing. How’s that for flexibility and ability to multi task and adapt? But that’s precisely the game our global world requires of us, especially with the great amount of world political and economic instability coming from America’s tough opponents and the wild card personalities in this international terror game led by Vladimir Putin, Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Osama Bin Laden.

Sadly, if Obama has taught us anything it is that we are our own worst enemy.

Presidential leadership requires that Obama abandon his static rules of the game, that is that everyone act like staunchly wild party going, left-wing Democrats — that they stop playing the Monopoly of Communist Russia where government owns the utilities and railroads, Park Place, Marvin Gardens, and Boardwalk. It must be a “game” where government gets out of “property’ ownership altogether and leaves that to “we the people.”

Successful business leaders often do well in Washington. If Washington would recruit more topflight business executives, as Kennedy and Reagan did, which would have to include conservatives and liberals alike, it might ensure a less hazardous road ahead and better decision making for the new president. It was a shame that Obama’s strict spending ethics made it impossible for Senator Judd Greg to become Commerce Secretary. But if you have to serve a “dictator” in order to serve your country, as conservatives you and I may have made the same decision. Why presidents choose people of opposite persuasion is to improve the administration’s thinking. But it became abundantly clear that there was no room for conservative thinking in the speeding, out-of-control Obama “Yes We Can” train that has almost imploded our country…

In his book the Art of the Long View, Peter Schwartz develops and explains scenario planning using computer simulations of possible futures that he used in his work at Shell Oil Company. He claims both businesses and governments can use these methods to determine the optimal, realistic, analytic, and imaginative outcomes that produce the desired results.

He said if you were born twenty years ago and are on top, or at least on your way, you likely have a “good helicopter” in your head. This means the ability to see the big picture and zoom down to focus on the key details simultaneously. He believes that people born in the last two decades of the twentieth century are “better equipped to have such helicopters. With its speed of change and uncertainty, the world educates young people to think. “I see the difference in kids now; they’re more sophisticated about the world, steeped in its complexities, with more sense of their own potencies,” said Schwartz/

In a game like “Monopoly” we follow a never-ending path around the board until somebody wins. In the world survival games we play today, however, like the “Carmen Sandiego” games, the board itself changes depending on what the players do. Regular exposure to such games, to cable news networks, to travel, and to new types of contact with other people will give you the intimate closeness to change that you need to understand it, and the words to describe what you are.

Schwartz believes that the challenges we face and the opportunities we have come from are important. Three major forces will form the context of our lives: New technologies of information, molecular engineering, and biology; solving the great divide that separate the haves from the have nots without dismantling our Western democratc, free enterprise way of life; and the force of ethnic diversity that has become America’s destiny and opportunity. How we handle all three of these will define our country’s future. So far, we seem to have struck out in the area of government intervention and Obama’s attempt to make for a level economic playing field. It has been and will be a complete failure unless he steps back and re-examines the mistakes he has made and reverts to the good old fashioned way of job creation, where people buy stocks for their retirement and are able to see that money create jobs, instead of seing a government ravage their retirement funds and with little or no leveling accomplished. What we learn from Obama’s “romp” in the oval office and in the White House halls of history is crucial. What he learns is even more important. How we and our generation respond to these challenges and opportunities will determine what kind of future our children will have. And right now that’s not looking too rosy, thanks to the profligate Obama administration.

The economic and political systems of the world are ever more intertwined at a global level. There is the possibility of a planetary society of enormous abundance, Schwarts says – a truly productive, open, and free world. But the process of producing that global economy poses many challenges, none the least the setting of America’s ship of state aright politically and economically.

America deserves what it got in Obama, an economic neophyte. He knows less than John McCain about the economy – and that’s really saying something because McCain is almost brain dead. No, our electorate let a golden moment pass us by, that of electing an economic genius president, namely Mitt Romney; and for that I blame the Republicans and John McCain’s dishonest heart, not the Democrats. But Democrats and Republicans, alike, are responsible for not wanting to open up the president to a Mormon when it has already openly embraced a Catholic and a half Arab-Black former Muslim.

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>Romney Jewels Stolen From Deer Valley Mansion

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TALKER, from The (Park City, Utah) Record: ‘Somebody stole between 15 and 20 pieces of jewelry from Mitt Romney’s Park City mansion, the police department said, describing that the person who took the jewelry appears to have had access to the house. Rick Ryan, a police department captain, said the jewelry belongs to Romney’s wife, Ann Romney. … [T]he jewelry has a ‘high value.’ … [T]here was not evidence that somebody broke into the house. … [W]orkers had been in the house sometime between Jan. 5 and Feb. 16 to work on a shower … a bathroom next door to the walk-in closet where the jewelry was taken … The jewelry was in a box on a shelf in the closet, he said. … Police investigators have asked Ann Romney’s jewelry consultant for a list of pieces that might have been taken.’

Get hold of Don and Carolyn White’s successful new book,a must read for our economic times, “SELLING FAST: We Sold Our House in One Day And You Can Too.” Here is a link about a great new book by Carolyn, Don, and Marcus White, SELLING FAST, We Sold Our House In One Day And You Can Too.

>What Now With Romney?

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September 2, 2008
Salt Lake City, UT–

Washington Watch

Romney: Political Future in Utah?
Boston Herald:Mitt Romney — once a top contender to be John McCain‘s running mate — may have suffered a bruised ego when he was passed over for the little known Gov. Sarah Palin, but the ex-Bay State governor emerged as a major player on the national stage, experts said. … [One] scenario has Romney running for office in Utah, should Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch decide to retire, said Steve Crosby, dean of the McCormack Graduate School at UMass. Romney, he said, is enormously popular in Utah, the center of his Mormon faith and site of his rescue of the 2000 Salt Lake City Olympics.”


Romney serving himself at a Newbury, New Hampshire Lincoln Day Dinner while campaigning in 2007 for president. My, times have changed.

>Who Will Be McCain’s VP Running Mate?

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>Vice President Isn’t Such A Bad Job Afterall

>If you’re convinced you are not presidential timber but would love to get your hands on a gavel, you’re right. Being president of America will take twenty years off your life, not to speak of the many sleepless nights wondering when someone’s going to take a potshot at you.

But vice president–that’s the job to aim for. Yes, there are those like Rudy and Fred who turned their noses up at it. But look at all those who will never get the nod from Obama and McCain–they would come out of their skins if O or Mac wagged an approving index finger at them. For proof, just look at Mitt and Hill. Mitt called Mac all kinds of names, even landed his favorite knockout punch right on Mac’s nose–said he hadn’t run anything.

Hill made O go to the matt with her–figuratively speaking, not actually of course–for eleven months, even though she knew all along she couldn’t win. It cost her. She’s in debt $25 million, but look at the pain she inflicted on the tall, skinny guy.

But now that Mitt’s out, he wants in–in the worst way. Have you noticed how he can’t find enough superlatives to say about his old nemesis? Neither can Hill say enough good about O.

Now Mitt, Hill and the other outsiders know the best job to go after is VP, not president. Surprised? I thought you might be. You probably bought into conventional wisdom–that being America’s vice president is some kind of punishment, a four-year prison sentence, a fate to be avoided at all costs.

That kind of thinking is wrongheaded and I’ll prove it. What job can you name where you get paid six figures with promise of a wonderful retirement, your own AirForce Two airliner, get to sit around all day doodling meaningless phrases and hopeful poetry and satire on a yellow scratch pad, and own your own gavel to make noises if certain senators get on your nerves? And best of all, often you are lobbied by both sides of the isle–sumptuous diners, trips, and help with your income taxes–in case you have to break a tie vote.

Then is when you become a true VIP. Don’t ever overlook the advantages that this offers you. You can accumulate enough of some else’s sky miles and other favors to the point senators would give you the moon–whatever you want.

Here’s more of the high side. Unless you go to war, like Bush and Cheney, you can’t be blamed for anything. Vice presidents are the most useless decoration pieces in the Capitol. They just sit and sit, and sit. If you have sleep apnea and can fake you’re awake, this is the job for you. Some of these guys get real good at it. They sit there with a stone-cold, wide-eyed stare as asleep as a bear in winter hibernation. If someone approached and touched their elbow it would tip them over like a tumbler in a china cabinet.

If you get tired sitting, you can finger an unsuspecting assistant to take your place until a crucial vote comes up, some young aspiring junior senator who just adores you, worships the seat you sit on.

Everyone knows your vulnerability, but they leave you alone. Senators are just good old boys and girls and deep down in all they want is one thing. To get reelected. The rest of what goes on is just window dressing for naive
constituents in the gallery who came to see some anger and fireworks, like a floor fight or filibuster.

VP’s do not fear being sent up the river.
All they do is clip bond coupons and look to the day when they can get out of this veritable fish bowl lesser men call prison.

When the president says jump they ask how high. The common garden variety VP rarely speaks in cabinet meetings. He’s too smart for that. He keeps his mouth shut to reporters and his ideas to himself,feeding the commander-in chief’s ego as much as possible.

Does the vice presidency change the man? Based on anecdotal evidence, just the opposite occurs. Most VP’s come in with an attitude. They’re all president wannabes, but they’re good at hiding feelings. But behind the scenes they’re full of mischief.

VP’s like Cheney cause wars and spend money on the military. He did it subtly, not claiming success, leaving all the good and bad press for the president. On the other hand, Gore let it be known he didn’t like his president–that he wanted to make a name for himself so he could follow Clinton after eight years.

Gore bidded his time on the podium looking stupid. But in reality his finely tuned mechanical brain was working like a clock, dreaming up global warming and his first Nobel Prize.

VP’s get magical ideas just sitting there. Some of the ideas hatched on the Senate podium are worth millions. Gore got this idea of global warming from his perch high above the Senate floor, where the air is rarified. It was so masterful and weird that people liked it. Even Clinton wished he could have thought of it first, but then, his attention was riveted elsewhere.

Here’s how Gore got the idea: Gore’s a big, heavy man who perspires a lot. He also liked to smoke a cigar while on the stand. No, really. I’ll bet you’re wondering how he got away with it. No one knew why he always kept his hand over his mouth like he was dumbfounded. Actually, he was concealing the cigar in his mouth. His ash tray was the cuff of his pants. One day it got so warm up there he fell asleep and when he abruptly awoke he was on fire. It was so warm, his subconscious told him global warming was going on when it was only pant warming.

The brain must be wired differently than most humans to hatch an idea like this that way. No one can argue that Al Gore is your garden variety man from Tennessee. But the point is this: he parlayed this idea into a Nobel prize and people around the globe almost worship this mere man for such prescience.

Albert Gore made a bundle of money off books and speeches. They should have a copyright law in the Senate–or at least an agreement like most corporations–if you hatch your eggs while on public salary working in a public building the ideas you think up and the doodles you make aren’t yours to keep.

Give back those millions you earned on the taxpayers’ largesse, Albert Gore.

Mitt, though, is the real conundrum. He wouldn’t like being VP. His head is too full and he is too enthusiastic and energetic to sit there for four years keeping everything within. It would be like prison to Mitt, and would rob him of four of the best years of his life.

Now, Hillary is a political horse of another color. She will always be Hillary–up to no good. Somehow I can see her smuggling Bill into these hallowed halls to once more desecrate U.S. terra firma. You don’t think she didn’t know he was playing around with Monica and the others? Oh, she had her escapades, too. It was all in the plan…

>Circus Clowns, Trapeze Artists, and The Big Top

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Undercurrents:
Say What You Don’t Mean! Huh?

Don White
Everyone is so dishonest and devious today! I read this article by Lisa Riley Roche in the Deseret News. If this had been published in any paper besides that one I wouldn’t have believed it. See how biased we have become.

But I had just read part of a book by Andy Borowitz, humorist for the New Yorker, called Who Moved My Soap? which is straight satire about locked up CEOs. It starts by saying his 84-page book is fiction and satire.

I was in the mood for a laugh, then I read the Roche article which suggests that Karl Rove wants to help Mitt Romney get the VP nod from McCain but is going about it “bass-akwards” to throw people off. Oh, yeah! The indirect approach works every time.

When we were kids we used to ask for something we didn’t want just to turn our parents onto giving us the opposite. For example, one time I would have given my two front teeth for the chance to go to the circus with my dad. I went around all day saying, “I really don’t like the circus. Other boys like to go to the circus with their dads; but me? I hate the circus. I don’t want to go to the circus with my Dad. No, there’ll be no circus for me. I hate circus peanuts, coke, hotdogs, carmel apples, popcorn, and ice cream.

“No, watching the trapeze artists fly through the air with the greatest of east is too scary. I hate seeing the lions and tigers. They poop all over and it smells. I don’t like the clowns with their sad, painted faces, or the beautiful girls dressed in almost nothing. Or the muscle men, flame eater, the magicians, and the guy who gets shot through the air by a real cannon. Nope, no fun for me. I’m a sedate child. I’d have a fit if I saw all that worldly stuff. Nope, you won’t find me asking for my Dad to take me places.

“You can just lock me up in a windowless room with nothing but a table, a chair, a bed, a couch, a toilet and 10 cases of bottled water. I would not leave that room until everyone else who was having fun had returned from the circus. That way my parents can save enough money to afford to feed me for a week.”

Of course, after that elaborate charade I ended up going to the circus with my pop and I enjoyed it a lot.

But what about all the lying in the world? This former White House strategist Karl Rove, for example? They say he may be trying some new political tricks to help fellow Republican Mitt Romney secure the party’s vice presidential nomination.

Remember, Rove’s the smart guy who left his post as a top adviser to President Bush last year and now does color on Fox News. Like I know what “color” is, except it must be like a baseball color man who doesn’t call the action, he just gives the inside opinions and cute little stories. That’s color.

Rove must have had a dreary childhood like mine. He mustuve learned the same lessons I learned—you ask for exactly what you don’t want and you end up getting what you want. Sounds crazy, right? But it works every time.

Here’s why I know about Rove. Lately, he has been blurting out that Romney turned in an “uneven performance” in his own failed presidential bid, saying the former leader of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City made mistakes because of his limited political experience and that Romney criticized Bush.

Good, huh? This way he makes him look like an outsider. That’s what the election is all about this time. Both sides want to look like outsiders so they can make changes they think people want. Insiders can’t do that.

I know what’s going on. You talk tough about Romney’s flaws and you boost his chances of being chosen vice president by distancing him from an unpopular Bush administration.

But he’s got to be careful criticizing Romney, saying he made the mistake of being critical of Bush, you actually link him to President Bush. You don’t want to do that to someone you actually want” to promote as vice president. Most importantly, you’ve got to make sure Romney is not portrayed by others as the candidate handpicked for McCain by Karl Rove.

Mild criticism of Romney by Rove is intended to separate Romney from the administration. You don’t want to hug him too closely. If you hug him too closely, you suffocate him.

Rove is being careful not to actually endorse Romney for just that reason.
He is first to realize his endorsement could carry unwanted baggage. A positive political analysis from Rove is very helpful while an endorsement might be the kiss of death.

Romney should feel a sense of encouragement from Bush and his closest advisers, including Rove. Bush waited until the GOP nomination was settled before endorsing McCain.

Who knows what Karl Rove is up to? He usually is thinking a few chess moves ahead with every comment. No one has been more outspoken that Mitt Romney is the best possible vice presidential candidate for McCain.

Professor Matthew Wilson of Southern Methodist University in Dallas said Romney should avoid too close a tie to Rove. “Mitt Romney certainly doesn’t want to be seen as Karl Rove’s creature,” said Wilson, who specializes in religion and politics.

Wilson suggested Rove may be coming across as critical of Romney because he is concerned that McCain isn’t listening to him.

Rove told the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday that while Romney probably had the best campaign organization of any Republican candidate, he failed to connect with voters.

And last month, Rove made it a point on “Fox News Sunday” to offer a list of Romney’s flaws even as he praised him for his executive experience in business and as a former governor of Massachusetts, as well as with the Olympics.

“This is the guy who talked about environments and marching with Martin Luther King and so forth. And there’s also the Mormon problem, which was really sort of astonishing to me,” said Rove, who grew up in Utah.

The Mormon “problem” that Rove described was the negative reaction some voters had to Romney’s membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the idea of a Mormon president.

Wilson said Romney’s faith is only a “minor factor” in considering whether he should be the vice presidential nominee. “It is not irrelevant, but it’s not as important as the person at the top of the ticket,” the Texas professor said.