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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/10/2011

Morning Bits

Because words have new meanings in this administration, we need a guide for Obama watchers. “ ‘Reformer’: A name that’s been much favored among the specialists in Obamic diplospeak, deployed not long ago with appallingly perverse promiscuity to describe the Syrian despot/slaughterer, and now, with its own delicious ludicrousness, as an encomium for a visiting dictator, M. le Président du Gabon, Ali Bongo.” Read the whole thing.

Because the economy is just humming, Democrats want a massive tax hike. “A group of House Democrats is calling for any deal to raise the debt ceiling to bring about the end of the Bush tax rates for the wealthy. The lawmakers, led by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), also say that, following last week’s weak job report, they are concerned that certain decreases in federal spending could hurt the economy’s recovery.” Well, it’s not like House Democrats matter that much these days.

Because he gave a well-received speech, got a nod from Jack Welch and got a new supporter, Tim Pawlenty won the week.

Because the staff is blaming the wife, I suspect Newt Gingrich will need to make some more trips to Tiffany’s.

Because the Obama recovery is so much weaker than the Ronald Reagan recovery, it’s helpful to explore why. “The comparison between the 1982-1984 and 2009-2011 recoveries is particularly illuminating because Reagan’s economic program was essentially the exact opposite of Obama’s. Reagan’s policies included a strong dollar, large tax cuts, cuts in non-defense spending, and reduced government regulation. Obama’s economic agenda has been a weak dollar, tax increases (e.g., those included in Obamacare), massive domestic ‘stimulus’ spending, and increased regulation.”

Because the base actually expects its nominee to take on the president this is, well, silly. “Since returning from his post as ambassador to China last month, Huntsman has made scant mention of the man who appointed him in May 2009 — President Barack Obama. And his would-be campaign officials say that won’t change when the former Utah governor officially launches his campaign.” He doesn’t have enough problems with the hard-core conservatives?

Because Syria is obviously a destabilizing force in the Middle East (more so than ever), you’d think that the United States would finally demand that President Bashar al-Assad go. You’d be wrong. “Hundreds of Syrians fled into neighboring Turkey on Thursday to escape a threatened assault on the northern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour, deepening international concern that the 12-week-old Syrian uprising could spread beyond the country’s borders.”

Because of statistics like this, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) would be a formidable candidate. “Some 37% of all net new American jobs since the recovery began were created in Texas. . . . Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, Dallas Fed economists looked at state-by-state employment changes since June 2009, when the recession ended. Texas added 265,300 net jobs, out of the 722,200 nationwide, and by far outpaced every other state. New York was second with 98,200, Pennsylvania added 93,000, and it falls off from there. Nine states created fewer than 10,000 jobs, while Maine, Hawaii, Delaware and Wyoming created fewer than 1,000. Eighteen states have lost jobs since the recovery began.”

Because of statements like this, Herman Cain cannot and should not be taken seriously. “The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has doubled down on his controversial Muslim comments he made earlier this year, saying he would require proof of loyalty to the U.S. Constitution for Muslims to serve in his potential administration.” A president is not a radio talk show host.

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