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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/19/2011

Morning Bits

First, there was love and reason, and then there was the 21st century. Read the whole thing and follow the links.

First, “Three prominent conservative foreign policy hands are circulating a letter to House Republicans today urging them not to cut off funding for the conflict in Libya. The draft letter, being circulated by Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol, former Bush aide Elliott Abrams, and the Brookings Institution’s Robert Kagan, warns that cutting off funding would be ‘an abdication of our responsibilities as an ally and as the leader of the Western alliance.’ ”

Then, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warns President Obama to cough up more documents, but keeps his powder dry. “While the president responded to some questions earlier this week, it is unfortunate that he specifically chose not to respond to an important question about whether the Office of Legal Counsel supports the White House’s extraordinary legal basis for ongoing military operations in Libya. . . . The House of Representatives will not allow the White House to continue skirting its obligations to the American people, this Congress, and the laws of this nation. Over the coming week, our members will review all options available to hold the administration to account.” But then we hear career lawyers overridden by the White House! Oh, it’s okay. It’s a Democratic president.

A first: AARP responsibly says it wouldn’t object to cuts in Social Security benefits. “The shift, which has been vetted by AARP’s board and is now the group’s stance, could have a dramatic effect on the debate surrounding the future of the federal safety net, from pensions to health care, given the group’s immense clout.”

Then, the scare-mongers descend. AARP “said the story was inaccurate, that AARP’s views were long held. Nevertheless, the story set off a firestorm among Social Security advocates, who roundly criticized AARP as selling out seniors. Most advocacy groups oppose all cuts to Social Security benefits, even those that would affect only future generations, such as an increase in the retirement age. ‘AARP is losing the confidence of seniors around the country, and not just seniors but people of every age group,’ said Max Richtman, acting chief executive of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. ‘I hope the ship that he wants to steer isn’t the Titanic filled with seniors.’ ” AARP is drowning seniors! Good grief.

First, we marked “the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s heavily promoted ‘Recovery Summer,’ its June-July 2010 effort to highlight a surge in infrastructure projects funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It’s been anything but a celebration for the White House, beset by a painfully slow economic recovery and a national unemployment rate of 9.1%.”

Then, “Faced with the bruising head winds of high unemployment, weak manufacturing and an otherwise listless economy, Goldman Sachs has slashed its forecast for gross domestic product. The firm cut its second-quarter GDP outlook to 2 percent from 3 percent, a stunning blow for an economy expected to be well on the path to recovery following the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.”

First, “President Bachmann will allow you to buy any light bulb you want.”

Then, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says that business should be allowed to locate anywhere they want. “Gov. Nikki Haley, who with 15 other GOP governors has asked that the suit be dismissed, called the [National Labor Relations Board] complaint ‘an attack on our employers trying to keep business in America.’ ‘I never thought the president and his appointees at the NLRB would be one of the biggest opponents we have (to creating jobs),’ the first-term governor, a Tea Party favorite elected last fall, said Friday.’ Bachmann-Haley?

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