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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/12/2011

Morning Bits

The revolting Paul Krugman does it again.

The restless Democrats. “Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obama’s reelection prospects and, in interviews, are openly acknowledging anxiety about the White House’s ability to strengthen the president’s standing over the next 14 months.”

The resilient Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) isn’t giving up yet. “Bachmann is in Florida for private meetings and to prepare for Monday night’s GOP debate in Tampa. It’s no secret the Bachmann camp was unhappy with the moderators of last Wednesday’s Republican debate at the Reagan Library, a debate which began as a Perry-Romney showdown and gave less time to other candidates. This time, in Tampa, it seems safe to predict that moderators will ask at least some other candidates whether they agree with Perry’s characterization of Social Security.”

The reckless father is not an image Democrat David Weprin wants associated with him. But Ben Smith has the scoop: “As the unexpectedly heated race for Anthony Weiner’s old seat draws to a close, Politico has obtained a 25-year-old child custody ruling that paints Democratic candidate David Weprin in a searingly negative light.” At least the Democrats will have an excuse if Weprin loses on Tuesday.

The ridiculous Robert Spencer. “Ten years after 9/11, we’re losing.”

The remarkable Marine. “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the repeated risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a member of Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 September 2009. When the forward element of his combat team began to be hit by intense fire from roughly 50 Taliban insurgents dug-in and concealed on the slopes above Ganjgal village, Corporal Meyer mounted a gun-truck, enlisted a fellow Marine to drive, and raced to attack the ambushers and aid the trapped Marines and Afghan soldiers. During a six-hour fire fight, Corporal Meyer single-handedly turned the tide of the battle, saved 36 Marines and soldiers and recovered the bodies of his fallen brothers.” Read the whole thing.

The reliable president. He can always be counted on to get it wrong on the economy: “Slashing [the payroll tax] might encourage at least some working Americans to spend more, particularly those who need the money least. There is, however, a great deal of empirical evidence suggesting that workers save the proceeds from temporary tax breaks, particularly people who aren’t optimistic about their future economic prospects. And remember that the payroll tax pays for Social Security. Money diverted from that program has to be made up with higher taxes in the future. As America ages, those higher taxes will be imposed on fewer workers to support more retirees. The math gets dicey very quickly. . . . The president called for new spending on education and infrastructure. There is an excellent case for infrastructure spending, particularly if it’s part of a long-term plan that includes finding smart ways to pay for it. But as Alice Rivlin, President Clinton’s . . . [Office of Management and Budget] director, has said on numerous occasions, infrastructure spending is not the best way to stimulate the economy in the short term.”

The riveting images of the Egyptian attack on Israel’s embassy. The Arab Spring is taking a turn for the worse.

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