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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Morning Bits

Unfortunately, yes. “Stagnant August Hiring in U.S. May Signal Renewed Recession.”

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says no on a Sarah Palin run. He doesn’t think she’s going to get in, but he had nice words for her. “She’s done a lot, I think, to engage the American people and stir things up, which we really needed to do, to get American citizens more involved in the process. It made a big difference in the last election. My hope is it’ll make an even bigger difference in the next election, as people take back their government.”

Yes, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is popular in South Carolina. “Perry addressed a standing-room-only crowd at Horry Georgetown Technical College in Conway, S.C., about a 20-minute drive from Myrtle Beach. The audience, mostly people in their 40s or older, peppered him with questions about Social Security, immigration and other topics. Perry said that although people of his generation have little to worry about, the next generation is being told “a monstrous lie” that the current system will help them in their retirement years.

But no, he doesn’t have a specific Social Security fix in mind. “I’ve got a 28-year-old son — approaching 28 — and a 25-year-old daughter. And we shouldn’t lie to them and tell them that this system that we have in place today will be there for them. So [we need to] have a conversation with America. How do we make that transition from the system that we’ve got today? I call it a Ponzi scheme. I call it a monstrous lie. Anyone who is running for the president of the United States and wants to keep the status quo on entitlement is suspect.” But what about those who don’t have a specific proposal to fix it?

Yes, this is the voice of organized labor. Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. at his Labor Day rally: “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.” I await Paul Krugman’s condemnation of the incitement to violence.

No, this isn’t anything new. “President Barack Obama signaled Monday he’ll propose a major infrastructure program and an extension of a payroll tax break in the jobs speech he planned to deliver Thursday before a joint session of Congress.”

Yes, Romney sure does have a lot of proposals. “I will introduce a plan consisting of 59 specific proposals — including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office — to turn around America’s economy. Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.” Hopefully ending giveaways for “green jobs” is in there somewhere.

No, we have not persuaded Bashar al-Assad to halt his reign of terror. “Syrian troops raided several cities and towns across the country in search of activists and protesters who were involved in planning the uprising, human rights campaigners and residents said. They said that troops also raided homes and combed areas in northern Syria near the Turkish border and in central Syria looking for the attorney general, Adnan Bakkour, whose resignation greatly embarrassed the government.”

Yes, Europe is worse off than we are. “European stock markets tumbled Monday on warnings of a broad crisis developing in the region’s financial sector and intensifying doubt about the ability of euro-area politicians to effectively respond.”

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