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precursor to clean energy), Amtrak, which hasn’t turned                             proximately $280,000 before year’s end.
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by the other 99%. Yet the parade of subsidies gets longer                           “With nine days to go before the U.S. Postal Service
each year, perhaps, as the old joke goes, because in Wash-                          (USPS) faces default, a Senate committee on Wednesday
ington Republicans love corporations and Democrats love                             is expected to vote on a new plan to address the crisis. ...
welfare. As House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan puts it:                                The legislation would ... provide USPS billions in cash
‘How can we save billions of dollars from unjustified sub-                          from taxpayers. Specifically, it would hand over some $7
sidy and entitlement programs, if we can’t get corporate                            billion in supposedly ‘surplus’ contributions the govern-
America off the dole?’” --The Wall Street Journal                                   ment has made to the Federal Employees Retirement
                                                                                    System. Such temporary surpluses, however, are common
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and are typically erased by normal financial swings or             nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told
amortization over time. Transfer of the entire pot to USPS         we must collectivize the nation because the people are so
leaves taxpayers vulnerable if USPS later falls behind             rich.” --William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)
(which, given its condition, is not unlikely) while allow-
ing needed structural reforms to be delayed. ... USPS,             THE dEmO-GOGUEs
and mail delivery itself, faces an uncertain future. Com-          A good pat on the back: “Well, I think we are better off
prehensive change is needed to prevent massive losses              now than we would have been if I hadn’t taken all the
and virtual bankruptcy. The reforms being considered by            steps that I took.” --Barack Obama
the Senate, however, fall short -- while putting taxpayers
even more at risk for the consequences of failure.” --The          “We were able to prevent America from going into a
Heritage Foundation’s James Gattuso                                Great Depression. We were able to, after a series of
                                                                   quarterly GDP reports that were the worst that we’ve
“The Internal Revenue Service can follow individual                seen since the Great Depression, reverse it and get the
people over the years because they can identify individu-          economy to grow again. We’ve seen 20 straight months of
als from their Social Security numbers. During recent              consecutive job growth.” --Barack Obama
years, when ‘the top one percent’ as an income category
has been getting a growing share of the nation’s income,           Sure thing: “I have to tell you, the least of my concerns at
IRS data show that actual flesh and blood people who               the moment is the politics of a year from now. I’m wor-
were in the top one percent in 1996 had their incomes go           ried about putting people back to work right now because
down -- repeat, DOWN -- by a whopping 26 percent by                those folks are hurting and the U.S. economy is underper-
2005. ... [M]ost people who are in the top one percent in a        forming.” --Barack Obama
given year do not stay in that bracket over the years. If we
are being serious ... then our concern should be with what         The BIG Lie: “From a policy standpoint I think it’s really
is happening to actual flesh and blood human beings, not           important to know that President Obama was a job creator
what is happening to abstract income brackets.” --econo-           from day one. Now, was the ditch that we were in so deep
mist Thomas Sowell                                                 that when you’re talking to people and they still don’t
                                                                   have a job, that’s any consolation to them? No. But I’ll
“[T]he White House revealed that it would fight a GOP              tell you this: If President Obama and the House con-
House subpoena for internal documents related to the               gressional Democrats had not acted, we would be at 15
half-trillion-dollar, stimulus-funded, now-bankrupt Solyn-         percent unemployment.” --House Minority Leader Nancy
dra solar energy loan bust. White House counsel Kathryn            Pelosi (D-CA)
Ruemmler fumed that the information request placed an
‘unreasonable burden on the president’s ability to meet his        Blame Republicans: “We’ve taken every important piece
constitutional duties.’ ... Ruemmler further complained            of the jobs bill and demanded that we have a separate
that the subpoena represents ‘a significant intrusion on ex-       vote. But our Republican colleagues in the Senate have
ecutive branch interests.’ ... While she paints the request        voted unanimously to vote down each and every part so
as a last-minute surprise, the White House has been stone-         far: to restore 400,000 jobs for teachers, police officers,
walling on Solyndra all year long. And as Reason maga-             firefighters, putting them back in classrooms, on the
zine’s Tim Cavanaugh points out: Compliance would be               streets and in the fire houses. ... So, look, we can’t wait.
‘the work of a few hours, at a time when the executive             If the Republican Congress won’t join us, we’re going
branch has 2.8 million employees. The whole thing could            to continue to act on our own to make the changes that
be done by staffers, leaving the president to focus on golf        we can to bring relief to middle-class families and those
and fundraising and long, boring speeches.’” --columnist           aspiring to get in the middle class.” --Joe Biden
Michelle Malkin
                                                                   dEZINFORmaTsIa
INsIGHT                                                            Non Compos Mentis: “Well, I’m going to be pilloried
“The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to        for this. I think get rid of the Second Amendment, the
live at the expense of everybody else.” --French econo-            right to bear arms. I just think in the grand scheme of the
mist, statesman and author Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)            rights that we have; the right of assembly, free speech,
                                                                   I mean, owning a gun does not, it does not tally on the
“Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the
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same level as those other constitutional rights. And being           presidents a third term] should be the rule. I think as a
more discreet about who gets to have a firearm and right             practical matter, you couldn’t apply this to anyone who
to kill with a firearm, I think is something that would be           has already served, but going forward, I personally be-
in our national interest to revisit that.” --Huffington Post’s       lieve that should be the rule.” --Bill Clinton
Alex Wagner when asked by HBO’s Bill Maher what she
would change about the Constitution -- she would take                Bad idea: “We need democracy in this country and not
away the right that guarantees all the others                        a democracy that is run by politicians that are bought by
                                                                     corporations. We need a democracy in this country where
Pushing from the Left: “Do you not feel that by opposing             the people have the right to print money and not a nebu-
[a tax hike on millionaires to pay for Obama’s jobs bill]            lous Federal Reserve.” --Occupy San Francisco protester
you’re basically out of step with the American people on
this issue? ... Do you agree at all that there should be any         Good grief: “I wanted to say something about, if they’re
kind of tax increases?” --ABC’s Christiane Amanpour to               trying to find out who instigated this, much of, we owe
Speaker John Boehner                                                 a lot to the Arab Spring and the Democracy movement
                                                                     that were and are taking place across the Arab world. And
Another BIG Lie: “The American Dream is all about                    we owe a lot to that young man in Tunisia who couldn’t
social mobility in a sense -- the idea that anyone can make          take it anymore and set himself on fire to make this state-
it. ... The American dream seems to be thriving in Europe            ment that really ignited this movement. But, but even
not at home.” --CNN’s Fareed Zalaria                                 before that, what got him upset? What got him politi-
                                                                     cally charged was that he read the truth about the corrup-
Conspiracy theories: “[Herman Cain] is just the latest               tion of his own government that was supplied to him by
purchase by the Koch brothers. They purchased Michele                Wikileaks. And where did Wikileaks get that information
Bachmann, they purchased Sarah Palin, for this purpose:              allegedly? From a young private, a gay soldier by the
it’s to go out and talk crazy talk. It’s to talk about taking        name of Bradley Manning. And, let’s give it up to Brad-
more things away from the middle class and giving more               ley Manning.” --leftist filmmaker Michael Moore to the
to the rich. It’s about deregulating virtually everything            Occupy Wall Street movement
to where the Koch brothers can go ahead and kill more
people with their toxins.” --radio talk-show host Mike               Two weeks ago we published a humorous exchange dur-
Papantonio                                                           ing an interview between CNN’s Piers Morgan and Mi-
                                                                     chael Moore. When asked to admit that he was “in the 1
Newspulper Headlines:                                                percent,” Moore objected, “How can I be in the percent?”
‘We Are the 99%’: “Hollywood Street Brawl Involving                  Morgan cut to the chase: “Because you’re worth mil-
100 People in Costumes Leaves 1 Man Critical” --KCBS-                lions.” This time around, Moore grew even more agitated
TV website                                                           when a CBS reporter again questioned him on his wealth.
                                                                     Here’s the exchange:
Longest Books Ever Written: “What Occupy Wall Street
Gets Wrong” --Reason.com                                             Reporter: How are you helping these [Occupy protest-
                                                                     ers]? Moore: Because I do well, I want taxes raised on
Somebody Alert Michelle Obama: “Fat Yields From                      people who do well, including mine. Reporter: How are
Overseas ETFs” --SmartMoney.com                                      you helping these people with your $50 million? Moore: I
                                                                     don’t have $50 million. Reporter: That’s what it’s ru-
When Life Gives You Lemons: “Santorum Makes Stand                    mored you are worth. Moore: Well, really. Is that what
in Iowa” --The Wall Street Journal                                   you do is sell rumors? Reporter: We’re asking you for the
                                                                     truth. Moore: You’re just punk media is all you are. You
Bottom Story of the Day: “Barack Obama’s Jobs Drive                  lie. You lie to people. Stop lying to people. Stop lying.
Not Moving Polls” --Politico.com                                     Reporter: Are you not part of the 1 percent? Moore: Just
                                                                     don’t lie, okay?
(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)
                                                                     maRINE CORPs bIRTHday
vILLaGE IdIOTs                                                       On Nov. 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress re-
Random thoughts: “I’ve always thought that [allowing                 solved to create two battalions of Continental Marines for
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the War of Independence from Britain. In 1798, President          of the world still despises us, only now they think of us
John Adams signed the Act establishing the United States          as easy marks, too. ... The American public now has the
Marine Corps. The 13th Commandant of the Marine                   responsibility of solving his psychological dissonance by
Corps, General John A. Lejeune, issued Marine Corps Or-           throwing him out of office, allowing him to fully embrace
der No. 47, Series 1921, directing that on Nov. 10 every          his global agenda without the baggage of his national
year, in honor of the Corps’ birthday, the Order’s sum-           identity.” --columnist Ben Shapiro
mary of the history, mission and tradition of the Corps be
read to every command.                                            “A man from Kenya won the New York City Marathon.
                                                                  This was a huge upset, because everyone thought a differ-
We at The Patriot Post offer our thanks for a job well            ent man from Kenya would win the marathon.” --come-
done. For those interested in great items bearing the Ma-         dian Conan O’Brien
rine Corps’ insignia, please visit The Patriot Post Shop.
Semper Fi!                                                        “Occupy Wall Street protestors complained that homeless
                                                                  people have infiltrated the park for the free food. They’re
sHORT CUTs                                                        just furious about it. Everybody’s sitting around wishing
“You know the real trouble with socialism? There are              that there was a way to help the downtrodden without
no good guys. You’re either on one end of the equation            a lot of losers trying to get in on it.” --comedian Argus
sucking up whatever you didn’t earn and telling yourself          Hamilton
you’re entitled to it, or you’re on the other end trying to
prove you’re smarter and more beneficent than everyone            Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis! Nate Jackson
else, when you don’t have a clue. You’re either the drug          for The Patriot Post Editorial Team. Read online at http://
addict or the drug dealer.” --columnist Arnold Ahlert             patriotpost.us

“[Barack Obama] says all patriotism is equal -- the patrio-       (Please pray for our Armed Forces standing in harm’s
tism of Greeks, of British, of everyone. He rips American         way around the world, and for their families -- especially
‘arrogance’ while overseas. He excoriates American con-           families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines
sumerism, all the while maintaining that if we don’t con-         and Coast Guardsmen, who granted their lives in defense
sume more, we’ll go bankrupt. He says it’s unfortunate            of American liberty.)
that America has a leading role in the world. ... The rest




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