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                                                                                    Looking Glass. That’s a world where you have to run as
tHE FOUNdatION                                                                      hard as you can just to stay still. Which helps explain why
“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigi-                    President Obama will this week be addressing a joint ses-
lant, the active, the brave.” --Patrick Henry                                       sion of Congress that doesn’t really want to hear from him
                                                                                    about a jobs plan that he doesn’t really have.” --columnist
EdItORIaL EXEGEsIs                                                                  William McGurn
“Republican presidential candidates kick off the critical
fall campaign season Wednesday night when they take the                             “[T]he campaign strategy Obama appears to have de-
stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi                             cided on -- portray Republican leaders as prisoners of the
Valley, Calif. This would be a good occasion to abandon                             racist, Right-wing nutters from the Tea Party. They’re to
platitudes and begin hashing out concrete ideas for ad-                             blame, the argument goes, for the gridlock in Washington
dressing the nation’s most pressing long-term issue -- un-                          because of their intransigence in the face of nice, reason-
sustainable spending on entitlement programs. Any serious                           able Obama. The problem is that every smear and insult
plan to get our nation’s fiscal house in order -- something                         possible was thrown at the Tea Party in last year’s mid-
that all GOP contenders have promised to do -- would                                term elections but the grassroots movement still drove an
have to involve fundamental yet politically controversial                           historic Republican victory. It is also an obvious attempt
reforms of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Over                             to change the subject, moving discussion away from the
the next decade, those three programs alone will cost                               economy by fixating on alleged racism or religious funda-
taxpayers $21.4 trillion under the Congressional Budget                             mentalism on the Right.” --columnist Tony Harnden
Office’s rosiest scenario. ... Within 10 years, the big three
entitlements are projected to account for more than half                            “[T]o hurl the charge of racism without any evidence is
of federal spending, at which point they will already be                            slanderous. The GOP’s opposition to Obama is rooted
squeezing the government’s ability to deliver other needed                          in profound political and philosophical disagreements;
services. ... Thus far, the candidates have adopted the                             Republicans believe he is championing policies injurious
prevailing wisdom of the political class, which is that GOP                         to our nation. They may be wrong, but that does not make
emphasis on specific entitlement reforms will give Presi-                           them malevolent. And to accuse people of racism in such
dent Obama a bludgeon with which to hammer Republi-                                 a casual, promiscuous and reckless manner ultimately has
cans. Yet a failure to confront the nation’s long-term fiscal                       the effect of draining the charge of its potency. Genu-
situation is hurting the economy now by creating a cloud                            ine racism is a terrible thing, which is why it should be
of uncertainty for businesses. Even if Obama won’t take                             reserved for the real deal rather than used as a clumsy and
the risk of tackling entitlements, the Republicans must for                         transparently ideological club.” --Peter Wehner, senior
the greater good.” --The Washington Examiner                                        fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center

EssENtIaL LIbERty                                                                   “Even President Obama recognizes that his administra-
“However, with charity as with everything else, it cannot                           tion’s environmental agenda, with all its new rules and
simply be assumed that more is always better. A ‘safety                             regulations, is a massive job killer that is destroying the
net’ can easily become a hammock. ‘Social justice’ can                              economy. What is shameful about the President’s decision
easily become class warfare that polarizes a nation, while                          to delay the new ozone rule is that it’s all about improv-
leading those at the bottom into the blind alley of resent-                         ing his chances of being re-elected and has nothing to do
ments, no matter how many broad avenues of achieve-                                 with the economic damage that the rule would do. The
ment may be available to them.” --Thomas Sowell                                     fact that the President still wants to go ahead after he gets
                                                                                    re-elected with a regulation that has been estimated to cost
UpRIGHt                                                                             $1 trillion a year shows that he could care less about the
“In everyday life, when you don’t have something to say,                            U. S. economy and the millions of people who have lost
you avoid the stage. In our nation’s capital, by contrast,                          their jobs.” --Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center for
the world operates like the one Alice found behind the                              Energy and Environment
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“In addressing our economic challenges, Obama wants               Tea Party = barbarians? “You are the only folks keeping
more government because he and people like him believe            the barbarians from the gates. ... The other side has de-
(often against the raw evidence) that more government             clared war on labor’s house and it’s about time we stand
works; that experts know better than consumers, mer-              up!” --Joe Biden at the AFL-CIO Labor Day rally
chants and the like the ways that they should behave.
Obama progressives -- liberals as they called themselves          Tea Party = racists? “Some of these folks in Congress
before the term apparently became an embarrassment --             right now would love to see us as second-class citizens.
are offended by suggestions that economic decision mak-           Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party
ing can be turned over to a loose herd of consumers who           movement would love to see you and me ... hanging on a
don’t know a demand curve from a snowy egret’s nest.              tree.” --Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
Taxation is the great tool the progressives wield to make
sure consumers know their place in the economic order.”           VILLaGE IdIOts
--columnist William Murchison                                     Whatever happened to civility? “We gotta keep an eye on
                                                                  the battle that we face: A war on workers. And you see
INsIGHt                                                           it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there
“Count it the greatest sin to prefer life to honor, and for       is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing
the sake of living to lose what makes life worth having.”         about working people is we like a good fight. And you
--ancient Roman poet Juvenal                                      know what? They got a war, they got a war with us and
                                                                  there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the
“English experience indicates that when two political par-        workers of Michigan, and America. We’re gonna win that
ties agree about something, it is generally wrong.” --Eng-        war. ... President Obama, this is your army. We are ready
lish writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)                           to march. Let’s take these son of a b-----s out and give
                                                                  America back to an America where we belong.” --Team-
tHE dEmO-GOGUEs                                                   ster president Jimmy Hoffa Jr. (Barack Obama followed
Undeserved self-congratulation: “In the last several years,       up these comments by saying he was “proud” of Hoffa
we have pulled our country back from the brink, through a         and other union leaders.)
series of tough economic decisions. While we have come
far, great challenges still face us.” --Barack Obama              No apologies: “I would [say it again] because I believe
                                                                  it. They’ve declared war on us. We didn’t declare war on
Spread the wealth: “Now, the fact is our economy is               them, they declared war on us. We’re fighting back. The
stronger when workers are getting paid good wages and             question is, who started the war?” --Jimmy Hoffa, who
good benefits. Our economy is stronger when we have               stood by his remarks on three occasions
broad base growth and broad-based prosperity. That’s
what unions have always been about, shared prosperity.”           Declaring war: “This is a civil war struggle.” --Jesse
--Barack Obama                                                    Jackson

Freudian slip: “I think putting money back in the pockets         “Tea Party activists have denied accusations that their
of working families is the best way to get demand rising          movement is racist, and there is nothing intrinsically racist
because that then means business is hiring. That means            about opposing ‘big government’ or clean-energy legisla-
the government -- that means that the economy is grow-            tion or health care reform. But it is clear that the move-
ing.” --Barack Obama                                              ment is more appealing to people who are unsympathetic
                                                                  to blacks and who prefer a harder line on illegal immigra-
“Republicans who think the Recovery Act [stimulus]                tion than it is to other Americans.” --University of Cali-
didn’t work are simply wrong.” --DNC Chairwoman Deb-              fornia San Diego professor Gary C. Jacobson
bie Wasserman Schultz
                                                                  Excuses: “[Obama] wants to speak before Congress be-
Just keep spending: “The president must be bold. I agree          cause he recognizes that while there are things he can do
that he must have a jobs program, he must create jobs. I’m        without Congress, and he will do them, there are actions
talking about a jobs program of a trillion dollars or more.       that need to be taken with Congress that require legisla-
We’ve got to put Americans to work. That’s the only way           tion to grow the economy and create jobs. And he wants
to revitalize this economy.” --Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)          to go to Congress, speak directly to members of Congress,
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and layout his proposals.” --White House Press Secretary             Out on a Limb: “Obama Plan May Not Be Enough to Fix
Jay Carney                                                           Jobs Market” --MSNBC.com

dEZINFORmatsIa                                                       Bottom Story of the Day: “Yet Another (Failed) Obama
That’s racist! “[W]hat is it about this president that has           ‘Jobs Plan’” --Forbes.com
stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accom-
panies the office of the president? Why do Republicans               (Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)
think this president is unpresidential and should dare to
request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the       sHORt CUts
economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008               “Adolescence, like retirement, is an invention of the
or it could be, let’s face it, the color of his skin.” --MSN-        modern age. If the extension of retirement into a multi-
BC’s Richard Wolffe on Obama being asked to move his                 decade government-funded vacation is largely a function
jobs speech to a night other than tonight’s scheduled GOP            of increased life expectancy, the prolongation of adoles-
presidential debate                                                  cence seems to derive from the bleak fact that, without an
                                                                     efficient societal conveyor belt to move you on, it appears
Bemoaning Obama’s weakness: “Do you think that’s true                to be the default setting of huge swathes of humanity. It
that [Obama] hasn’t shown flexibility since he’s, he’s sort          was striking, during the Hurricane Irene frenzy, to hear
of come completely to the Republican tenor of the de-                the Federal Emergency Management Agency refer to it-
bate?” --ABC’s Christiane Amanpour                                   self repeatedly as ‘the federal family.’ If Big Government
                                                                     is a ‘family,’ with the bureaucracy as its parents, why be
Non compos mentis, Part I: “[T]he experience of the past             surprised that the citizens are content to live as eternal
two years has overwhelmingly confirmed what some of us               adolescents?” --columnist Mark Steyn
tried to argue from the beginning: The deficits we’re run-
ning right now -- deficits we should be running, because             “New statistics show the U.S. economy added zero jobs
deficit spending helps support a depressed economy -- are            in August. The White House cautioned Americans not
no threat at all. ... [W]e should have a lot of job-creating         to read too much into those numbers. What numbers?”
spending on the part of the federal government... But what           --comedian Jay Leno
will Republicans agree to? That’s easy: nothing. They will
oppose anything Mr. Obama proposes, even if it would                 “President Obama’s uncle Omar vowed to call the White
clearly help the economy -- or maybe I should say, espe-             House after he was arrested for drunken driving last Sun-
cially if it would help the economy, since high unemploy-            day near Boston. You have to feel for the poor guy. He’s
ment helps them politically.” --New York Times colum-                sitting in jail and the only guy he can call for bail money
nist Paul Krugman                                                    is fourteen trillion dollars in debt.” --comedian Argus
                                                                     Hamilton
Newspulper Headlines:
We Blame Global Warming: “Black Leaders Turn Up the                  “Maybe Obama was not even the person he was waiting
Heat on President Obama” --Politico.com                              for.” --New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd

Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Are Members of Congress                 Veritas vos Liberabit -- Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et
Paid Enough?” --Yahoo! News                                          Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for The Patriot Post’s
                                                                     editors and staff. Read online at http://patriotpost.us
Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control:
“Swedes Warned Over Looming Butter Shortage” --The-                  (Please pray for our Armed Forces standing in harm’s
Local.se                                                             way around the world, and for their families -- especially
                                                                     families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines
Breaking News From Genesis 3:8-13: “Police Search for                and Coast Guardsmen, who granted their lives in defense
Missing Apple Prototype” --The Wall Street Journal                   of American liberty.)




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