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Legitimate Questions for the President

by Sarah Palin on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 6:01pm

Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive “cross-cultural engagement” and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven’t they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren’t you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson’s generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven’t they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as “hallowed ground”? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.

– Sarah Palin

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Collapse | The Weekly Standard

The left has collapsed.

Its political support has collapsed. Public opinion polls point to a historic repudiation of the president and the Democratic party this fall—something on the order of a 60-seat Republican gain in the House. The GOP has an outside shot at taking the Senate as well.

Its claim to intellectual integrity has collapsed. Paul Krugman—Ivy League professor, New York Times columnist, and Nobel laureate (the holy trinity of the liberal establishment)—has humiliated himself with a startlingly dishonest attack on Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. Krugman, called out by Ryan, rebuked by honest analysts, and unwilling to concede his errors, has retreated into uncharacteristic abashed silence.

Its Leninist discipline has collapsed. Last week, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs complained about the craziness of the “professional left” in the punditocracy. “Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs explained. “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality. .  .  . They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.” Members of the professional left hit back at Gibbs, dubbing the Obama White House the “amateur left.”

Its democratic credibility has collapsed. In recent weeks, the left has the arbitrary rulings and sophistic arguments of federal judges who have overturned an immigration statute that mirrors federal law passed by the state legislature in Arizona, and a constitutional amendment, defining marriage as it has been defined for all of American history, enacted by the citizens of California. The left has also heaped praise on New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, as he, having bought his way to a narrow reelection, showered disdain and contempt on the majority of his fellow New Yorkers who object to a mosque next to Ground Zero.

And its good humor (such as it was) has collapsed, as Politico’s Ben Smith reported last week.

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Expect a Lot of Obamacare Talk Between Now and November – The Campaign Spot – National Review Online

The National Republican Senatorial Committee assesses the results in Missouri:

Yesterday’s election results in the key swing state of Missouri — particularly the success of Proposition C — are more than just evidence of voters’ overwhelming opposition to President Obama’s costly and unpopular health care takeover. A closer look at the numbers reveals further evidence of the massive enthusiasm gap that fired-up Republicans and fiscally responsible Independents currently enjoy over Democrats with just 90 days until Election Day.

In their respective primaries, Republican nominee Roy Blunt received roughly 145,000 more votes statewide than his Democrat opponent Robin Carnahan, despite the fact that Blunt faced eight opponents while Carnahan faced only two. Blunt even won nearly 500 more votes than Carnahan in St. Louis County, the state’s most heavily Democrat region.

Show Me State voters also approved Proposition C — which attempts to shield Missourians from the Washington Democrats’ mandate to buy ObamaCare — by a massive 71-29 margin. Recent surveys show that 61 percent of Missourians oppose the Democrats’ recent health care law. Notably, Carnahan has fully and enthusiastically endorsed President Obama’s health care overhaul, and she voted against Proposition C.

As one of the President’s chief priorities, there’s no doubt that his health care bill will be among the key issues that voters weigh this November. With our national debt skyrocketing to a record $13 trillion and unemployment still burdening middle class families and small business owners, President Obama and the Washington Democrats’ decision to ram this massive health spending bill into law will certainly motivate Republicans, Republican-leaning, and Independent voters this November.

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Prop C passes overwhelmingly

Prop C passes overwhelmingly

Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama’s administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

“The citizens of the Show-Me State don’t want Washington involved in their health care decisions,” said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

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Republican Study Committee (RSC) – The Caucus of House Conservatives

Health Reform’s Bureaucratic Spawn

Don’t bother trying to count up the number of agencies, boards and commissions created under the new health care law. Estimating the number is “impossible,” a recent Congressional Research Service report says, and a true count “unknowable.”

The reasons for the uncertainty are many, according to CRS’s Curtis W. Copeland, the author of the report “New Entities Created Pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

The provisions of the law that create the new entities vary dramatically in specificity.

The law says a lot about some of them and a little about many, and merely mentions a few. Some have been authorized without any instructions on who is to appoint whom, when that might happen and who will pay.

Those agencies created without specific appointment or appropriations procedures will have to wait indefinitely for staff and funding before they can function, according to Copeland’s report.

And others could be just the opposite: One entity might not be enough and could spawn others, resulting in an “indeterminate number of new organizations.”

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Republican Study Committee (RSC) – The Caucus of House Conservatives

Yes, Virginia…ObamaCare is unconstitutional.

All the smart people in the political, media and legal classes know that ObamaCare is constitutional and anyone who says otherwise is frivolous. This faux consensus, however, does not include a U.S. district court judge in Virginia, who yesterday rejected the Administration’s argument that one of the key constitutional challenges should be dismissed outright. Now the case will proceed to arguments on the merits this fall.

The White House actually put out a statement on the decision analogizing opposition to ObamaCare to opposition to the Civil Rights Act. The point of this exercise is to intimidate and demonize Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the other states that have sued, rather than addressing the substance of their claims. And little wonder, after reading Judge Henry Hudson’s opinion.

The strongest constitutional case against ObamaCare turns on the individual mandate, the requirement that everyone buy health insurance or else pay a penalty. Judge Hudson notes that ObamaCare “literally forges new ground and extends Commerce Clause powers beyond its current high watermark.” The core question is “whether or not Congress has the power to regulate—and tax—a citizen’s decision not to participate in interstate commerce,” as Judge Hudson rightly notes.

We have been instructed that the individual mandate is constitutional under the Commerce Clause, full stop. If so, why did the Justice Department think it necessary to fortify this argument with a new theory that the mandate is also sanctioned by the taxing power? During the health-care debate, Democrats vociferously denied that the penalty was a tax at all, including the President himself, who said in an ABC interview last September that “I absolutely reject that notion.” At any rate, Judge Hudson also points out that this power is “not without limitation” either.

Judge Hudson concluded that “this case raises a host of complex constitutional issues” and “unquestionably, this regulation radically changes the landscape of health insurance coverage in America.” Liberals may be forced to take ObamaCare opponents seriously after all.

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