June 9, 2010
4:00 PM Eastern
Good Wednesday Afternoon -
High noon for the EPA is tomorrow. The Senate will vote on the resolution to stop the EPA from enforcing its carbon dioxide endangerment finding. Currently, Scott Brown joins the two Senators from Maine who have not declared how they intend to vote on the measure.
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) announced that he will stand with Murkowski and the GOP in the Senate on Thursday by voting for the resolution to stop the EPA.
Apocalyptic EPA should not be setting energy policy. "On Thursday, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a joint resolution by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski that would overturn a gloomy finding by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Last year, the agency found that carbon dioxide is a harmful pollutant under the Clean Air Act whose concentration in the atmosphere will do almost everything short of causing an Apocalypse."
The Tea Party Movement connects with the candidates on the basis of ideas, not party."Contrary to what has been widely circulated in the New York Times and elsewhere, the Tea Party movement presents both parties with challenges and liabilities. The recent Democratic victory in Pennsylvania's special House election shows that a small government message transcends party labels."
A Stalin memorial was erected in Virginia. "At the National D-Day Memorial ceremony this past Sunday in Bedford, Va., memorial officials unveiled a bust of USSR dictator and mass murderer Joseph Stalin. No joke.
IBD: U.S. embraces model that has failed Europe. "The modern European welfare state has proven unsustainable. From Greece to Britain, from France to Portugal, European countries are slashing social welfare benefits, raising the retirement age and dismantling government bureaucracies. Yet, even as Europe is learning that you can't forever rob Peter in order to pay Paul, the U.S. is racing to transform itself into a copy of the failing European model."
Washington Examiner: Obama's federal spending doubletalk. "White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag announced with great fanfare Tuesday that President Obama wants all nonsecurity agencies to cut spending by 5 percent. As the Washington Post described it, this is 'the latest in a series of initiatives, legislative proposals and veto threats in recent weeks aimed at demonstrating that Obama is minding every penny.' Well, pardon us, please, for being the skunk at the party, but why should anybody take seriously any of these White House PR campaigns to make Obama look responsible on the spending issue? After all, in less than two years in the Oval Office, Obama had added more than $4 trillion to scheduled federal spending, driven the annual budget deficit from $467 billion in 2008 to nearly $1.6 trillion in 2010, and pushed the national debt from $10.6 trillion to more than $13 trillion. All of these marks are mileposts on the road to fiscal calamity."