HotAir Daily Express 12/11/2012

Showdown in Michigan as legislature debates right-to-work laws
12/11/2012 10:01:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.  I remember this when it was called Madison in early 2011.  Unions screaming that forcing workers to fund their coffers represented the ideal of freedom, while teachers called in sick but managed to look pretty

Surprise: investors shifting resources to avoid tax hikes next year
12/11/2012 9:21:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember the difference between static and dynamic tax analysis?  The former posits that tax changes produces no change in market behavior, so that hiking taxes by 10% gets you 10% more in revenue.  The latter assumes that changes in tax codes forces

Video: US declares core of Syrian resistance an AQ affiliate
12/11/2012 8:41:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
They’re only about 10% of the rebel forces attempting to dislodge that noted reformer Bashar al-Assad, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reports, but Jabhat al-Nusra is the most effective and powerful part of the insurrection against the Iranian-backed

Benghazi security unarmed when attack started?
12/11/2012 8:01:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
How well prepared was the security team at the Benghazi consulate on the night of September 11th, in an area known to be rife with terrorist activity, on the anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks that killed almost 3,000 people eleven years earlier? 

Quotes of the day
12/10/2012 10:40:06 PM  Allahpundit
The deadline for resolving the fiscal crisis could be much closer than previously thought. Because of the head-spinning legislative logistics involved in crafting and passing a bill, congressional Republicans and the White House really would have to get

Video: Time to post that “Star Trek” trailer that you’ve probably already seen
12/10/2012 9:49:45 PM  Allahpundit
Why post it if you’ve already seen it? Because (a) with “The Walking Dead” on mid-season hiatus, I have nothing to whine about in the weekly Monday night whine-about-TV slot. And (b) I need a Trek fan to explain to me the appeal of this

Poll: 77% of Latino voters support raising taxes on the rich
12/10/2012 9:12:00 PM  Allahpundit
A friendly reminder to congressional Republicans before Obama’s big amnesty push that comprehensive immigration reform alone isn’t going to solve their problem with Latinos. According to a new impreMedia/Latino Decisions survey of more than

Charlie Crist: Sure, I’ll mindlessly follow the Democratic party line now on basically every issue
12/10/2012 8:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
If you don’t have time for the whole segment, enjoy 75 golden seconds starting at 3:00 in which Matthews presses him on how a former Republican turned “independent” can suddenly embrace Democratic orthodoxy from soup to nuts. Pay

Report: Prop 8 opponents lobbying DOJ to side with them in Supreme Court gay marriage case
12/10/2012 7:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
Nothing surprising about this, but in case there was doubt, here’s Greg Sargent to dispel it: The Obama Justice Department is not saying whether it will address this question. But sources tell me the legal team representing the plaintiffs in the

French socialists seem surprised, upset that wealthy actor has decided to jump ship
12/10/2012 7:01:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’m not really sure what it was they were expecting as an alternate outcome. Come on, ‘democratic socialists’ — you know you can float ideas for a 75 percent tax rate on top earners all you want, but don’t act like you

Bad news: Plurality of Americans believe Santa’s a Democrat
12/10/2012 6:21:36 PM  Allahpundit
C’mon now. In the great scheme of “makers” and “takers,” is there any purer “maker” than Santa? Besides, when it comes to correlations between political affiliation and private charity, there’s an obvious

Don’t forget: The coming death-tax dropkick
12/10/2012 5:41:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
Part of the upcoming “Forward, over the fiscal cliff!”-scenario we’re potentially looking at includes a big hike in estate taxes (or, as they’re perhaps more aptly called, death taxes). Currently, the estate tax is applied to

Newt: Let’s face it, Hillary’s going to be awfully tough to beat in 2016
12/10/2012 5:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
He doesn’t say it’s impossible, mind you. Just next to impossible. Dude, I’m nervous: “First of all, she’s very formidable as a person,” he said. “She’s a very competent person. She’s married to the

Obama: This Michigan right-to-work nonsense has nothing to do with economics
12/10/2012 4:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
Campaigning — er, I mean, speaking? — at a diesel engine factory in Michigan on Monday to yet again make the case for raising taxes on families making more than 250k/year, President Obama of course had to weigh in on the Michigan legislature

Surprise: New Egyptian dictator declares martial law ahead of constitutional referendum
12/10/2012 3:41:44 PM  Allahpundit
Remember when the Egyptian army was supposed to be a check on the Brotherhood’s power, not an arm of it? As his proposed compromise faded and tensions mounted on Sunday, Mr. Morsi followed through on plans announced the day before to authorize the

Good news: Perpetual campaign turns Obama voters into world’s worst telemarketers
12/10/2012 3:01:24 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Come on, not even a mini-fridge to sell me? On the bright side, if anything can turn the country against the Obama brigades, telemarketing for taxes may be just the ticket: Aiming to bring public pressure on Republicans to back higher taxes for the rich

Indicators: Consumer spending not looking too good
12/10/2012 2:21:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
At first glance, last week’s release of the monthly jobs report may have appeared to be good news — the unemployment rate technically fell to a recent low of 7.7 percent. Upon closer inspection, however, labor force participation also dropped

Poll: 64% of adults want federal government to defer to state marijuana laws; Update: So does Mitch Daniels
12/10/2012 1:38:21 PM  Allahpundit
The obligatory follow-up to Friday’s post wondering why Obama would want to sic the DOJ on weed users in Washington and Colorado when both states just voted to legalize it. Per Gallup, most Americans are wondering that too. On the underlying

Obama and Boehner met Sunday; the “lines of communication remain open.” So, there’s that.
12/10/2012 12:41:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
Breaking the pattern of presumably frosty phone calls only, President Obama and Speaker Boehner continued in their recent it’s-just-you-and-me-now, closed-off-from-the-public communications but actually met in person (and in private) at the White

NYT: Tax hikes for thee, not for me
12/10/2012 11:51:14 AM  Mary Katharine Ham
They’ve got their sweet subsidy and they’re not going to let it be jeopardized by something so silly as letting anyone else keep more of their own money: As they continue to wrangle over the year-end fiscal deadline, both Democrats and

Yep: Bankrupt Obama-stimulus recipient goes to the highest bidder, the highest bidder being China
12/10/2012 10:41:22 AM  Erika Johnsen
Let me get my obligatory free-trade qualifier out of the way here first: It’s not so much that there’s anything at all wrong with businesses buying and selling on the international arena, because foreign markets may have demands for products