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NRN - The Daily Wrap-Up 

June 10, 2010
4:00 PM Eastern


Good Thursday Afternoon -

In a few moments, the Senate will vote on the resolution offered by Lisa Murkowski to block the EPA from enforcing new regulations. Below is some information on the vote:

This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an executive business meeting where they discussed Obama's nomination of Judge Robert Chatigny. Read about Chatigny here.

Cartoon of the day, "America's CEO".

Organized labor flushed their members' money down the toilet. From Adam Bitely, "At the same time Big Labor was spending money like drunken sailors in Arkansas, their lobbyists stand with their hands out demanding that taxpayers bail out their dramatically underfunded pension systems  to the tune of a possible $165 billion."

Antitrust rules, damage caps should be reconsidered. Kevin Mooney writes, "Standing behind the after affects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is an incestuous relationship between big business and big government that grew out of regulatory stipulations liberal media outlets have long championed. Although the New York Times has done an effective job of exposing BP's negligence, it has overlooked the role of public policy."

Washington Examiner: Obama falls headfirst into the hypocrisy trap. Chris Stirewalt writes of Obama, "His compulsive, reflexive finger-pointing at Republicans, George W. Bush and vague villains on the right is not only unbecoming, it also reinforces the gathering public verdict that Obama is a weakling."

Washignton Times: Obama team honors Walpin-gate transgressor. "Only in the Obama administration would a public official sanctioned for a form of malfeasance be honored as a speaker by the same organization that sanctioned him. It helps, of course, when he is a self-proclaimed Friend of the First Couple. It also doesn't hurt that the administration already found it politically convenient to fire the inspector general, Gerald Walpin, who blew the whistle on his misdeeds."

The Daily Caller: ACORN employees tells FBIof deliberate election fraud, according to new documents. "The radical activist group ACORN "works" for the Democratic Party and deliberately promotes election fraud, ACORN employees told FBI investigators, according to an FBI document dump Wednesday."

Politico: Lawmakers seek to gut ethics office. "Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have led the charge, airing complaints about the aggressive, independent panel in a private session with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last month, and they've drafted a resolution that, if approved, would severely curtail the panel's power."


NRN - The Daily Wrap-Up 

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."

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ALG Blasts Obama Administration for "Crushing the Private Sector" 

"Never before have the American people been faced with an Administration so hostile to the private sector, and so ideologically-driven as to restrict opportunity in ways that threaten the future prosperity of the nation."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

June 4th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today blasted Obama Administration policies that he said are "crushing the marketplace of jobs that once made the American economy an robust engine of opportunity."

"The whole premise of deficit-spending 'stimulus' being used to address the recession has been turned on its head by the sovereign debt crisis that threatens the solvency of nations throughout the world," Wilson said.

"Debt and overspending are the problem.  The economy is clearly being weakened by government excess, and it is hurting the American people, who are looking for jobs and instead are finding stagnation," Wilson added, pointing to what he termed to be a "weak jobs report."

Wilson pointed to a recent USA Today report that documented private wages sinking as a share of personal income while government benefits are increasing as "evidence that government is crowding out, and indeed crushing the private sector.  Today's job numbers show an increase of 411,000 government Census jobs but only an anemic 41,000 private sector jobs created."

Wilson also noted that unemployment was disproportionately affecting young people.  Youth unemployment rose to 24.4 percent last month, compared with an overall 9.7 percent unemployment rate. 

"Not only is government burdening future generations with an insurmountable debt that will rise to over $20 trillion by 2020, which cannot possibly be paid, its policies are making it harder for young people to enter the workforce and gather experience," Wilson said.

Wilson highlighted a piece published today by John Stossel about the Department of Labor eliminating unpaid internships as "a small example of Obama regulations that are eliminating opportunities for young people to gain experience and become more marketable employees."

"Only the Obama Administration would push for billions in increased public education spending to 'train' future workers with an outdated curricula while simultaneously eliminating unpaid government internships — where students and young professionals gain real-world work experience — whose cost is minimal," Wilson lamented.

"Never before have the American people been faced with an Administration so hostile to the private sector, and so ideologically-driven as to restrict opportunity in ways that threaten the future prosperity of the nation," Wilson concluded.


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ALG - Obama oil spill containment effort: Incompetent or Willful Neglect?

Fairfax, VA – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's May 3rd request to the Obama Administration to build barriers off the Louisiana shoreline to stop oil from reaching pristine areas has been met with an additional delay as Obama Administration National Incident Commander, Admiral Thad Allen issued a request for public comments over the Internet today.

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson reacted to the delays saying, "It is outrageous that fully one month after this request was filed, Obama's man on the ground, is busy soliciting Internet comments rather than taking action."

Governor Jindal  was joined by local Louisiana officials in submitting the barrier island containment plan and discussing it directly with the President on May 2, gaining what seemed like Presidential approval for an expedited approval process to contain the oil.  One month later, President's man on the ground is taking an Internet survey.

Wilson concluded saying, "Crisis management by Internet comments is no way to operate, and goes to the heart of the question whether this Administration is simply grossly incompetent or willfully negligent.  Every ounce of oil that hits the beaches and marshlands is on Obama's hands."

Americans for Limited Government published a commentary today questioning the Obama Administration's commitment to containing the oil spill given their seeming obstructionism and disengagement over the past month and a half.