At the same time that the federal government is making a dumb move here in Massachusetts Gov Patrick, (David Axelrod’s dry run for President Obama) is doing it as well on a smaller scale:

The good news is that Deval Patrick has been declared “America’s Best Governor” by the state’s taxpayers and small business owners.

The bad news? That state is New Hampshire.

If you own a convenience store, restaurant or packie north of Massachusetts, you’ve got to have a man crush on Patrick. Just months after packing your store with Bay State smokers saving $20 a carton on cigs, Patrick wants higher state taxes on beer, booze, candy bars and soda, too. Not to mention meals and hotel rooms.

Now Massachusetts is a small state physically. No part of it is more than 40 min from the border of another state, and no part of it is more than 90 minutes from New Hampshire.

But lets say you don’t smoke or drink very little as I do. I’m not likely to take a 20 min drive to save 4 bucks on a fill-up. So instead lets make a day of it:

After Mass we’ll stop at Parker’s Maple Barn (they re-open Feb 11th) and have a big breakfast, maybe pick up a Yankee Candle or a hat at the shop there. Once done we can hit a mall and the wife can do some shopping. My boys are into Comics, games and Doctor Who. There are some really good hobby shops in Nashua, we can catch a movie once we are done or in warmer weather play some mini golf and perhaps we’ll even hit a restaurant before filling up the tank and heading home.

Now instead of just the gas station , coffee shop, the local mall, comic store, movie theater and maybe the restaurant have all lost my business. Multiply this by hundreds and it adds up.

Well they never learn?

You might remember Samantha Power who’s views on Israel were a bit of an issue but her statements about the now secretary of state were embarrassing enough to remove her from the campaign. But not embarrassing enough to keep her out of the administration:

Officials familiar with the decision say Obama has tapped Power to be senior director for multilateral affairs at the National Security Council, a job that will require close contact and potential travel with Clinton, who is now secretary of state. NSC staffers often accompany the secretary of state on foreign trips.

If case you’ve forgotten her:

National Review:

Many readers back in 2002 will remember Palestinian allegations of a “Jenin Massacre” which both the U.N. and many journalists hyped. The ensuing investigation, however, showed that there had been no massacre, and that Palestinian claims of casualties were exponentially exaggerated. At a George Soros-funded conference since published in the volume Ethnic Violence and Justice (2003), Power seemed upset that The New York Times had chosen to correct the narrative about Jenin, instead of holding Israel’s feet to the fire over allegations of its human rights violation.

Commentary mag Noah Pollak:

Power is not just assenting to the Israel Lobby view of American foreign policy, but is also arguing that Israel had something to do with the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003–an appalling slander, and a telling one.

Also of note is a recent opinion piece Power wrote for TIME magazine, titled “Rethinking Iran,” the thrust of which rethinking involves the need to engage diplomatically the mullahs and pretend that the Iranian nuclear program is a figment of the paranoid imagination of the Bush administration.

Israpundit:

Power has argued that the US should stop financially supporting Israel’s military and instead invest in a Palestinian state, with US forces on the ground to protect it from genocide by Israel. She has also expressed annoyance that the New York Times had admitted there had been no 2002 massacre of Palestinians by Israel in Jenin and condemned Israel for allegedly committing human rights abuses.

A clip on the subject:

And finally Abe Greenwald yesterday on Obama’s moves in general:

It is fascinating watching “progressives” who’ve lectured everyone about the sins of America in supporting dictatorships and oppressive regimes during the Cold War now turn silent when America embraces that same amoral approach when it no longer faces nuclear annihilation.

President Obama is freely willing – in total silence – to work with oppresive regimes and dictators and respect their sovereigny if they unclench their fists against us. Meanwhile, they can use that fist ad libitum, so to speak, against their own people without one word of criticism from the US. Respect, you see, is the new game in town.

Stability isn’t always a good thing. In 1850 “stability” would have been strict enforcement of the Fugitive slave law. In 1954 “Stability” would have been rejecting Brown vs Board of Education since Plessy v Ferguson was established law for nearly 60 years. Stability would have been keeping the Berlin Wall up.

Gotta love this stuff.

Carter 7 Arthur 2 I don’t know if I’m going to have a 10 run mercy rule.

Via LGF

Update: Did I fail to mention that American Jews voted overwhelmingly for Obama? Hey you pays your money and you takes your chances.

You know If I’m the democrats and I really believed that this bill was a great idea and would work; I’d be thrilled.

I’d be thinking that I can take full credit, when the solution comes New Deal 2 earn the love of the country. This will keep us in power for decades and be written in the history books as a triumph!

I wonder my that isn’t the case? Actually I don’t wonder. If you do re-read my posts here and here.

Update: Rush backs me up.

The more I see the more I’ve convinced that MSNBC needs Rush Limbaugh to be the big dog in the yard.

All of MSNBC is setup as an adversarial network. Fawning over someone will not bring ratings. If Rush can be the star of the show then they have something to push back on.

Just a thought.

Morning Joe seems to be all over Rush today.

Update: That changed after the 7:00 hour the Rush word hasn’t been said.

7:27 a.m. If Russia and China is blaming the US for their financial worries does that mean it was our fault when they were doing good?

8:01 a.m. What is in this bill that would make a republican vote for it? Nothing says money party.

8:04 a.m. There is an argument that the tax cuts create deficits while money party says argues that it is more efficient than borrowing.

8:05 a.m. This is why Morning Joe is the best morning show you get a discussion. It’s the only worthwhile show on MSNBC.

8:08 a.m. They had them for dinner, he had them for drinks, he was nice to them says Andrea Mitchell yet they didn’t vote with him. How dare they not sell their principles for a few drinks.

8:11 a.m. I’d rather have Obama than Limbaugh to be afraid of.

Can someone explain to me why voting against this bill is an act of fear by republicans while democrats voting for a bill they haven’t read is not an act of fear of not doing something?

8:24 a.m. Vanden-Huval is being contested I love it.

8:25 a.m. The president is new but he is doing something? Isn’t that just the job description?

8:27 a.m. The guy who froze to death should have declared himself a bank holding company. She’s right about that.

8:29 a.m. TARP money spending was wrong, oh God she’s talking sense…until she follow up with Capitalism has failed and need replacing. When your goal is socialism or worse everything is a reason to go for it.

You might think that I’m outraged over President Obama’s letter to the president of Iran.

You would be wrong.

Do I think it will help? Likely not. Do I think the Iranians will use it as a propaganda tool? Likely they will. Do I think that Iran will use this to demand concessions from us? Sure. Do I think that they will use any contacts to stall us while they build their bomb? Without question.

Then why no outrage?

Listen if anyone at all thinks that the president was going to take strong decisive action to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities you have been smoking something, in fact his actions suggest he won’t even support democratic movements in Iran. This is not even slightly a surprise and I don’t get outraged over stuff I already know.

Bush Derangement Syndrome means that the only way we can convince our liberal friends that this stuff won’t work is to let it be tried and fail. It still won’t convince some of them, in fact some may actually want Iran to have the bomb, but it will convince some and until reasonable people on the left get a chance to try things their way they won’t consider the alternative.

And hey anything is possible, maybe it works out.

I’m counting on Israel on this one. They know what is coming down the pike and they aren’t going to consent to become a glowing spot on the Mediterranean Sea just to make the rest of the world happy.

Hey we had an election, you pays your money and you takes your chances.

Well the stimulus passed with NO republican votes and missing 10 democrats as well.

Obama and the Democrats now own it.

There is, in my opinion, a million to one shot that it works. And if it does then the Democrats will deserve all the credit and rightly so.

However if it falls flat on his face it will be totally owned by the Democrats and congress is going to absolutely LOVE it in 2010.

Round up: (Will be updated as I find stuff)

Hotair: Either way, for good or ill, this is entirely the Democrats’ baby now.

Brutally Honest: I remind each of you… when you hear hope and change…Think smoke and mirrors. The hard left agenda is being enacted. We may never recover.

Michelle Malkin: Dems who voted NAY: Griffith, Peterson, Boyd, Bright, Kanjorski, Kratovil, Cooper, Taylor, Ellsworth, Minnick, and Shuler. Now, that’s bipartisanship we can believe in!

The Corner: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R., N.C.): “I am glad that this vote demonstrated bipartisan opposition to the bill, instead of bipartisan support.”

Neoavatara: Clearly, Mr. Obama isn’t responsible for what happens in the economy tomorrow, or the next month, or even the next six months. But he has now firmly taken the helm of the sinking ship. And once taking command, the captain either sails off into the sunset, or goes down with the ship.

Gay Conservative: Republicans in the House appear to be heading in the right direction. I seriously hope this continues.

Gateway Pundit: Pelosi and democrats celebrate historic trillion dollar spending binge before the votes were even counted.

The Other McCain: Kazart! Republicans grow a pair!

Three steps Forward: I have come to firmly believe that the Republican Party is trying to ruin the country.

World News of Interest: Welcome to the New Deal 2.0 – and let’s wish all of us the same success the first one brought us. Without that FDR’s bold approach, we’d be a much weaker nation even today.

The Irascible Chef: So, why are the current solutions to the current financial disaster any different? If we don’t act now, the end of the world will be thrust upon us! And then after the appeasement happens… I want more!

Talk Left: The House just passed the stimulus bill by a vote of 244-188. I think 2 NO Republicans voted for the bill.

Sister Toldjah: Show of hands how many think McCain will provide much resistance on this bill?

Moderate in the Middle
: if you believe in the program and have enough votes in your party, pass it without the GOP, take the political hit….and hey dont beee saaaaddd cause two out of three ain’t baaaaddddd….

Joint Effort: Not One Vote!

America’s Watchtower: President Obama is poised to pull off the greatest and most expensive fraud ever perpetrated on the American people. This fraud will even dwarf the global warming swindle legislation that he will also try to pass.

Powerline: Congratulations to the House Republicans: all 177 voted against the Democrats’ pork-fest bill. Eleven Democrats joined the Republicans in rejecting Nancy Pelosi’s fiscal insanity, which, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed yesterday, would actually cost $1.1 trillion.

A Time for Change: Republicans have suddenly come to Jesus and think of themselves as fiscally conservative after they have spent like wildfire for 8 years. Now when we need spending most, and a lot of it, they decide to conserve, which is the last thing that we need.

Wizbang: The House has passed Obama’s Stimulus Package, and you won’t believe some of the dead weight thrown in which has nothing to do with “stimulating” anything, least of all the economy.

Flopping Aces: When you consider that all federal spending for budget year 2008 was less than $3 trillion you quickly realize that we are embarking on the most massive big government spending spree of all time

Oliver Willis: No Republicans on board, but as we know… elections have consequences. The party of no can party along as the rest of us do work.

Ann Althouse: “[S]ome news organizations have been less than diligent in telling you that other respectable economists are deeply skeptical of the idea, flatly oppose it or favor competing proposals such as additional tax relief. The University of Chicago’s Gary Becker, another Nobel laureate, warns that ‘the true value of these government programs may be limited because they will be put together hastily, and are likely to contain a lot of political pork and other inefficiencies.'”

Talking Points Memo: Guess that dinner at the White House didn’t go so well.

Gay Patriot: Let’s hope that the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can hold his caucus together to filibuster the stimulus. The longer it takes Democrats to pass the “stimulus,” the more time people will have to see that it contains billions of dollars for to Democratic constituencies and interest groups. They’ll ask their representatives whey we are increasing government spending when the federal government is running record deficits.


Matthew Mundy
: if Obama was going to get nothing from the GOP in return for including their ideologically charged, economically inefficient stimulus suggestions, he shouldn’t have included them in the first place.

Spreading the Word: After the President listened and tweaked, not one Republican voted for the stimulus in the House. Not one. The measure of their impotence, though, is that it passed anyway.

Nathan Hale’s Ghost: Not even one caved to the Democrats. I’m actually impressed. They need at least two of them to cave in the Senate to get this passed. We will wait and see.

Confederate Yankee: Congratulations, Mr. President. But also keep in mind that your leadership also saddles you with executive responsibility for the very first time in your life, and history will not likely be kind to the memory of an arrogant neophyte that attempted to spend his way out of debt.

Toby Harnden: Obama said yesterday he did not feel he had ownership of the bill. Be that as it may, if it goes through the Senate in similar fashion and is signed into law then – the efforts of Pelosio and Senator Harry Reid notwithstanding – it will be his and his alone.

Some pre- passing commentary:

The Anchoress: The package does not seem to create many jobs at all – but it does keep shoveling money at the people who waste it while producing nothing and creating few jobs.

Reason: Even as President Obama promises that the federal government will spend the $1 trillion or so contemplated in the stimulus legislation in a utterly open, totally transparent, and absolutely accountable way, he demands that members of Congress vote for the 647-page monstrosity before they can possibly have time to read and digest it.

The Bivouac youtube’s Dennis Kucinich on the bill.

Jane Q. Republican: “It’s official: the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the congressional Democrats’ legislation is the trillion dollar spending bill that we all feared it would be.”

Marc Ambinder explains why Republicans who are in trouble should vote for the stimulus bill:

Now – President Obama’s approval rating is about 70%;

Congressional approval is still around 20%;

After the election, Democrats still have a 9 point lead in generic identification.

The public approves of the stimulus plan by a very large margin – the numbers vary with the wording of the poll question, but it’s at least a plus 40%.

Obama is the most talented political figure of our generation – Boehner and McConnell are, uh, less talented.

Obama’s got the megaphone, they’ve got…

Two points both like the article on strictly political grounds:

Does anyone remember the approval ratings for President Bush after 9/11 and before the votes on the Iraq war? That sure worked out for house members at the time didn’t it?

This is the same advice that might have been given to republicans in the first two years of the Clinton administration. Not taking it gave them control of the house for the first time in 40 years.

Anyone who thinks a vulnerable republican congressman who goes along with this plan will survive a primary challenge is silly. Remember our democrat friends were the same ones who told us McCain was the man to win with.

Bold prediction time: Anyone who thinks Obama will have approval ratings in the 60’s in two years is dead wrong. They will not be above 50%. It would not surprise me to see his ratings in the low 40’s.

Tim Blair notes that art for arts sake has now been replaced by Show me the money:

As the Obama administration tackles the challenge of shoring up the economy through infusions of capital and job creation, cultural leaders are urging the president not to forget arts institutions, which are also reeling from the market downturn.

“We wanted to make sure arts were not left out of the recovery,” said Robert L. Lynch, president of Americans for the Arts, a national lobbying group. “The artist’s paycheck is every bit as important as the steelworker’s paycheck or the autoworker’s paycheck.”

Read the whole thing, nobody does a comedy fisking like Blair

…It’s going so well that rep Phil Gingrey is on Rush’s show at his request backtracking faster than Michael Phelps in a pool.

Update: Could the Obama administration have demonstrated the power and dependency of Republican congressmen on Rush’s support to keep their seats in any more effective way?

Money quote from a police officer unwilling to show is face for fear of losing his job

And a warning at the end: “It will happen to you if you let it.” Via Glenn.

I can’t find where I read it but years ago somebody wrote about an old news article about a daylight robbery in England about 100 years ago. Gentlemen hearing of this produced their revolvers and helped in the pursuit of the man in question. This illustrates the difference between British society today and before. Today people would find so many people armed outrageous and unacceptable. The British man of the Edwardian era would have found armed robbery outrageous and unacceptable. That really says it all.