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Why Democrats Should Fear the Tea Party

You can tell that someone feels threatened by you when they publicly degrade and poke fun at you.    Given that standard, the Tea Party has been under the skin of Democrats from the day that it sprung to life a little more than 2 years ago.  As recent as the current budget battle, Harry Reid blames the Tea Party for not allowing Republicans to compromise on the Federal budget and perpetuate the excessive government spending.   Thanks Harry.  That’s the nicest thing you’ve said about the Tea Party in recent memory.

 

But why does the Democratic leadership actually fear the impact of the Tea Party?  Yes the Tea Party is on the other side of the ideological spectrum from the Far Left wing of the Democratic Party.  Clearly the Tea Party is fiscally conservative, believes in constitutionally limited government, and favors free market solutions.   However those positions are an accurate description of most conservative voters’ beliefs so that isn’t what is under the Democratic leaders’ skin.

The average Tea Party member is over 35 years old.    That fact aligns with the  typical  conservative voting demographic that  includes individuals over 35 Continue reading

Who’s the Extremist Now?

Who’s the Extremist Now?

The president would have shut down government over Planned Parenthood funding.

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The senior senator from New York was on to something when he complained about ideology getting in the way of spending cuts. Just not in the way he would have us believe.

Appearing on MSNBC on Friday before the budget deal was finally cut, Sen. Charles Schumer launched a pre-emptive blame strike. “We are on the one-yard line,” he complained, “but Republicans in the House are making a goal-line stand on women’s health, which has nothing—nothing—to do with the budget.” The reference was to a GOP bid to strip Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

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Congress wants to raise the debt limit 2 $trillion$

The Obama administration has been sounding hazard warnings all year on the need to raise the U.S. debt limit, but it has yet to deliver the worst news: Congress may have to raise it by more than $2 trillion.
Neither the administration nor lawmakers in Congress want to talk about it, but an increase of at least $1 trillion is needed to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, an analysis of deficit forecasts and U.S. Treasury borrowing needs shows.

To last until the November 2012 presidential election, the increase would need to be well over $2 trillion.

The figures are politically hard to swallow.

Getting an increase with a “trillion” handle on it seems unlikely for a Congress with many freshman Republican lawmakers bent on keeping campaign promises to slash spending.

Any increase may be part of a comprehensive budget plan lawmakers need to hammer out as the year progresses. With a multi-trillion price tag difficult to swallow, Congress may opt for a tortuous string of smaller increases. In the process they could bring the United States close to default.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner won’t say how much of an increase he wants. Instead, administration officials say it needs congressional action and is in lawmakers’ hands.

Some in Congress think otherwise.

“The number is up to Treasury,” Senator Richard Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, told Reuters on Tuesday. “I want to raise it to whatever is necessary to make sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is not jeopardized.”
Geithner has warned of “catastrophic” consequences if the debt limit is not raised and the United States defaults on its debt and other obligations.

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Glenn Beck to Leave Fox News Program

Updated: Glenn Beck is out at Fox News Channel.

Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts and FNC have reached a deal which will see Beck  “transition off of his daily program” later in 2011.

Beck’s much-reported troubles with the advertising community are believed to play a role in the decision.

Nonetheless, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has on a few occasions defended Beck and his program from advertiser issues, including in a call with shareholders last year:

One wanted to know how long Fox News would “subsidize” the show, which is “filled with house ads.”

“It’s not subsidizing the show at all,” Murdoch fired back, adding that the theatrical Beck gives “a terrific kickoff” to the Fox News evening lineup.

Of course, advertisers like Goldline are not paying the same CPMs that FNC’s other major advertisers were paying, so eventually something would have to give.

As Beck’s ratings have declined over the last year, the economics became even dicier. He may have the number three show in cable news, but without strong advertiser support, it is hard to be sustainable long term.

The deal also includes a production and development deal, which will have Beck and FNC  “work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the FOX News Channel (FNC) as well as content for other platforms including FOX News’ digital properties.”

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