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A 2.5% Income Tax Surcharge?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

That’s what Arnold and the “leaders” of the state legislature have come up with, as well as a massive gas tax hike, vehicle fee hike, and sales tax hike.

Watch the line form at the door for productive people to pull up stakes. This is nuts. California doesn’t deserve government this dim.

It appears as well that the federal bailout money will be used to reduce the spending “cuts,” not the tax hikes, making this a fraud from the start.

If the GOP delivers the votes for this “deal,” all of the GOP legislators will suffer the consequences, not just the termed-out sacrificial lambs who hope to take one for their friends. It won’t work that way. And it shouldn’t.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

When satellites collide.

Big question: How will President Obama and Congressional Democrats blame Bush for this?

“Great Powers” with Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Part 2

Wednesday, February 11, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

In the second hour of today’s program I will air the second in a series of interviews with Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett about his new book Great Powers. Today’s conversation is about chapter 3, a fascinating and provocative survey of American history organized around the argument that the U.S. has globalism built into its collective DNA, and that other nations, especially China, that seek expansion of their economic reach and political influence are following a path first cleared by us. Whether or not you agree that Vladimir Putin parallels Andrew Jackson, or that Jackson’s clearing of the Seminoles from Florida was our “first Tibet,” you will be drawn into the narrative if only for its glowing assessment of the Nixon-Reagan grand strategy that led to the crippling of the U.S.S.R.

The transcript of the first interview with Dr. Barnett is here.

Order the book from here.

Great Powers: America and the World After Bush

Barnett’s assessment of our first interview is here.

19 Dead v. 21 Dead

Wednesday, February 11, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

An attack by Taliban rebels in Kabul leaves 19 dead, and is featured prominently by the New York Times. The “attacks in the capital underlined the severity of the challenge facing American policy-makers.” No doubt about that. This sort of large scale assault conveys that the attacking force can menace the society for a long time to come.

There was another attack reported in the Times yesterday. The episode got a paragraph, even though it left 21 dead, and occurred 80 miles from El Paso, in Mexico. From the paragraph:

Soldiers in the state of Chihuahua chased and killed 14 armed men who had kidnapped nine people and killed six of them on Tuesday. One soldier was killed by the kidnappers, believed to be drug traffickers, bringing the death toll to 21. The gunmen took the hostages from the ranching town of Villa Ahumada and drove them to an isolated farm where six were killed, said Enrique Torres, a spokesman for the federal government’s antidrug operation in the state. A military convoy caught up with the kidnappers about 80 miles south of El Paso, killed seven of them and freed the remaining three hostages. Soldiers then pursued the other seven gunmen through heavy snow and killed them in a shootout.

Four other people were killed in Juarez as well, bringing the death toll near that part of the border to 25, according to the El Paso Times.

Frank Dowse of the the Agemus Group, an international security consulting firm based in San Diego, has been writing at American Sentry blog about Mexico’s hidden civil war, but most of MSM isn’t paying much attention to the rising instability on our doorstep.

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