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Everybody Knows Every Story

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Powerline’s John Hinderaker has a very important post on an exchange about the Black Panthers story that involved California Congressman Brad Sherman, who told a town hall meeting that he wasn’t aware of the case, which provoked an angry reaction from the crowd.

Sherman was either lying or telegraphing his woeful disconnect from any news he doesn’t want to consider as important to him. The Panther story has been everywhere for a week, and Sherman’s profession of ignorance was instantly understood by the crowd as either deception or irresponsibility. John notes that the crowd is very well-informed and that MSM cannot black out stories it doesn’t like anymore and this is exactly correct. Democratic congressmen are serially getting caught unprepared or defensive in their responses to an active and informed citizenry that is disgusted with long winded evasions and practiced canards.

Each of these episodes builds on the previous one, and the mood in the country will be implacably demanding a giant purge at the polls come November if the House and senate Democrats do nothing between now and then. A simple five year extension of the Bush tax cuts would immediately produce political gains and economic energy, but the ideologues at the top will not allow it, no matter how much sense it makes. And as the NASA/Panthers/vote fraud stories grow and grow, the movement demand a big brush will as well.

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The War On Small Businesses

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Appearing on Megyn Kelly’s program yesterday, I noted that the Obama Administration’s war on small business had had the predictable effect of chilling job creation at the very source of most of America’s new jobs. The massive tax hikes that loom at year’s end are reason enough to delay expansion plans, and Obamacare’s mysteries guarantee that only absolutely essential hires will be made while savings are banked and nursed against still more rainy days. These are predictable consequences of a top-down, ideologically driven agenda from an anti-business president and Congress.

David Brooks notes the same dynamic today, but for a real ground-level view, read this email which I posted Saturday. Add to those dysfunctions and the dynamics noted by Brooks the increasingly obvious in slow down of government employees doing the work they are supposed to do. A sort of passive-aggressive response is gripping government at many levels and the anger at underappreciation and falling budgets is manifesting itself in desultory response times. Everyone I know who works with any aspect of federal and state permitting has noted this long, slow decline in the government’s responsiveness, which of course brings about even more anger on the part of the public paying taxes for services not rendered or not rendered efficiently or effectively.

President Obama has not only failed utterly to energize the private sector, he has completely failed to inspire and motivate the still growing public sector. It is hard to find any area of the economy that he has successfully mobilized to greater productivity and achievement –if we don’t count outreach by NASA to Muslim nations, though now even Dilbert Gibbs suggests that wasn’t that much of a priority to begin with.

November cannot arrive soon enough.

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