Chuck Muth’s News & Views – December 11, 2009

By: Chuck Muth
Citizen Outreach


“Last week, President Obama announced that he will send 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda and its Taliban allies. . . . Yet inexplicably, at the same time he announced the new troop deployments, President Obama also announced that these troops would begin leaving Afghanistan in July 2011. This sends a dangerous message to both our enemies and our allies that we are not committed to victory.”

Congressman Tom Price, Chairman, Republican Study Committee


“There continues to be a particular challenge for the president, and it is an affection gap. It is not hard to respect this president, not hard to want to listen to his views and weigh his arguments. It is a challenge, however, to feel warmly toward him. This matters politically because Americans like to feel affection for their presidents, and are more likely to forgive them for policy differences when they do.

“There’s the stony, cool temperament, and also something new. The White House lately seems very fancy. When you think of them now, it’s all tuxedoes, gowns and Hollywood. There’s a certain a metallic glamour. But metal is cold. . . . When they like, you they forgive you a lot. Mr. Obama needs to make them smile. He doesn’t. He leaves them cool as he is.”

Columnist Peggy Noonan


“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t backing down from controversial remarks comparing Republican opponents of the Democratic health care bill to defenders of slavery, Jim Crow and the disenfranchisement of women. And his fellow Democrats apparently stand with him: Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray said on Tuesday there was no criticism of the remarks within the caucus and no discussion of Mr. Reid apologizing.”

John Fund, Political Diary, 12/10/09


“Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told CNSNews.com she would leave it up to the ‘constitutional lawyers’ to explain exactly where Congress gets the constitutional authority to force Americans to buy health insurance, the central mandate in both the Senate and House health care bills.”

CNS News, 12/11/09


“Stuffed inside the omnibus spending package the Senate will be taking up this weekend is a cornucopia of 4,752 earmarks totaling almost $4 billion. My favorite is $30,000 for the ‘Woodstock Film Festival,’ whose entries this year include ‘Santa: The Fascist Years,’ a film that ‘uncovers and explores Santa’s flirtation with politics and greed.’ Altogether, the omnibus bill has a price tag of $450 billion, up 12% over last year’s bill, even as inflation is non-existent and family budgets dropped by three percentage points last year.”

John Fund, Political Diary, 12/11/09


“But there may be a silver lining in all this financial pain. For most married Americans, the Great Recession seems to be solidifying, not eroding, the marital bond. The divorce rate is actually falling. It declined to 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women in 2008 from 17.5 divorces in 2007 (a 3% drop), after rising from 16.4 divorces per 1,000 married women in 2005 (a 7% increase).”

Columnist W. Bradford Wilcox


“In less than three weeks, the hated death tax is scheduled to expire—with the rate falling from 45% to zero for 2010. Then the tax will be resurrected in 2011 at a rate of 55%. This bizarre policy dates back to 2001 when Democrats wouldn’t let President Bush permanently kill the death tax, so Republicans bet that if the tax were eliminated for one year, it would never come back.

“Well, the moment of truth has arrived, and House Democrats recently voted 234-199 to cancel the 2010 repeal and hold the rate permanently at 45% with a $3.5 million exemption. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now wants to do the same. But to suspend the Senate’s health-care debate and turn to the estate tax, he needs 60 votes. All Republicans and some Democrats are saying no.”

Wall Street Journal editorial, 12/11/09


“In that piece about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) shift to the right in the Obama era, Jonathan Martin and Manu Raju mention that the senator is at least theoretically preparing for a 2010 primary battle against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), an ultra-conservative who went down in the 2006 Democratic wave. Not only have we seen polls that show Hayworth performing well, we have some evidence that McCain is less beloved in Arizona than he once was.

“In 2000, McCain was locked in a functionally two-way battle for the GOP presidential nomination with George W. Bush. By Feb. 22, when Arizona held its primary, it was clear that Bush would win the nomination. McCain scored 60 percent of the vote anyway, a 24-point landslide over Bush, carrying every county, and carrying all but one, Graham County, with a majority.

“In 2008, Arizona held its primary on Feb. 5, and McCain was moving ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP nomination, but most voters went to the polls thinking Romney had a chance to win if events broke his way. McCain won Arizona, but only with 47 percent of the vote, beating Romney by about 13 points. Romney carried three of Arizona’s 15 counties. McCain only won a majority in three counties: Coconino, Gila, and La Paz.

“What does it mean? It’s open for debate, but it certainly suggests that McCain has a more conservative electorate to deal with these. Both Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee performed better in their home states than McCain performed in Arizona.”

David Weigel, The Washington Independent, 12/11/09


Those who remember our good friend, good conservative and former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth know he got the royal shaft back in 2006 when he lost his re-election bid after false accusations were made against him surrounding the Jack Abramoff scandal. Since that time, J.D. has been completely vindicated, but it cost him a bundle in attorney’s fees to clear his name.

J.D. continues to “spread the conservative gospel” as a radio talk-show host in Phoenix, but is also mulling a possible Republican primary challenge next year against Sen. John McCain – whose time, in my opinion, came and went long ago.

But before J.D. can even remotely consider such a campaign, he needs to pay off his legal bill from that BS Department of Justice investigation.

Whether J.D. runs against McCain or not, he’s a staunch conservative who has earned our support by fighting for what we all believe day in and day out. So before you spend all of your Christmas dough this season, please take a minute and read the details of J.D.’s case and consider making a small donation to help pay off his legal bills HERE at the Freedom in Truth Trust website.

And maybe, just maybe, Santa will bring us a new, conservative U.S. Senator in Arizona next year!


“Every invasion of the plain rights of the citizen has a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory, we’d all be freer and safer, and our taxes would be reduced by almost a half.”

H.L. Mencken


Nevada News & Views – December 11, 2009

By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views


  • Black Thursday for Clark County GOP (Chuck Muth) – The Clark County Republican Party suffered a severe blood-letting at an emergency late-night Executive Board meeting on Thursday which ended up in mass resignations.
  • Rory Reid Slams Gibbons as “Worst Governor in America” (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid called Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons “the worst governor in America” in an email sent yesterday to supporters seeking contributions for his campaign next year.
  • Nutcase left presses its case; Republicans contemplate their navels (Rep. John Shadegg) – For opponents of socialism this week was typically – albeit disgustingly – frustrating.
  • The Teacher’s Union That Stole Christmas (Warner Todd Huston) – The Weekly Standard has an excellent new article in its latest issue that reports on the discouraging story of the Washington D.C. teachers union that is rushing headlong toward destroying the successful and popular federally-funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP).
  • Special Holiday Report from New Nevada GOP Chief (Chris Comfort) – As your Chairman, the vision of making the Republican Party safe for all of you who believe in a constitutional republic is my sole and enduring goal. Together, we will build a durable organization and I am happy to report to you, personally, that this objective is being met every day since taking office.
  • Double-Digit Decline in October Gaming Win Called Disappointing (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Nevada gaming revenues declined significantly again in October after two months of what was hoped to be the beginnings of a turnaround in the state’s biggest industry.
  • Unemployment Benefits Extension to Arrive By Saturday (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – More than 6,000 Nevadans who have exhausted their unemployment benefits can expect to receive their first payment of the recently passed TIER III extension by this Saturday afternoon, weeks ahead of schedule, Gov. Jim Gibbons announced today.

Click here to read these stories at the Nevada News & Views site!


Will the Republican Party in Nevada be able to get its act together in time for next November’s elections?

  • Absolutely. Piece of cake.
  • Yeah, right. In your dreams.
  • There’s a Republican Party in Nevada?

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In a Nevada Newsmakers interview this week, Sen. Bill Raggio (R-Reno) said: “I think divisive primaries are hurting the Republican Party. We ought to be encouraging unity in the party instead of extremism trying to rip it apart.”


By now, we all know how Sen. Raggio has a tendency to talk out of both sides of his mouth; guaranteeing in the 2008 GOP primary campaign that he wouldn’t support raising taxes in the 2009 legislative session only to then engineer behind the scenes more than a billion dollars worth of tax hikes on Nevada’s families and small businesses.

So it will come as no surprise that Sen. Raggio is actually guilty of doing exactly what he accuses the “extremists” of doing as far as Republican primaries are concerned.

You see, early during the last legislative session, conservative Assemblyman Ty Cobb – who signed and honored the Taxpayer Protection Pledge by opposing and voting against any and all efforts to increase taxes – let it be known that he was going to run for the state Senate seat being vacated in 2010 by moderate, tax-hiking Sen. Randolph Townsend (R-Reno) who is term-limited.

So what did Sen. Raggio do?

He recruited a government employee, Ben Kieckhefer – who has no prior electoral experience and has said he won’t sign the Taxpayer Protection Plege – to run against Cobb in the Republican primary next year.

According to Sen. Raggio, an “extremist” is apparently any Republican who doesn’t believe in raising taxes in the middle of this recession. In reality, fiscal conservatives are in the mainsteam or public opinion. The extremists who are ripping the GOP apart are liberal Republicans such as Sen. Raggio who are working feverishly to keep conservative Republicans out of office.

If Sen. Raggio really desires party unity, as he claims, he’d resign immediately and turn his seat over to Sharron Angle who he defeated last year under false pretenses, while simultaneously encouraging young Mr. Kieckhefer not to quit his day job at Government, Inc. and drop out of this divisive senate race.

That would allow the party to get back to its roots and coalesce around fiscally conservative principles and candidates.

Don’t hold your breath.


  • A Washington insider magazine says Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) isn’t doing enough to whore himself out as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Dennis Myers of Reno News & Views has the details.
  • Oscar yes, or Oscar no for governor? Only Jon Ralston knows for sure. Or not.
  • Columnist Vin Suprynowicz notes that Nevada Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio said this week that layoffs of state employees should be a “last resort” in trying to balance the budget. “And we still wonder why the Republican Party does such a lame-ass job drawing voters to a supposedly ‘smaller government’ alternative in the Silver State?” Vin asks. Read the rest HERE
  • You Might Be a RINO If…


“The one thing that struck me (in his televised interview on Nevada Newsmakers this week) was when (Sen. Bill Raggio) said those opposed to his tax hikes have ‘extremist positions.’ Thus Bill is accusing himself of having ‘extremist positions’ because those supporting his recall have the same position he did during the election (in 2008). One thing that is extremist is the overuse of the word extremist in politics. If we charged politicians and TV talking heads $10 for every time they used the word extremist we could balance the budget.” – Dana Allen, organizer of the Raggio recall effort in Reno


Financial News Update – 12/11/09

Senators propose cutting greenhouse gas emissions 17% by 2020

EU nations commit $3.6 billion to climate fund

Pelosi backs widening Medicare in Senate plan

Bailout for Main Street instead of Wall Street?

Education Pork: Congress Funding Classrooms (and Apartment Complexes) to Nowhere

The Cost of Our National Debt in Pictures


Congress Stuffs Its Own Stocking

The Latest Senate Debate on Drug Reimportation: The Outcome Could Kill You

Video: Barney Frank’s Permanent TARP

Copenfrauden: The Scandals Behind Global Warming

Inhofe Calls for Independent Investigation of IPCC

New Senate Health Bill: Exacerbating Federal Fiscal Insanity

Senator Lieberman’s Honest Quote on Cap and Trade

Morning Bell: Speaker Pelosi’s Spendapalooza

House passes new financial industry power grab with CBC payoffs

Scrooge pay czar tightens screws on midlevel employees

$6 billion payoff: Barney Frank gives in to Congressional Black Caucus shakedown crew

Soros scheming at Copenhagen: Eco-redistribution of wealth

Barack Obama: Climate Change Is a National Security Issue

Classy Dems Compare Climate Change Deniers to “Teabaggers”

Fed Workers Enjoy Boom Time– Average Pay Now at $71K Compared to $40K in Private Sector

UN Security Stops Journalist’s Questions About ClimateGate

Huge doubts over numbers being used in Copenhagen


U.S. To Pay $3.4 Billion to Settle Native American Suit

ON THE BRINK: Healthcare reform draws nearer

Loophole would allow coverage limits

Sarkozy, Brown: Banks Should Pay for Climate Change

U.N. Wants $60B to Monitor Climate

House Passes Wall Street Regulatory Overhaul

GOP Tries to Put Freeze on Debt Limit

Pay Czar Caps Salaries for Bailout Execs to $500G

Nation’s Health Care Tab to Grow Under Senate Bill

Chamber of Commerce Raises ‘Security’ Concerns After Group Puts Bounty on CEO


10 Countries most likely to default.

An MP3 recording of John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics.

U.S. Homeowners Lost $5.9 Trillion Since 2006 Peak.

Volcker Sees No Value in Derivatives. Here is a key quote: “He said credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations had taken the economy ‘right to the brink of disaster’ and added that the economy had grown at ‘greater rates of speed’ during the 1960s without such products. When one stunned audience member suggested that Mr. Volcker did not really mean bond markets and securitizations had contributed “nothing at all”, he replied: ‘You can innovate as much as you like, but do it within a structure that doesn’t put the whole economy at risk.’ He said he agreed with George Soros, the billionaire investor, who said investment banks must stick to serving clients and “proprietary trading should be pushed out of investment banks and to hedge funds where they belong”.

Americans Want Money Spent for Jobs, Send Bill to Rich

Government Program Has Only Helped 31,000 Borrowers So Far

Stocks Rise as Trade Deficit Narrows in October

Goldman Sachs Execs Won’t Get 2009 Cash Bonus. They are receiving restricted stock awards instead.

Natural Gas Prices Surge as Crude Fades

High-Stakes Duel Between Ron Paul and Bernanke Intensifies

An Obvious Question About US Government Gold Supplies Goes Begging

First Dubai

S&P Overvalued by 100%

Official Chinese Paper Calls for More Gold Reserves


Links to Visit – 12/11/09

Gateway Pundit – Media Matters Defends Kid Fisting Lectures and Children Sex Books as Non-Scandal

Gateway Pundit – Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) Calls For Removal of Dangerous School Czar Kevin Jennings (Video)

Gateway Pundit – Fistgate VI: Obama’s Safe Schools Czar’s Teen Conference Literature Pushed Anal S*x in Parks With Strangers

Gateway Pundit – Vaclav Havel on Obama: Soiling Your Pants Prematurely Will Not Gain You International Respect

Feed Your ADHD – Obama’s Bling

Feed Your ADHD – Needs More…

The Anchoress – Emma Kirkby

Bookworm Room – Pop culture inversions

WorldNetDaily – Andrea Shea King – School uniform argument may lead to lawsuit

The Radio Patriot – LEAVIN’ ON A JET PLANE…

Mudville Gazette – Zero Tolerance

The Washington Examiner – A green, sustainable future that doesn’t work (Hat Tip: Kim Priestap)

Kim Priestap – An eco-life that has proven to be unliveable

The New Editor – Tom Elia – You Want Some Inspiration?

The Anchoress – Go Home Congress! – UPDATED

Atlas Shrugs – VIDEO: Lightning Bolton Tears Obama’s Silly Nobel Speech to Shreds

Atlas Shrugs – Obama on DC Jihadis: “Fiercely loyal Muslims”

Atlas Shrugs – Clinton’s Cover-up: 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, an al-Qaeda plot involving several Iraqis

PrairiePundit – Venezuela prepares for aggression against Colombia (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Michelle Malkin – Hollywood & Howard Zinn’s Marxist education project

Michelle Malkin – House passes new financial industry power grab with CBC payoffs

Michelle Malkin – Scrooge pay czar tightens screws on midlevel employees

Michelle Malkin – Petition: Free the Navy SEALs

Michelle Malkin – $6 billion payoff: Barney Frank gives in to Congressional Black Caucus shakedown crew

Michelle Malkin – Soros scheming at Copenhagen: Eco-redistribution of wealth

Don Surber – Angelina Jolie calls out Obama on Sudan (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Gateway Pundit – Classy Dems Compare Climate Change Deniers to “Teabaggers”

Big Government – UN Security Stops Journalist’s Questions About ClimateGate


SF Gate – SoCal councilman wears a Stalin-ized Pelosi sign

Fox News – Top Al Qaeda Planner Killed in Pakistan

Fox News – No Deportation for U.S. Men Detained in Pakistan


What Has Obama Accomplished?

By: Nancy Morgan
Right Bias

Making the rounds of conservative talk shows lately is the question, “What has Obama accomplished so far?” The question is asked of of Obama supporters and the answers range from ‘abolishing lobbyists’ to ‘securing world peace’ to ‘lowering taxes.’

One thing all answers have in common: They are all grounded in perception as opposed to reality.

Obama has accomplished the amazing feat of convincing millions of Americans that black is white, that cold is hot, that the bad economy is the fault of George W. Bush, and the only things standing between America and peace on earth are those darn Republicans and greedy capitalists.

As author Thomas Sowell points out in ‘Is Reality Optional?‘ social history in the last 30 years has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. And no-where is this more evident than in the ‘change’ Obama is foisting on the American people.

The empty rhetoric of ‘social justice’ and ‘compassion’ is convincingly and successfully being used to justify ever more ludicrous social policies, which just happen to come with a huge price tag and more government control.

Ignored by the left and the media, however, is the inconvenient fact that every single policy promoted by Obama and passed by congress has been a dismal failure. From the jobs ‘stimulus’ package that has cost taxpayers a whopping $236,436 per job created – to the the ‘cash for clunkers’ – to the $61 billion bucks taxpayers just lost through the AIG and auto industry bailout.

Add in the $75 billion mortgage relief program to stem the largely government caused ‘foreclosure crisis.’ This program has helped a grand total of 31,000 borrowers to date, a paltry 4% of the 760,000 who have applied.

Despite the dismal failures of these policies, Obama and his cohorts continue advocating more of the same. As Dr. Sowell points out, “The anointed are often wrong but never in doubt.”

Though 80% of Americans are happy with their health insurance, Obama has declared a health care crisis. Obama and congress have devoted most of the year to imposing government run health care on all citizens, despite the fact that 61% of Americans oppose it.

Though evidence has recently surfaced undermining the dire claims of global warming, our elected elites continue to ignore relevant science, insisting that a massive redistribution of our wealth is needed in order to pay an imagined ‘climate debt’ to third world countries. Meanwhile, record unemployment and rising fees and taxes continue to devastate businesses and families across the nation. The exception are federal workers, who just got a 2% pay raise.

As Democrat leaders and their allies take to the airwaves denouncing corporate greed, our public servants are scrambling to enact policies that enable them to extort an ever increasing portion of the wealth created by American workers. In the process, severely undermining the rule of law and ignoring the limitations imposed by our Constitution.

The Obama administration has plunged America into debt to the tune of a record $12 trillion dollars. That’s $39,000 owed by every man woman and child in America. And there is no end in sight.

House Democrats just passed a $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill to fund the federal government. This bill includes $2 billion for ‘climate’ research, major spending boosts for domestic agencies and foreign aid. It also includes more than 5,200 pork barrel projects costing $3.9 billion. On top of that, Democrats are preparing to raise the federal debt ceiling by as much as $1.8 trillion before New Year’s.

Obama’s policies are destroying the dollar and bankrupting America. Moody’s just issued a warning that our triple A rating is in danger. Our president is also in the process of ceding American sovereignty to world bodies like the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.

What Obama has accomplished is astounding. He has managed in the short space of one year to dramatically alter the historical focus on individual rights and liberties to an ephemeral concept that focuses on government primacy.

Due to Obama’s charisma and his skill in manipulating the system and redefining words to fit transient meanings, many Americans continue to believe Obama’s rhetoric, willfully ignoring the underlying reality. Their belief has taken on a religious fervor based on faith and emotion and any facts to the contrary are summarily dismissed. After all, “Obama won.”

Once again, Thomas Sowell says it best: “We may be entering an era where the greatest dangers to the survival of Western civilization will come from internal social deterioration. Other great civilizations have declined and collapsed. We may be the first, however, to sink slowly into the quagmire, still beaming from ear to ear in self-congratulation at how ‘innovative’ we are in our social policies.”

Obama is a dangerous man. He has convinced millions of Americans that they are entitled to the fruits of another man’s labor. Virtually all of his policies to date have been designed to foster a dependence on government. But what the government gives, the government can take. As millions of enslaved peoples across the globe could attest – if they were allowed.

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina