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No media bias here, move along

Take a gander at two recent screen captures from, respectively, Yahoo!’s home page and AOL’s

As the Republican National Convention is about to convene in Tampa, our friends at Yahoo! and AOL are determined to use Democratic talking points to define the proceedings.

Note the Yahoo! headline; the only reason this supposed “rape controversy” looms over the convention is because the legadyy media, following the Democrats’ lead, dwells on it.   AOL has the presumptive Republican nominee’s partisan rival calling out his biggest flaw.

How nice.  Should we see a headline next Sunday on AOL with Mitt Romney calling out the incumbent’s “biggest flaw.”  (Don’t hold your breath.)  And in the “controversy” article that Yahoo! links, AP writer David Espo gives away the game, when he quotes the head of the opposing party (to describe the upcoming GOP gathering): (more…)

How Conservative Women Confront Media Bias

I’ve arrived in Tampa and am now blogging from an awesome panel featuring some of the most powerful women in the Conservative movement.

This panel features editor and author Katie Pavlich, US Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, US Rep. Renee Ellmers and Breitbart Editor Dana Loesch.

The format is interesting… clips demeaning Republican women are shown (many are from Bill Maher, shockingly…). Then the panelists respond to the clips and the overall insulting way the media treats Conservative women.

It is a great panel to start the convention for me. All of these women are smart and accomplished and many have had to overcome great professional and professional odds.

Kudos to the organizers of this panel. It is an important topic and very empowering to hear our strong Conservative women stand up for their values and our nation.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)


Does government spending help the economy?

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 3:15 am - August 26, 2012.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Economy

Dan asked last Saturday, Did government spending make recovery the slowest since WWII?. Put more broadly, does government spending help the economy or slow it down?

It’s a crucial question. If you believe (as neo-Keynesian economists try to teach) that government spending stimulates the economy, obviously we need more of it, because Obama’s economy is darn anemic. But what if more spending is unnecessary, perhaps harmful? What if government spending is one of the things dragging the economy down?

Arthur Laffer addressed this question in a Wall Street Journal piece a couple of weeks ago, The Real ‘Stimulus’ Record. His piece is not without flaws, but it says a lot that’s worth considering.

As Laffer notes, the U.S. has done a lot of ‘stimulating’ in the past few years, under both Bush and Obama:

Federal government spending as a share of GDP rose to a high of 27.3% in 2009 from 21.4% in late 2007… including add-ons to the agricultural and housing bills in 2007, the $600 per capita tax rebate in 2008, the TARP and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailouts, “cash for clunkers,” additional mortgage relief subsidies and, of course, President Obama’s $860 billion stimulus plan that promised to deliver unemployment rates below 6% by now. Stimulus spending over the past five years totaled more than $4 trillion.

Think about that; an extra $4 trillion of national debt, in the name of ‘stimulating’ the economy. Has it worked? Can it work? Laffer gives some logical reasons why it can’t work: (more…)