Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Polites Gazette 20

Publick Occurrences and Comment, Both Forreign and Domeſtick

O: Government to regulate ſalt in processed foods.
C: A couple of things strike me about this. First, that the FDA has too many people with not enough to do, so some budget cuts could be made without impacting actual vital services of the FDA. Second how long do you think any essential personal freedoms and responsibilities in this country will last, especially Citizen participation in governance, and the right to bear arms, if our betters think that we, when left alone with a salt shaker, will kill ourselves.

O: Goldman Sachs diſcovered to be a top Obama, and Democrat donor.
C: How the administration handles this case will likely determine the relationship between corporate America, and the Obama administration. Does Obama placate the corporate hating left by biting the hand that feeds him, or alienate his very vocal base by not doing so. Only time will tell how the White House will play this one.

O: Google key words "Goldman Sachs SEC" directed toward Obama campaign web page.
C: It looks as if the question above already has an answer. But I am not convinced Obama is willing to go on grassroots alone by betraying corporate donors, so I am still expecting a flea flicker on this play. Watch the ball (money) closely as it unfolds.

O: Charlie Criſt conſiders independent run for Florida's Senate Seat.
C: Florida Governor Charlie Crist lost much of his popular support in the Republican party when he openly supported the first Obama stimulus bill; The über expensive spending disguised as stimulus bill. His bid for US Senate has been hotly contested in primary by Marco Rubio who now holds a strong lead in polls. Crist's flirting with an independent run may be meant to garner official national Republican support on fears of a conservative split vote handing a plurality and win to Democrats. Or he may be planning a party defection a la Specter. He vows that he will listen to Floridians on this matter, but, Democrat supporters have a lot to gain with a third party so undoubtedly they will encourage this. Should he decide to buck the party, Republicans may lose some support of hard line conservatives who have been biting their lip supporting moderate party nominees.

O: New conſervative entertainment channel in the works as a cable offering look for it in the future.
C: Think of Fox as the conservative CNN. Think of this as the conservative MSNBC

O: Third in command Al Qaeda leader Ahmed al-Obeidi killed by joint forces.
C: Yet more progress toward an eventual conclusion of the US occupation of Iraq.

O: Ed Chen Preſident of the White Houſe Correſpondents' Aſsociation "...in my 10-plus years at the White House, rarely have I sensed such a level of anger, which is wide and deep, among members over White House practices and attitude toward the press.”
C: Apparently they are not happy with the mushroom treatment either. But I have faith the lovers will patch things up, and the adoring relationship will continue unabated.

O: FTC Power to grow in a bill now being conſidered by the Senate. It includes the power to levy fines ahead of (prior to) actual violations of law.
C: It also includes a number of advertising related provisions which will undoubtedly increase litigation costs; Throwing yet more meat to a chief Democrat lobby, trial lawyers. In unrelated news, the tickets for the speed laws you are going to break next week are arriving in the mail tomorrow.

O: SEIU leans on California lawmakers with political threats.
C: Excellent example of how the growing power of public sector unions quickly allows them to muscle elected governments, creating a spiraling budgetary crises of every growing costs of public servants, ever growing government, ever growing taxes, ever growing debt, and ultimately an ever shrinking private sector to hold it all up. Until that day the critical point is reached.

O: Arizona looking to implement tough immigration enforcement.
C: A lot of fuss over this bill is because many believe it will lead to racial profiling. Other issues include preemption by federal law. But it seems Arizona is not happy with federal efforts to protect their southern border. Again notable, is John McCain's support of the measure, having previously supported amnesty.

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