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Flotsam and Jetsam

If you thought Sen. Barbara Boxer hit rock-bottom in castigating a general for calling her “Ma’am,” watch this. It perfectly exemplifies the liberal mindset in  which everyone is simply a member of a racial group whose views are best rebutted from others from that racial group. What is so stunning about the video is Boxer’s lack of recognition that she is being racist.

Max Baucus comes crawling back to apologize to the White House for saying the president is being “difficult” on health care.

Sen. Ben Nelson doesn’t want to be rushed on health-care reform. And Baucus agrees: “Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) acknowledged Thursday that though he appreciates President Barack Obama’s request that the Senate approve health care reform legislation before the August recess, he has no intention of rushing bipartisan negotiations in his committee that he said are bearing fruit.”

Maybe they should slow down and think this through. Cesar Conda: “I’m not aware of any economic theory that says raising taxes during a recession would strengthen the economy. Nevertheless, the proposed bill would impose a surtax between 1%-5.4% on adjusted gross incomes, which impacts taxpayers earning as little as $280,000 per annum, while raising the maximum income tax rate on the so-called ‘wealthy’ to 45% by 2011. The plan would raise the top capital gains and dividends tax, thereby discouraging capital formation which is the key to restoring long-term economic growth. By 2011, maximum capital gains and dividend tax would rise from the current 15 percent to 26.5 percent and 46 percent, respectively. Most disturbingly, the Democrats health care plan would raise taxes for small businesses, which create the majority of the net new jobs in our economy.”

More trouble in paradise: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Thursday for running ads designed to pressure centrist Democrats into supporting the president’s healthcare plan, calling the effort a ‘waste of money.’ Reid’s comments sent his staff into damage control mode, as they sought to clarify his remarks, but also reflect a growing frustration among those centrists who have been reluctant to back a government-run health insurance plan at the center of President Obama’s health care proposal.”

That “get a quick win” strategy on cap-and-trade by Nancy Pelosi seems to have misfired — badly. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is paying a price on healthcare reform for the arm-twisting she did on the climate change bill last month. Democratic House members were rankled by how the climate bill passed — and stunned by the criticism they got at home. Those memories are fueling a revolt among conservative Blue Dogs and a drive among freshman lawmakers to drop plans for a surtax on the wealthy in healthcare reform. An aide to one conservative Democratic lawmaker said the climate bill was ‘really rammed down our throats.'”

Joe Biden comes to Virginia and acts, well, like Joe Biden: “‘We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation. Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt? The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.” Got that? And then he hollered at the critics of the non-stimulus plan. And people wonder why the administration is losing voters’ confidence on the economy.

Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va) seemed delighted to have Biden stop in his district: “Where I’m looking is where families of Virginia and America are looking and that’s at the unemployment rate, which is skyrocketing. The reality is that people are losing their jobs. Families are going into economic free-fall.” I imagine the GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell was pleased too.

The CNN reporter who argued with the tea party protestors gets laid off. Maybe MSNBC is more her speed.

The president preaches to the NAACP: “Your destiny is in your hands, and don’t you forget that. That’s what we have to teach all of our children! No excuses! No excuses!” Then we can end racial preferences?

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