These are my links for September 17th through September 18th:
- Althouse: Christine O’Donnell: " I dabbled into witchcraft — I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. … I dabbled into witchcraft." – "Even if she had participated in some witchcraft, she'd only be like thousands of other young people who dabble in such nonsense. Do you want to string them all up? It's typical pop culture junk these days." — Would finding out that your GOP Senate candidate once "dabbled in witchcraft" make you want to consider not voting for her? For me, I wonder what her current status is– people do change.
- Say Anything » Montana Republicans Want To Make Homosexuality Illegal – "I don’t see how a political party can claim to be pro-freedom while simultaneously saying that consenting adults can’t be free to love who they want to love. How can you be pro-freedom while simultaneously supporting government bans on marriage contracts in same-sex relationships?" The reason is that the Conservative and Republican parties are not the Libertarian party. Conservatives don't want a "freedom for everybody" as much as they want freedom within a moral boundary– the boundary created by the Founders. This would be one that looks on homosexuality like our Founding Fathers would: as a deviant behavior.
- Congressmen Weiner and Waxman Set Gold Hearing — Seeking Alpha – "Just as the government is trying to prevent people from investing in anything other than T-Bills by raising taxes on taxable interest and dividends to confiscatory levels, it's also trying to prevent you from parking your wealth in assets, like gold, that compete with the paper dollars issued by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury." Of course the government doesn't want you investing in anything other than it's paper– otherwise, how can it go on and create more in order to finance it's free-spending ways?
- Pelosi hedges on tax cuts – Jake Sherman – POLITICO.com – "The California Democrat, speaking in the same room House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared in earlier in the day, said that the “only thing I can tell you is the tax cuts for the middle class will be extended this Congress,” leaving open the possibility that cuts for people making more than $250,000 could be extended at some point, too." — The trend is with the GOP right now, and if I were in their leadership I'd be pushing to have this done before the election to get it done. The only way I'd let it wait is if it could be made a campaign theme to the point that they could say "elect us and we'll get you the tax breaks– the other side won't."
- After Delaware, G.O.P. Senate Takeover Appears Much Less Likely – NYTimes.com – While it's still possible that the GOP could take the Senate and the House, polling at the moment seems to suggest that it's less likely after primary day: "Republicans remain strongly positioned to make large gains in the Senate: the model, after 100,000 simulations, has them finishing with an average of 47.1 seats, only slightly down from 47.5 last week. But their winning the relatively specific set of races that they would need to win in order to control the Senate now seems less likely, and the Democrats’ position is as secure as it has been in several months." However, there are still 47 days or so in the election, and the first time that the actual candidates are put head to head. Top that off with the fact that this is going to be a tough year for Democrats and it'll be about turnout… you never know.
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