Commentary by Dick Young on These Talks Are Doomed by Mona Charen, National Review
President Obama is wasting America’s time and money on trying to create an artificial peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). The PA may be the official body that represents the West Bank Palestinians, but they have little to no control over those they represent and no control whatsoever over the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas. The president should be focusing on righting the American economy, not spending time on peace talks that will burnish his foreign policy credentials but accomplish little or nothing. Even an agreement on peace at these meetings will mean nothing. The people of the region are not ready for peace, so negotiations among their leaders are in vain. The worst part is, those negotiations are taking up the valuable time of America’s president. Maybe he has forgotten that unemployment is near 10%, or maybe that’s what he wants you to forget by distracting the nation with peace talks in the middle of a recession.
Commentary by E.J. Smith on The Small Business The 97% Fallacy by Kevin A. Hassett and Alan D. Viard, The Wall Street Journal
You have to be appalled at how Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden are misleading the country, claiming that only a small percentage of small businesses will be affected if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire. As Messrs. Hassett and Viard correctly point out, the numbers are misleading especially when anyone with pass-through business income is counted. Pelosi and Biden consider Uncle Bob making a few bucks on eBay to be a “small business” and wham millions of businesses are added to the pile of stats. In the real world, 50% of successful businesses (those making more than $200,000) will be affected by the expiring tax cuts.
When the Obama administration unleashes an additional 16,000 IRS agents, you can expect to see more small businesses created overnight as more Uncle Bob’s come out of the woodwork. Section 9006 of Obamacare mandates that in 2012 all companies will have to issue 1099 tax forms to any individual or corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year. Again more small businesses will be created overnight. The larger the net Pelosi, Biden and Obama can cast around small businesses the more misleading their IRS based numbers become. All at the expense of the nation’s successful businesses.
Commentary by Timothy Jones on The Revolt of the Bourgeois by Rich Lowry, National Review
The Tea Party is radical in its orderly nature. Rather than the screaming psychopaths of the left wing protest movement, the Tea Party has brought in Americans who value order and calm. They aren’t out protesting because their mothers didn’t hug them enough or because they became enthralled with an Ivy League professor who told them to “fight the man.” No, the Tea Partiers are everyday Americans who want to leave America cleaner than they found it, just like they did to the National Mall after the Glenn Beck rally. That mentality could go a long way toward keeping America’s future generations out of crippling debt traps. This conservative revolution is much different than that of 1994. In ’94 the GOP was leading the charge. Insiders were the instigators. Today, outsiders like Glenn Beck are the impetus for the revolution. That means that when the GOP takes control of the House, they will have to answer to outside inspection from the people.
Commentary by Timothy Jones on Jim DeMint Looks toward November, and Beyond by Robert Costa, National Review
Jim DeMint was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool, or even a movement. He has long been fighting for the same Tea Party principles that are getting new Republicans through primaries all over the country. With new allies in the Senate, DeMint will hold much more power and his conservative stances will likely guide many of the new senators. Under his banner the Senate will become a much more comfortable place for Americans who believe in constitutional principles and the message of the Declaration of Independence.
Commentary by Dick Young on How Do You Stop an Elephant Charging? by Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal
Grover Norquist says it perfectly that Tea Partiers and the GOP shouldn’t get distracted by shiny things. The focus should absolutely be on reducing spending, fighting tax increases and restoring constitutional principles to American governance.