Inside the Beltway: Channeling Glenn Beck

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— Then-Rep. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, to PBS on Sept. 14, 1990

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BLAME

“While in Virginia, the President will visit Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, to highlight the devastating impact the sequester will have on jobs and middle class families if Congressional Republicans fail to compromise to avert the sequester.”

— President Obama’s Tuesday schedule, from a White House dispatch

A LOTT TO THINK ABOUT

It could prove a handbook, perhaps, for the next few months. “At the Brink: Will Obama Push Us Over the Edge?” written by economist John R. Lott and published by Regnery provides a sobering assessment of what President Obama has done, and intends to do with America in his second term, prompting the author to declare that the U.S. economy hangs in the balance, not to mention liberty.

He parses dubious stimulus plans, the debt monster, Obamacare, gun control, assorted scandals and offers some pointers for Congress.

“There is a growing awareness in the United States of the mounting debt problem, and opinion polls show increasing acceptance of budget cuts. But Barack Obama wants to raise taxes to redistribute wealth, not to reduce the deficit. Our country, in short, is in trouble. Can we pull ourselves back from the brink? Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I believe that in America, facts can change minds,” Mr. Lott says. “And the facts are overwhelmingly lined up against Barack Obama.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 77 percent of Americans favor cutting foreign economic aid to save on federal spending; 85 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats agree.

• 55 percent favor curbing spending by regulatory agencies; 70 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Democrats agree.

• 51 percent favor cutting “federal welfare spending”; 74 percent of Republicans and 32 percent of Democrats agree.

• 46 percent favor cutting defense spending; 21 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of Democrats agree.

• 23 percent favor cutting spending on health care; 41 percent of Republicans and 9 percent of Democrats agree.

• 12 percent favor cutting Social Security payments; 20 percent of Republicans and 7 percent of Democrats agree.

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