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Indianapolis councilman switches from GOP to LP

Ed Coleman, a member of the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County, announced Tuesday he has switched his party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian.

"Both of the old two parties have forgotten their ties to the common man, and instead focus on power and control as elitists. I am a common man, I campaigned for the common people, and I still represent the common people; the voters and taxpayers," said Coleman in a statement released Monday by the Marion County LP.

Polling on 'porkulus': It's no change, and Americans aren't believing in it.

As more polling numbers roll in, it's not looking any better for the Obama administration.

Despite Friday's passage of the president's package of wealth transfers and expanded spending, Rasmussen reports today only 38 percent of voters think it will help the economy.  That means faith in the $1.1 trillion Obama spending bill measures at the roughly same percentage as that of Americans who believe in ghosts and astrology.

$196K in tax money for statues of dogs doing, well...

With California is skidding through a state budget crisis and careening into a head-on collision with bankruptcy, taxpayers are angrier than ever at their free-spending Republican governor, Democrat Assembly and local governments.

This isn't going to help.

"Artist Scott Donahue of Emeryville, Calif., was paid $196,000 by Berkeley's public arts program to create two large statues, which feature small, artistic medallions that show dogs doing what dogs do best.

Cost of 'stimulus' rises to over $3.27 TRILLION

Since a government program is the closest you can get to eternal life, Congressman Paul Ryan asked the Congressional Budget Office to estimate the costs of extending just 20 of the most "popular" programs in the Obama government expansion bill to a total of just ten years.

The non-partisan CBO finds the total cost rises to over $3.27 trillion.  That's $3,270,000,000,000.00. 

And that's only for ten years, not the additional decades all those programs will go on for.

And it assumes every other program in the bill vanishes and never comes back.

Caterpillar CEO contradicts Obama on 'stimulus'

If I were wearing a hat, I'd tip it to Don Irvine at Accuracy In Media for pointing me to this interesting development from ABC News.  For weeks President Obama has claimed his "stimulus" plan allows manufacturers like Caterpillar to stop layoffs and immediately re-hire laid off workers.  Obama even traveled to the company's factory in Peoria, Ill. today to pitch his $1.1 trillion welfare-and-spending plan.

Obama loses YET ANOTHER Cabinet nominee

Commerce Secretary nominee Judd Gregg, a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post.

Citing the Obama administration's proposal to take the Census (which determines House representation) out of the hands of the Commerce Department and give it to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, as well as the out-of-control costs of Barack Obama's $1.1 trillion "stimulus plan" and $9.7 trillion total costs in proposed bailouts, increased spending and welfare transfers, Gregg informed the White House he was no longer interested in serving.

Paul: Freedom From Government

Congressman Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk - February 9, 2009

Rahm is Right

And you won't hear me say that very often.  But there is a reason I've somewhat liked the guy all these years.  In this case, it's his nailing to the wall of Republicans who suddenly find themselves concerned with growing federal budgets and deepening deficits -- after eight years of doing more of that than any previous Democrat administration or Congress.

Here's Emanuel, speaking with NBC's David Gregory on Meet The Press Sunday:

Barr: Stimulus bill just pork in new disguise

From Congressman Barr's Atlanta Journal-Constitution guest column today.  Read the entire column here.

Brother Barack's Traveling Redistribution Show

Pundit Michelle Malkin takes on President Obama's Fort Meyers town hall/Big Government revival meeting in a Tuesday posting on Hot Air, which differed from past town halls in that instead of the president taking questions from the public, the White House put together a massive "jump on Santa's lap" session for the national media. 

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