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Debt Limit Teaches Us About More Than Country's Mismanaged Finances

Here's more on the debt limit controversy that is instructive — two short videos, in fact, that punch above their weight for what they tell us. One is a lesson about a dangerous policy. The other is an example of the dangers of the corruption of political speech. First, our friends at Public Notice Research & Educational Fund, which does some of the best work in the country on educating citizens on the seriousness of the explosion of big government, have produced an ad that is going viral almost as fast as Barack Obama and Harry Reid can borrow, print and spend money (more than 470,00 views after only two days). Its instructiveness is a straight-up, in-your-face explanation on the calamitous nature of the national debt. Public Notice has set up a new web site dedicated entirely to Washington's failure to manage our money and to further educate the public on this vital issue. It's called washingtoncouldlearnalot.com. Here's the ad:

Washington politicians are addicted. An intervention is needed . . . by American voters.

The second video is of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (who's never held a private sector job) responding to a question from Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Mr. Wallace simply asks where President Obama's debt ceiling plan is since he has not put out a legislative proposal to Congress. Mr. Geithner employs two of The Left's most vicious tricks. First, he says there is a plan although there is no plan; a non-plan is the plan. Calling night "day" doesn't make it so, except in liberal land. He also adds that Republican debt plans would "devastate the country," as if his 9.2 percent unemployment, nonexistent GDP growth, rising food, gas and commodity prices, and the entire litany of our economic troubles are not devastating the country.

He also adds a twist, a newer leftist tactic: It's not fair to cite facts. Facts, you see, are out of bounds, and besides, it's not our fault. The Left projects what it decides what it wants your words to mean. It's all about redefinition (as with marriage and any institution it wants to co-opt to transform our culture). Only political rhetoric? Hardly. It's a calculated method of muddying the dialogue to obfuscate goals and demonize opponents. Listen in:

Multitasking Geithner-style: Mismanaging the country's finances while redefining the language.

Two short videos. Two significant lessons.

Update: Gala Speaker, Congressman Mike Pence, To Appear Tomorrow On Fox News Sunday

U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-Indiana), our 25th Anniversary Gala keynote speaker, will debate the House Majority Whip, James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace Sunday morning (check local listings). The show is repeated at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Fox News Channel. If you are not familiar with Rep. Pence, here is a great opportunity. See for yourself why he is considered one of the top conservatives in the country as he takes on the third highest ranking member of the House of Representatives. Then you will see why we selected him as the keynote speaker for one of the most significant events in our 25 year history.

If you're impressed with what you see and hear, as we're sure you will be, please visit our Gala Web page (click here) to get more information about our 25th Anniversary Gala. Our theme is, "A Tribute To Yesterday, A Vision For Tomorrow." We look forward to celebrating such a significant occasion in the history of our shared mission with you Saturday, October 9 in Richmond.

Virginia News Stand: September 28, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  Overdrive And Life

We're in statewide overdrive, with all three races for statewide office (as expected) going full bore. The week that ended so badly for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds got worse over the weekend as he publicly ducked a nationally televised appearance with Republican candidate Bob McDonnell on Fox News Sunday. Moderator Chris Wallace twice noted that Deeds was invited several times and each time refused. This is on top of the debate he ducked last week at Virginia Union University. Additionally, reliably liberal Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams piled on Deeds for not securing former Governor Doug Wilder's endorsement and wonders how much of the black vote will turn out for him. Ouch!

Meanwhile, Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb is quoted in the first article in the News section. It's a piece in the Washington Post comparing the candidates' records on social issues.

Nationally, religion and life issues are in the news. One poll finds a dramatic increase in non-religiously affiliated Americans, while a the Alliance Defense Fund reminds the government to stay out of the pulpit. The pro-life issue is back in the news, as the National Right To Life Committee shows how health care "reform" will lead to rationing. In addition, some pro-lifers are concerned about the administration's double standard, and the intimidation they feel, after a murder of an pro-life activist in Michigan.

News:

* How They Voted on God, Guns And Gays (Washington Post)

McDonnell: Plan would boost transportation, avoid education cuts (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell hopes to appeal to Va.'s black voters (Washington Times)

Candidates tout successes as Sept. nears end (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tax fight erupts in Va. governor's race (Washington Times)

Plans for Va.'s economy long on ideas, not details (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Obama proving to be mixed blessing for Deeds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Deeds pledges to walk tight fiscal line (Washington Times)

Candidate's Wife Pans Attacks (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Attorney general race heats up (Charlottesville Daily Progress) 

Landes demands Marrow clarify (Waynesboro News-Virginian)

Fairfax Schools Drop Out Of PTA (Washington Post)

Commentary:

Deeds dropped ball with Wilder (Michael Paul Williams/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Video:

Deeds Ducks McDonnell (again) and Wallace (:46) (Fox News Sunday/YouTube.com)

 

Who has ever heard of a politician passing up free air time? Chris Wallace can't figure it out either.

National:

Dramatic increase in Americans declaring no religions (AP/OneNewsNow.com)

Getting the gov't out of the pulpit (OneNewsNow.com)

Fear grows among pro-life activists (OneNewsNow.com)

Funding — a major factor in viable healthcare reform (OneNewsNow.com)

Republican says Dems ignoring health care concerns (AP/OneNewsNow.com)