The news that is not White House approved...
Lots of drama surrounded the allegations against former New York Congressman Eric Massa who is accused of sexually harassing his aides, but these grave charges were not news to some top Democrats.
It turns out that the San Francisco speaker's office got wind of the allegations in October. That's when Massa's chief of staff told Pelosi's office that the former congressman was living with his aides and behaving in ways that made them uncomfortable. But the speaker's office didn't do a thing about it.
But wait, remember the outrage that Democrats expressed when they discovered that some Republicans knew about the allegations against former Congressman Mark Foley back in 2006 before they came to light?
Actually, I remember one certain congresswoman in particular becoming very angry:
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REP. NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: This is about everybody who had any knowledge of this member of Congress, doing something that is against the law and the Republican leadership — not just him — protecting the political future of Mark —of Foley at the expense of protecting children. They just don't get it.
They are so out of touch with the American people they didn't even know it was wrong to ignore the repulsive behavior of one of their members. A member of Congress who should be held to a higher ethical standard.
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Somehow, though, I don't think that we're going to see the Democrats condemn their speaker any time soon. Let's see.
When you're low on cash, what do you do? You generally tighten your belt. But that's not the advice that a top White House economist would give you.
According to Christina Romer, who heads the Council of Economic Advisers, when the going gets tough, it's time to spend, spend and spend some more.
Take a look at what she recently had to say about the importance of relentless government spending during times of crisis:
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CHRISTINA ROMER, CHAIRWOMAN, COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS: It would be penny-wise but pound foolish to deal with our long-run budget problems by tightening fiscal policy immediately or foregoing additional emergency spending to reduce unemployment.
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Romer and other so-called economists at the White House may want to keep an eye on our "Waste 102" countdown Friday night on "Hannity."
The self-proclaimed most open White House in history is not exactly living up to its word.
The Obama administration has rolled back a number of key transparency measures imposed on unions. The rules were put in place during the Bush administration and forced unions to be more transparent with their financial disclosures, but these measures are now being held up.
When asked about this stunning review by The Washington Times, former Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said, "This administration is not enforcing laws or union transparency and democracy. They are telling unions that they don't have to comply."
I guess this is President Obama's way of thanking the folks over at the SCIU for all of that great support.
This may surprise you, but I'm going to credit Climate-gate for this news. Despite the best efforts of Al Gore and his friends in the alarmist movement, the vast majority of Americans do not believe that global warming poses a serious threat to them.
The latest Gallup Poll shows that a whopping 67 percent of Americans do not fear the effects of global warming, but 32 percent are still buying the hype.
I'm guessing that once a little more truth leaks out about what these so-called scientists have really been up to the past few years, that number will go up even further.
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