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GOP feels it has a chance.. January 23, 2010

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Three days after Scott Brown pulled in upset in Massachusetts, the GOP is finally getting it’s grove back and thinks it has a chance to get more seats in the 2010 midterm elections. Some though still doubt it, just saying it was just one election. BWC sees this has a chance for the GOP to take the Tea Party group into their hands and get them to vote for their running mates, if they get back to principles.

“This was a wakeup call. This was an unavoidable signal that their governing style was not working.” Said a Democratic Analyst. Even liberals see this has a major set back to their plans, including Health Care, Cap and Trade, and more.

The GOP on the other hand, loves to see the crumbling and disorganizing on the democratic party. They can use it’s weakness to take over Congress again, they think. As we said earlier, if the Republicans plan to get the growing numbers of the Tea Party middle, they will need to go back to principles and follow the U.S. Constitution.

However, Republicans still face two very big hurdles before they can take over Congress. They still need 40 seats in the House and ten seats in the Senate, a tough challenge in any year and one that will surely lead to trench warfare for the more than 40 weeks before Election Day.

This 2010 will be one interesting year..

Scott Brown to make Historic Upset in Northeast January 16, 2010

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As people are ready to vote Scott Brown now leads the Democrat attorney general for Ted Kennedy’s seat, a poll released just shows. Bill Clinton & and John Kerry (D) are backing their leftist colleague, but conservative shows are supporting Scott Brown. That support may lead to a victory for Scott Brown (R), many believe. Many believe this due to the fact how this current congress is spending us into a huge amount a debt and act like it’s no big deal. The people will show congress what is really coming up ahead in 2010. Obama was supposed to go out to Massachusetts and campaign for the attorney general, but decided not to go, the White House pointed out.

Scott Brown currently is set to win, earning about 1 million dollars a day compared to the Democrat Martha Coakley  who is making far shorter than that.

I think this shows how the people are angry with Congress and the Obama administration, it reflects a lot more than the elections in November reflected. What are your views? Who do you think will win? Comment below.   Ted Kennedy has held this seat for a very a long time, and a Republican coming in and taking it away – is a huge deal.

News Corp. , Time Warner & Fox Makes Deal to keep Fox on the Air January 4, 2010

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We hope you all had a great and safe New Year. We sure did.

A few months after a contract dispute took place, Fox & Time Warner Cable finally make deal to keep Fox, Fox News, and any other Fox Network on the air. News Corp. also made a deal to keep Fox going through their Network. Many people where concerned about Fox being taking off their selection of channels. People didn’t want to miss their shows on Fox, as well as the bowl games, and even the News Network. The deadline came and gone but no deal was made. The deal time was then extended into today, where they got a deal done. Fox wanted a certain amount a money paid to them per subscriber, but Time Warner and News Corp. discouraged that.

Both companies and Fox were both happy with the deal that was made, spokemans said from each company. If you’re an American, would of this mattered or affected you? Comment below.

The Economy – Is it or isn’t it getting better? December 14, 2009

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Even President Obama’s economic advisors and White House staff can’t seem to agree.  While top White House economic advisor Larry Summers says that key indicators show that the economy is expanding, others seemingly disagree.  In fact, on Thursday Tim Geithner said that the TARP program could face “big financial losses” and just today the Senate sent yet another $1.1 billion stimulus package to Obama’s desk.  Why would a country with an expanding economy require yet another stimulus package?  We expect that the funds from the newest package, the one President Obama is sure to sign, will become as uncollectible and wrought with fraud as the others leaving our country in yet more economic dire straights.  By the way, the more than 1,000 page stimulus bill was finished and delivered to lawmakers late in the week and voted on this morning – do you think that anyone read the entire bill?

What do you think?  How are you doing economically?  In your area are things improving?  We at Big World Central would like to know of positive (and negative) signs of economic recovery.

http://tinyurl.com/ydvgtk4  (Article citing Summers)

http://tinyurl.com/y9zvne2  (Article citing Geithner)

http://tinyurl.com/yds7kdw  (Article citing $1.1 Billion Stimulus Package)

When religion and politics clash! November 24, 2009

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Today the Catholic Church issued an order to Senator Patrick Kennedy to skip communion due to his stance on abortion.  He is in essence on restriction from receiving the Eucharist for the past

three years.  The platform of the Catholic Church has always been the preservation of life.  Not only is the church anti-abortion but it is also anti-death penalty.  The church has consistently remained committed to these positions.

Senator Patrick Kennedy, the son of Ted Kennedy, is a lifelong Catholic (as all the Kennedy clan are).  In addition to being Catholic the Kennedy’s are lifelong members of the Democratic Party.  A party that advances a platform that includes the right to abortion.  As recent as last weekend, the Democrats moved forward its healthcare bill which includes provisions for abortion in its Government run healthcare plan.  Kennedy voted for the Senate bill. 

Bishop Thomas Tobin wrote Kennedy in 2007 asking him to refrain from receiving communion.  In his letter Bishop Tobin stated: 

“If a Catholic in his or her personal or professional life were knowingly and obstinately to repudiate her definite teachings on moral issues, he or she would seriously diminish his or her communion with the Church. Reception of Holy Communion in such a situation would not accord with the nature of the Eucharistic celebration, so that he or she should refrain.”

The request was in accord with the then recent statement issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Bishop Tobin is displeased that Kennedy would make this private matter public.  He has issued a statement that can be read here:  http://tinyurl.com/ybmywm3

Is Senator Kennedy wrong for going against the teachings of his faith in order to appease the platform of his political party?  Is Bishop Tobin wrong for asking that Senator Kennedy not take the Eucharist since he is not abiding to his faith.  Is Senator Kennedy wrong for making this issue public?  Is Bishop Tobin wrong for being upset with Kennedy for releasing this issue to the media?  Tell us what you think.

Democratic Lawmaker tells Americans: ‘Quit Complaining’ November 21, 2009

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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Missouri) has called for ‘Quit Complaining Wednesday’ next week a day before the Thanksgiving holiday. Americans are voicing their concerns about the Health Reform, the wars in the Middle east, and the economy. BWC’s question is, these Americans are expressing their 1st Amendment rights, so why tell them to be quiet? Polls do show majority of the Americans are against Health Care, and some are disapproving of Mr. Obama’s polices. Rep. Cleaver went on to say;

“From time to time, we all experience anxiety, frustration, stress, and regret. And often, we respond to these feelings with a criticism or complaining,” Cleaver wrote to his colleagues, seeking co-sponsors. “Regrettably, complaining keeps people stuck on current problems, inhibiting them from thinking constructively to find solutions. Research has also shown that complaining can be harmful to one’s emotional and physical health, relationships and can limit professional career success.”

Conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, owner and founder of Breitbart.com calls this “silly” as expressed on Biggovernment.com. Rep. Cleaver’s spokesman said this is no way shape or form is attacking first amendment rights, but I beg to differ.

What do you think about this? Is it okay? Is it taking away first Amendment rights? You decide.

Full story here.

Anchor Lou Dobbs departs from CNN November 12, 2009

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Long time CNN anchor Lou Dobbs leaves CNN for quote on quote “other opportunity’s.” He officially left after broadcasting  his show “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and releasing a 2 minute statement.  Here is some of what he said as his departing statement;

“Tonight, I want to turn to a personal note if I may and address a matter that has raised some curiosity.

This will be my last broadcast here on CNN, where I have worked for most of the past 30 years and where I have many friends and colleagues whom I admire deeply and respect greatly.

I’m the last of the original anchors here on CNN, and I’m proud to have had the privilege of helping to build the world’s first news network. I am grateful for the many opportunities that CNN has given me over these many years, I’ve tried to reciprocate with the full measure of my ability and my energy.

Over the past six months, it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us. And some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving, as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day. And to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible.

I’ve talked extensively with Jonathan Klein; Jon’s the president of CNN, and as a result of those talks, Jon and I have agreed to a release from my contract that will enable me to pursue new opportunities.”

You can read more of his statement, here.

Lou Dobbs signed on with CNN in the early 1980s and was a successful business man, and his ratings went through the roof for many years. After 2001, things began to change has he became very opinionated on some things. This caused him to make many enemies, and his ratings spiked during this time. He then began to get complaints from immigration groups after opposing illegal immigrants, calling for CNN to fire Lou Dobbs. Dobbs, now 64, says this has been going on behind the scenes for months, and today was the right time to go.

Now, BWC asks, where will he go next? Rumors sprang up a few months back about him joining the Fox lineup, and becoming an anchor, these rumors where false but now that he has been cut loose, will he? Or will he do something else? We will stay on the story.

For more information on this suprisings story, click here.

Pelosi’s Healthcare Bill – “Buy $15K Policy or Go To Jail”? November 8, 2009

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A new report has been posted that was authored by the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation which confirms that noncompliance with the Pelosi Healthcare bill could land people in jail.  Accordingly, Americans who do not maintain the undefined “acceptable” level of health insurance would be subject a tax mandate of 2.5% of income, are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties which includes monetary fines up to $250,000 and a 5 year prison term.  This requirement to maintain acceptable insurance may be a challenge for some; the lowest cost plan being advanced by Pelosi would cost a mere $15,000 per family by 2016 as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office. 

Of course everyone is able to pay for the low-cost plan of Pelosi since all likely have that kind of money stuffed in a mattress.  Hopefully, through many amendments, Congress will figure out what “acceptable” health insurance is and will offer it at a cost less than $15,000 in 2016 should they pass the bill.

The JCT letter:  http://tinyurl.com/ybs74q7

Elections directly affect 2010? You decide. November 5, 2009

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Like we said earlier, we were going to have a follow-up article once the all the votes came in. The major question is, are these election results a report card on President Obama and how he’s doing, or was this just a reflection of local issues. BWC has looked at the numbers, how people voted, and news network reports.  After gathering the data it appears that Independent voters sided with the Republicans in New Jersey in a clear message to the Democratic party and Obama.  Afterall, Obama had campaigned in New Jersey for Deeds 5 or 6 times stressing how important it was to keep the Democrats in power in that state.  

In Virginia, last year Obama carried this state by 6 points. This year was a different story where there was a clear 25 point swing in favor of the Republican, Robert McDonald. Reportedly, the people of Virginia where more concerned about jobs and the economy over anything else – Obama nor the proposed Healthcare were factors. However, the GOP took all top seats in Virginia which hasn’t happened in 15+ years. Robert McDonald won with 58% of the vote over Chris Deeds (D) who managed only 41% of the vote.

Next, let’s look at the New Jersey race. Many were pulling for the incumbent, Jon Corzine (D) to pull it out. There were reports of this race being very dirty, in the sense there was some ‘fraud’ though these reports are unconfirmed. Chris Christie (R) held a steady lead throughout the vote count and ending up winning 48% to 44% at last check. This was the real battle ground, according to both Republican and Democratic strategists. Whoever one this race would send a message to the White House on how they are doing; the message wasn’t very good to the White House since the Republican prevailed. Obama carried this state by more than 15 points during last year’s election; it was a 19 points swing back to this elected Republican Governor. Independent voter turn out played a key role in Christie winning.

The other hot race was David Hoffman (C) and Bill Owens (D). Hoffman lost, as Bill Owens took it 49% to 46%. Hoffman was a “dark horse” and many speculated that he would win but in the end Owens came out with the victory. Owens had been campaigning a lot longer and was a lot better known before Hoffman entered the race.  Another factor was that the selected Republican candidate quit on Saturday and then in a stunning move threw all her support behind the Democrat Owens instead of the Conservative Hoffman.  This was disappointing to the GOP.  

There were a few other major races, as New York re-elected their mayor Bloomberg (I), and in California a congressional seat was taken, again, by the Democrats.

The GOP still looks at the bright spots, heading into 2010. Was this a precursor of things to come in 2010? We think it is. You disagree? Post a comment.

The fight for the life of a child … November 2, 2009

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This fight is going on in Britain where the father of a one-year-old is literally fighting for the life of his son.  The baby, “RB”, has a genetic condition called myasthenic syndrome which causes a disconnect between the nerves and the muscles; this affects the baby’s limbs and breathing.  The baby has been in the hospital since birth and has been on a ventilator.  Unfortunately, the mother and father are separated and they are not united in the fight to keep their son alive.  The mother sides with the hospital who want to remove the life support from the baby. 

According to the father, the child’s mental capacity isn’t diminished.  The baby can see, hear, feel, recognize his parents and play with toys.  The father believes that his son has life quality despite the fact that the hospital says that he doesn’t.  If the court should rule with the hospital and the mother, it will be the first time that the court has gone against the wishes of a parent in deciding life or death. 

What an extremely difficult situation.  Who would you side with father or mother and hospital?  Are outside forces influencing the wishes of the hospital such as the socialized medicine regimen enjoyed by Britain vs. the cost of keeping this baby on a ventilator?  We would like your comments.  

Thanks to AOL for bringing us this important story.  AOL is running a poll on the topic which might be of interest to you.