Energy - In the latest twist, Solyndra's investors could be rewarded for their failure, thanks to a tax benefit the Administration handed out in a bid to evade political accountability. The Internal Revenue Service exposed this double Solyndra debacle last week in the U.S. bankruptcy court for the district of Delaware, which is unwinding the defunct solar-panel maker. The IRS formally objected to Solyndra's Chapter 11 reorganization plan, claiming its "principal purpose is tax avoidance." In other news, battery maker A123 has gone bankrupt after receiving 250 million in stimulus money.
Crime - The number of violent crimes rose by 18 percent in the United States last year while property crimes went up by 11 percent, the government reported last week. It was the first year-to-year increase for violent crime since 1993, marking the end of a long string of declines.
Planned Parenthood – We hear all this talk of Planned Parenthood providing women healthcare services including mammograms – this is not true. The Department of Health and Human Services said in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that no Planned Parenthood clinic in the United States has mammogram equipment.
Economy – Jobless claims spiked to a four month high this past week.
Pensions – Obama has 6 million dollar pension that will be paid by the taxpayer, we are not going to pay for Romney’s pension which incidentally is smaller than Obama’s.
Welfare - A new Congressional Research Service report released this past week shows a dramatic increase in welfare spending over the last 4 years. According to this study, welfare spending reached $746 billion in 2011 (32% increase).
The View – Ann Romney was hammered with questions from Whoopi and friends about why Mitt did not serve in Vietnam and his view on abortion.
Alfred E. Smith Memorial – There is no question that Romney was funnier than Obama at the dinner.
Student Loans - Those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 - up about 5% from the class before.
Quotes – “If four Americans are killed, it’s not optimal” – Obama on Libya terrorist attack. “(Republican) bullets are aimed at you” – Biden at a campaign rally.
Green Jobs – San Antonio Texas picked a South Korean firm to build its solar energy project over U.S. companies that applied for the project.
Endorsements – Key newspapers in swing states are changing their 2008 endorsements of Obama to Romney in 2012. The Orlando Sentinel and the Reno Sentinel-Journal are two such papers.
Afghanistan – New reports have surfaced that al-Qaida is making a strong comeback not only in Afghanistan, but globally.
Third Presidential Debate – I thought Romney went into this debate wanting to avoid making a mistake and coming out as a war mongering as the left paints him. One thing that was learned from every debate is that both Romney and Ryan listen and are more likely to work across party lines. Both will tell the other party where they agree and point out their differences instead of harping on personal issues. Romney and Ryan are adults and Obama and Biden are the children and their behavior at the debates shows this stark difference.