Republicans elect moderate Michael Steele chairman. The last thing Republicans need is a moderate in charge. Contrary to what this article says about Steele being different than Bush, that means more of Bush's big government conservatism to compete against big government liberalism - i.e. the 2 parties are still the same. Nobody is more moderate than McCain, and we saw how well he did. This is bad for the country.
Summing up analysis of Obama's stimulus boondoggle, Cato provides a great analogy showing the futility of it.
If I get up in the morning and drink five cups of coffee and that doesn’t stimulate me, I don’t go and drink another five. I’d recognize my addiction problem and start reforming my bad habits. Federal policymakers should do the same.
Only 11 Democrats joined with every House Republican against the Obama/Pelosi stimulus boondoggle. Even though there was bipartisan resistance to this bill and no bipartisan support, Cato explains that the fiscal conservatism of so-called blue dog Democrats is overrated.
37 out of 43 “Blue Dogs” voted for the spending bill
Chart from Heritage Foundation shows that Federal spending has increased steadily regardless of who controlled Congress. So much for Republicans and blue dog Democrats claims of being fiscally conservative.
NPR says Keynes's ideas are being tried for the first time, but in the same article they ask if Keynes ended the Great Depression. Not only don't they realize neither of these are true, but both can't be true. Our taxdollars fund this propaganda. It sounds like Keynes was a fruitcake with a lot in common with Hitler. And Keynes's ideas weren't new. They were just repackaged.
Nice quote from Ayn Rand: "Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others."
I drove last evening for the first time since the snowfall Wednesday night. The streets were abominable. It was stunning that 36 hours after the snow fell, major downtown streets had not been cleared. It looked like they had been salted, but except for one, they had not been plowed. They were still slick and dangerous. I saw 2 salt trucks driving, but neither had plows on them. Dayton is no stranger to clearing roads, but the city did not get it done. It didn't even appear to be trying.
When I was a kid, if our city government had been that incompetent, heads would have rolled. The people would have flooded the city council chambers and the mayor at least would have been forced to resign or fire somebody. It's just stunning how Americans have become complacent with incompetent government. Even more stunning is that we keep giving more of our freedom to that same government and make it do more things - which makes it even more incompetent. I don't get it.
Hawaii sets up universal health care for children. 85 percent of enrollees are people who dropped their existing coverage to get government coverage. Duh. Why pay for coverage twice? You're paying with taxes, you take the government coverage. Needless to say, the government couldn't afford it. Obama and Democrats want to do the same thing to the entire country, but unlike Hawaii, when their program fails, they won't shut it down. They'll just steamroll to full socialized medicine. Obama's plan is designed to fail and open the door to socialized medicine.
Charles Krauthammer blasts Obama for telling Muslims that America hasn't respected them in the last 20 years when in fact American troops have fought to liberate Muslims in 5 different conflicts. I don't think this is empty rhetoric on Obama's part. I think he really doesn't know history.
I hadn't heard of this study before. The results aren't surprising to me, but it never ceases to amaze me that something so obvious logically and from experience as that arming citizens reduces crime surprises liberals.
It looks like Obama's stimulus boondoggle might go down in flames. Let's hope so. This was the first major piece of the Obama agenda, and it was dishonest, radically leftist, counterproductive, and hyperpartisan. It was exactly what was to be expected from Obama given his record. This is what we can expect for the next 4 years. It also shows that Obama thought the force of his personality would make things work smoothly. He may or may not get over his narcissism. He thought all he had to do was invite Republicans to dinner and they would cave. He thought Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats would give him the bill he made speeches about. Obama ran a very disciplined campaign, but he has no other executive experience. He doesn't know how to govern. He'll probably learn from this mistake and become more disciplined, but he may not. And Democrats may not listen to him if he tries.