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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Democrats Under Ethics Cloud Benefit From Distracted Public
Allegations of ethics violations by Democrats in recent months have not made the same splash that they did a few years ago when Republicans were on the receiving end.

Top legislators knew of interrogations

Washington Times:
CIA held dozens of briefings on techniques

Parting Company
By Walter E. Williams

Texas Gov. Rick Perry rattled cages when he suggested that Texans might at some point become so disgusted with Washington’s gross violation of the U.S. Constitution that they would want to secede from the union. Political hustlers, their media allies and others, who have little understanding, are calling his remarks treasonous. Let’s look at it. Read more.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905

Could anyone come up with a more fitting description of what is going on now? Check out this cartoon from the Chicago Tribune from a 1934 issue.

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"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."

--Thomas Jefferson

Obama’s leap to socialism

By Dick Morris
President Obama showed his hand this week when The New York Times wrote that he is considering converting the stock the government owns in our country’s banks from preferred stock, which it now holds, to common stock.

This seemingly insignificant change is momentous. It means that the federal government will control all of the major banks and financial institutions in the nation. It means socialism. Read more.

The Uighurs and the 'Torture' Memos - HUMAN EVENTS
by Jed Babbin

White House lawyers are refusing to accept the findings of an inter-agency committee that the Uighur Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay are too dangerous to release inside the U.S., according to Pentagon sources familiar with the action.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Why Obama wants lawyers to rate judges.- WSJ.com
President Obama announced recently that he will restore the American Bar Association to pre-eminence in federal judicial vetting -- a privilege it lost under President Bush. And no wonder. A study out of three universities in Georgia says the ABA's vetting is predisposed toward more generous ratings of liberal nominees than of conservatives.

EXCLUSIVE: Senator's husband's firm cashes in on crisis - Washington Times
Feinstein sought $25 billion for agency that awarded contract to spouse

No surprise here.

There is a word for Obama diplomacy: 'Dangerous'
President Obama's encounter with Hugo Chavez at the Western Hemisphere summit may be soon forgotten as one of those footnotes, seemingly important and compelling at the time, but lost in the shuffle of history. In another time, another world, the "anti-imperialista" demonstrators who spat on then Vice President Richard Nixon [in Venezuela, by the way] didn't know they were contributing to a political career that would shake the U.S. and the world.

Israel's military changes gears as U.S. balks on weapons assistance
TEL AVIV — Israel is gearing up the development and production of indigenous munitions so as not to be overly dependent on U.S. weapons.

"We have to end our exclusive dependency on the United States in the area of air bombs," an official said.

The official said the administration of President Barack Obama has delayed U.S. weapons shipments to Israel.

A Backdoor Nationalization
The latest Treasury brainstorm will retard a banking recovery.

Islamists Push to Expand Taliban-Style Shari’a Across Pakistan
– Emboldened by the Pakistan government’s agreement to allow the imposition of shari’a in the extremist-controlled Swat valley, fundamentalist clerics are pushing to spread the Taliban’s interpretation of Islamic law across the country. Weekend remarks by Swat-based pro-Taliban leader Sufi Muhammad suggesting that Pakistan’s courts and democratic system were un-Islamic caused an uproar in the national legislature on Monday.

I didn't vote for this.

But too many Americans did. Socialism will bring us to a second rate status on the world stage.

Hugo Chavez Says Venezuelan Socialism Has Begun to Reach U.S. Under Obama

- Inspired by his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Americas Summit, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared on Sunday: “It would seem that the changes that started in Venezuela in the last decade of the 20th century have begun to reach North America."

Obama urges citizens to undertake national service

Obama wants more Americans to volunteer. So he signed $5.7 billion national service bill today that will triple the size of AmeriCorps program in the next eight years and will help more students fund their college education.

President "O" says, "It creates opportunities to serve for students, seniors and everyone in between," he said. "And it is just the beginning of a sustained, collaborative and focused effort to involve our greatest resource — our citizens — in the work of remaking this nation." (emphasis mine- HH)

It's "only" a 100 billion dollars

Obama proposes $100 billion U.S. loan for IMF (International Monetary Fund)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a $100 billion U.S. loan to the International Monetary Fund to boost the IMF's resources and urged a bigger stake in the IMF for emerging powers.

51% View Tea Parties Favorably

While thirty-three percent (33%) hold an unfavorable opinion of the tea parties, according to a Rasmussen poll.

America's health care system isn't perfect, of course.

However, it is not as bad as what the left makes it out to be. The best way to minimize the number of Americans without health insurance is to have a system whereby we can select the coverage that best suits us individually and allows us to keep it when we change employers.

This would mean that government must get their noses out of the insurance business and stop mandating that health plans include coverage for every condition imaginable.

Jason Fodeman writes on the health insurance issue in the Boston Herald.

Spending won't turn economy around this year.

But tax cuts, federal frugality just might
By Brian Reidl

WASHINGTON -- The idea that government "stimulus" spending can lift the United States out of recession seems straightforward. Government spends money, demand increases, the economy grows and the recession ends. Pretty simple! But this theory has one problem: it has never actually worked anywhere it has been tried.


After proposing a 3.7 trillion dollar budget (a budget bigger than all previous presidents' budgets COMBINED) he went out on tax day (April 15th) and said our government has spent too much money in the past and have not been responsible stewards of tax payers money.

Talk about chutzpah!

More recently, he has requested a 100 million dollar budget cut. Are you kidding me?

Here is a diagram from The Heritage Foundation that demonstrates the insignificance of his proposed tax "cuts."

Brian Riedl is a Grover M. Hermann fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation and frames the significance this way:

· It is 1/40,000 of the federal budget;

· It is 1/7,830 the size of the recent “stimulus” bill;

· It would close 1/1,845 of this year’s budget deficit;

· It is the amount the federal government spends every 13 minutes; and

· For a family earning $40,000 annually, it is the equivalent of cutting $1 from their family budget. (Bold emphasis is mine- HH)

"In addition to an abhorrence of democracy, and the recognition that government posed the gravest threat to liberty, our founders harbored a deep distrust and suspicion of Congress. This suspicion and distrust is exemplified by the phraseology used throughout the Constitution, particularly our Bill of Rights, containing phrases such as Congress shall not: abridge, infringe, deny, disparage or violate. Today's Americans think Congress has the constitutional authority to do anything upon which they can get a majority vote. We think whether a particular measure is a good idea or bad idea should determine passage as opposed to whether that measure lies within the enumerated powers granted Congress by the Constitution. Unfortunately, for the future of our nation, Congress has successfully exploited American constitutional ignorance or contempt."

--George Mason University economics professor Walter E. Williams

Sunday, April 19, 2009



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