So little time, so much to comment on. A few more quick hits:
–the mainstream media’s relative indifference to the many “tea party” protests of runaway government spending is a blatant example of selective “un-reporting.” When George W. Bush was president, did they ever miss a Code Pink caterwaul, or a MoveOn.org spew? If even three people got together to bitch about anything the Bush administration did, it was front page news. Americans protesting to save their country from financial ruin? Not “officially” happening.
–memo to our “celebrity” president: SENATOR Barack Obama appears on the “Jay Leno Show.” PRESIDENT Barack Obama has Jay Leno to the White House.
–Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner wants expanded powers to seize large insurers, hedge funds and investment firms (not just banks as currently allowed by law) if they become “distressed.” Two questions: 1. Do Americans want to give this kind of unprecedented power to an unelected official (in this particular case a “remorseful” tax cheat)? 2. Who gets to define “distressed?”
–in a Congress full of liars, cheats and thieves, is there anyone with less credibility than Chris Dodd (D-CN)? If the people of Connecticut re-elect this duplicitous hack, they deserve everything they get.
–Nancy Pelosi’s characterization of ICE workplace raids to bust illegal immigrants as “un-American” is stunning for both its stupidity and its pandering. But it is also an indication that the American public will once again be forced to confront a Congress determined to enact some sort of “amnesty” sold as “reform.”
–does anyone still remember that Democrats won control of Congress in 2006 in large part because they promised to change the “culture of corruption” that ostensibly accrued to Republicans only? Can anyone still take that promise seriously?
–Barack Obama is putting additional troops into Afghanistan. Is this a “surge?” Does anyone think a single Republican will refer to this war as “lost” as Democrat Harry Reid did when president Bush put additional troops into Iraq? Does anyone still believe America lost the war in Iraq? Do any liberals think we actually won it?
–in the state of California, officials there want to ban certain types of TV sets because their additional energy needs contribute to global warming. A better solution comes to mind: limit the number of TV shows and movies Hollywood celebrities can produce, thereby reducing the demand to watch TV. If bureaucratic meddlers insist on messing with peoples’ lives, they can start at the top of the food chain–if they have the guts.
–how addicted to technology are we becoming? A parent of two teenagers recently told me that when he want to punish his kids, he no longer sends them to their rooms, where they have TV, Internet and cell phones. Instead, he takes their phones and sends them outside, telling them they can go to the beach, fish, play sports, etc. He says it really upsets them to commune with nature. Any correlation between this attitude and skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity is undoubtedly “coincidental.”
–the American left is convinced “trickle down” economics was a failure, and that working from the “bottom up” will restore economic health. Really? Poor people take risks, start companies and create jobs? How? With what? The left believes a college education for everyone will do the trick. Perhaps they need to be reminded it was a bunch of Ivy League grads, our “best and brightest,” that managed to run the country into the ground. And perhaps they also need to be reminded that the expansion of government dependency is far more likely to nurture sloth and entitlement than resourcefulness and ambition.
–last Friday, 21,000 people showed up for the funeral of four slain Oakland police officers, Sgts. Mark Dunakin, 40, Erv Romans, 43, Daniel Sakai, 35, and Officer John Hege, 41. On the Wednesday before that, 60 people showed up to protest the killing of their murderer, Lovelle Mixon. 21,000 people supporting officers slain in the line of duty is not enough. 60 people supporting a dirt-bag cop-killer is way too many. And once again, the relative lack of national media coverage regarding this atrocity is an outrage.
–on Sunday Barack Obama announced the war in Afghanistan will not be “open-ended.” Should Americans demand a date certain for withdrawal–like liberals demanded for Iraq? If not, why not?
–Webster’s definition of socialism: “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.” So far, government has an ownership stake in banks, and the nation’s largest insurance company, the president of the United States just fired the CEO of General Motors as a prerequisite for buying a stake in that company, and the Treasury Secretary announced that the free market can’t fix our economic problems, even as he characterized government as “the only solution.” Liberals insist that any reference to socialism is a gross exaggeration of reality. It doesn’t get more willfully ignorant than that.
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