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Archive for November 3rd, 2005

Not Bad… Not Bad at all

Posted by Ryan on November 3, 2005

I personally believe that Bill Frist is a weaker majoritiy leader than his two predecessors in his tact, as well as his conservative philosophy on the use of government (read “spending”). So, when I read the article posted by Salinger I was mildly excited that Senate Republicans actually held a line on spending, cutting social programs that needed trimming.

I come from a school of government spending policy that has four major priorities:

  1. Defense: I believe in the Peace-Dividend, because it worked against the Soviet scourge. As the administration of the late, great Ronaldus Magnus once articulated: Peace Through Strength. Hoo-ah!
  2. Education: I believe that carefully spent, means-tested money devoted to educating our populace with diverse skills for an every changing workforce makes America better able to compete with the ever growing markets of China and (let’s not forget the other member of the Billion Club) India. Check out Newt’s site for more neat ideas on education. As a teacher in the public “screwl” system I certainly do NOT believe that current education spending is the way to go, but I do believe that the government has some stake in trying to have the American education system produce the BEST members of a productive and kick-ass American society.
  3. Infrastructure: carefully spending cash on infrastructure helps to ease the flow of people to work, and the flow of commerce across the nation. Just make sure that that pothole on Route 1 actually gets filled in– yet, while doing so we don’t always need a union rep, supervisor, and three workers on overtime using our money to watch Pele plug the hole.
  4. Technology: government investment in new technology is also critical in competing with foreign markets. With new fuel technology and drilling with cleaner, safer, less intrusive methods on our OWN land, we can free ourselves from foreign fuel source dependency and cut costs to our own companies. For example: the contemporarily posh “hydrogen car”-style talking point graft is not the way to go. Hydrogen fuel has to be derived from liquified natural gas, which still makes us dependent on foreign companies that may threaten our long and short term national security interests. Let’s invest in ideas that are innovative that do not have us going in supply-oriented circles.

THEN, anything else after the first four have been funded in a responsible, means-tested way is suspect to pork, grandstanding and liberalism.

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It’s a start…

Posted by Sal on November 3, 2005

Well, for the first time since 1997, Republicans in the Senate voted for a “Spending Cut“. It is worth pointing out, as has been by many others more learned and famous than myself, that all this really means is that programs won’t grow as much this year as they were originally supposed to under the annual baseline budget increase that all programs are supposed to get. Sound confusing? That’s the way the liberals want it. Baseline budgeting automatically schedules a spending increase for each federal program on the books. So, for example, if the Food Stamp program is scheduled to receive a 13% increase, and the congress decides to only increase it by 10%, that is considered a spending cut. (Makes you wonder what they’d call it if you actually decreased a budget from one year to the next…)

Imagine what this means. Recently, it was learned that not all people eligible for food stamps were applying for them. In fact, the program has to advertise and push some people to get these food stamps. Instead of assessing where the program is and realistically determine its budget needs (like a business would do), it automatically has a 13% increase next year. Those evil Republicans try to slow the rate of growth in a program that has obvious problems, (say down to 10%) and they’re taking away from the hungry. How Orwellian.

So the Republicans cut (in the loose sense of the word) the budget by about $36 billion over 5 years. When we have a $300 billion deficit, that’s only a drop in the bucket. But at least it’s a start.

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MSM Harassment

Posted by Sal on November 3, 2005

Judge Alito’s poor 90-year old mother is being harassed incessantly by the MSM, according to Drudge. Do the not have any shame?

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Who Let Specter Become Chairman?!

Posted by Mike on November 3, 2005

The first website ever listed in our links section is reporting that hearings for Judge Alito will commence on January 9, 2006. Why did the President support Specter over Toomey? Why did Senate Republicans support Specter for Chairman? That R next to their names doesn’t always supply common sense!

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It’s about time!

Posted by Sal on November 3, 2005

I think Michael Chertoff was the right man to be tapped for Homeland Security Director. He’s finally taking the steps necessary to secure the borders. This is probably one of the most critical issues in the war on terror, and it’s about time someone took action.

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The Alito-Reagan Analogy

Posted by Mike on November 3, 2005

Ilya Shapiro makes the case that Alito is to Bork what Reagan was to Goldwater. Reagan successfully ushered in conservatism sixteen years after Goldwater’s unsuccessful campaign laid the foundation. Similarly, Alito will now be confirmed because the times have changed. Thank you Judge Bork for paving the way for an originalist.

Mr. Shapiro also provides an excellent analysis of the predictable left-wing media.

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Man of Steele

Posted by Ryan on November 3, 2005

It’s a sad state of affairs when this is happening without the MSM even acknowledging it. I read this and was completely disgusted! Talk about an outrageous double standard! OREO COOKIES for Goodness sake!!! Also, for good measure, the NAA”L”CP should lose their tax exempt status.

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Last of the Patriots (in the Democrat Party)

Posted by Mike on November 3, 2005

Zell Miller clearly and consicely articulates what the Joe Wilson-Valerie Plame mess is all about today at AJC.com. Miller himself admits that this sounds like a conspiracy theory. However, I would note that the entire “CIA Leak” story presupposes the truth of one of two conspiracy theories. The first theory is that President lied about intelligence to lead us into war. This conspiracy theory is bunk. Our own intelligence agencies as well as those around the world supported the conclusion that Iraq possessed WMDs at the time. Moreover, the Kay and Butler reports conclude that Hussein was intent on resurrecting his programs.

Senator Miller outlines the second conspiracy theory. Logic dictates that one of the two conspiracy theories must be true. After all, something happened to create this story in the first place. Either the administration lied or the person accusing them of doing so was lying. The evidence suggests that the last of the patriotic democrats is on to something.

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The Truth Hurts, Especially When Told by Annie C

Posted by Mike on November 3, 2005

“Fitzmas sucked. Instead of GI Joe and Mr. Machine, all Democrats got was a lousy cardigan sweater. ” Ann Coulter has once again summed up the democrats in a harsh yet truthful manner.

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The Kook Fringe

Posted by Sal on November 3, 2005

Well, say what you want about the crack-up and stunts the Democrats have undergone in the past week, but it appears that these actions have energized the base of the Democratic party, a.k.a. “The Kook Fringe”.

The problem for the Democrats is, by appealing to the “kook fringe”, they are alienating the majority of the American People. 2006 is looking better all the time.

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