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United 93: Ryan’s Review

Posted by Ryan on April 30, 2006


The movie I’d been anticipating for months finally arrived and I had to see it opening weekend while a percentage of the proceeds still went to the memorial. So I hopped on NJ Transit to NYC–the place where I thought I needed to see United 93.

Twenty minutes passed as I sat, motionless, at Newark Penn Station on my way to see Gauvin in New York City. The train had stopped. A brush fire near Secaucus diverted my stop at NY Penn by an “indeterminate” amount of time. My only alternative was to take another route quickly–movies fill up fast in NYC. Because of my location, however, I had to take the PATH, which coincidentally let us off at Ground Zero.

It was the first time I had ever seen the emptiness up close, the passer’s-by reading the signs and plaques with a kind of quasi-religous awe, and the odd feeling of loss and wonder that permeated the entire area. I stood in a place that changed America on my way to see a movie about that very day. I knew I was in the right place.

After stopping by TWO theaters that did NOT carry United 93, Gauvin had to call 411 and a nice lady directed us to a theater nearby that DID show the film. I know it’s New York, and I know people are sensitive and stuff, but after having seen the film I am sorely disappointed by their choice to boycott this film.

The film opens in a hotel room. The hijackers pray, shave off all excess hair (a tradition in jihad that goes back thousands of years), and anxiously prepare for their doom. It’s from that moment on that you know this film means it. I will say no more about the film itself since you know what happens and I would not want to ruin the drama that takes us to that point. What I can say is that it was not “Hollywood” at all– the people were ordinary, real. From the people on the plane to the air-traffic controllers to the terrorists themselves, you feel that this docudrama’s authenticity, like The Passion, is going to move you.

Some have said that this is the best movie they’ll never see again. I will see this film again. I’ll buy it on DVD. I’ll tell all within my voice and keyboard to see the film–not for any political engrandizement, but for your soul. The world in which we live was shaped by that day and this film pays a respectful and powerful hommage to it. See it. Also, I’d love it if you shared with your thoughts on the film, too– what you thought, why you saw it, or why you won’t see it.

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Rush “Not Guilty!”

Posted by Ryan on April 29, 2006


Drudge has the scoop! Rush has to jump through some hoops, but at least in 18 months, the whole thing’ll be behind him… just in time for his estute political analysis during the run up to the 2008 election!

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Norah, You Ignorant Slut

Posted by Mike on April 28, 2006

This was originally posted after Scott McClellan’s resignation but worth a mention here while we’re on the topic of the White House press corps. Saturday Night Live, a show which only seems to be funny during the latter half of any given decade, recently took a pretty amusing swipe at the White House and the press. You can check out the video at Expose the Left.

These reporters who seem to think it is their job to debate rather than report are ripe for counter-punching. Let’s see if Tony Snow can learn something from Brittany Doyle.

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Gouging Us with Shifty Eyes…

Posted by Ryan on April 28, 2006


Rush brings up a funny point about this idea of the oil companies “gouging” the consumers because of the record numerical profits Exxon-Mobil and other companies have seen in the first quarter this year. Rush’s point is:

  • The oil companies get 9 cents per gallon of gas in profit at the pump.
  • The Federal tax on gas is 18 cents per gallon.
  • If Exxon-Mobil made $8.4 billion in the first quarter, then the Feds must have made just under $17 billion in that same time period, while also taxing the profits Exxon-Mobil made after that.

Rush coyly asks if the Federal government isn’t, perhaps, gouging us at least a little bit. Can’t they lower the tax on gasoline? Should we have an investigation into the Federal government gouging the consumers? Microsoft’s profits are up 38% this year. Does our economy really need newer, faster computer operating systems? Shouldn’t they pay, too?

I know the Feds provide us with some important stuff (military, infrastructure, etc.), and there’s good to come out of investigating individual gas stations that may gouge, but the oil companies themselves have been watched so often for so long under such scrutiny, that the talk of investigating price gouging at the corporate level seems like simple, short-sighted political pandering.

Lower the federal gas tax and nab the creeps who gouge us locally.

Thank Oldgas.com for the pict.

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CNN Outfoxing Themselves

Posted by Mike on April 28, 2006

CNN is bragging that they are the favorite network of the White House press corps. As if informing normal Americans that Helen Thomas and Dave Gregory prefer CNN will boost their ratings. If the networks ever start negative advertising, I think Fox News should produce a commercial to remind people about this.

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Doing the Jobs Americans Refuse to Do

Posted by Mike on April 28, 2006

Proponents of amnesty for illegal aliens often squawk that illegals perform jobs Americans refuse to do. I suppose intimidating businesses in cities across the country, including Providence, Rhode Island, is one of those jobs. Michael Graham of WTTK radio in Boston has been all over this thuggery on his radio show all week. It’s difficult enough to expect Americans to overlook the fact that illegals have broken the law. It’s outrageous to expect sympathy when their protest tactics include not so subtly “pressuring” people to support your illegal activities.

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Sonds Like Rotten to Me

Posted by Mike on April 28, 2006

Does anyone doubt that even the name She Who Must Not be Named uses will depend poll numbers?

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Well, It’s a Little Offense…

Posted by Ryan on April 27, 2006


Senator Limp Frist and some of the other mamby-pamby Republican Senators have proposed a clever conundrum for the Democrats: We’ll give people money back in the form of tax cuts for gas relief, IF you let us drill in ANWR.

Not bad…

It ain’t perfect, but it will call the Dems out… somewhat. All they’ll say is “tax-breaks for the rich” or “the deficit, the deficit” or “small band-aid on a deep cut” or “we can’t afford tax-cuts” (who’s “we” by the way?) etc. Yet, they won’t have solutions more than a tax and spend plan targeting SUVs or wind-fall profits–you know, divide the public, typical Us v. Them liberal dribble, which won’t offer market-based solutions.

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New Press Secretary

Posted by Sal on April 26, 2006


Fox News’ Tony Snow has been named the new White House Press Secretary. He is the perfect man for this job. He is poised, intelligent, unabashedly conservative, and has a good demeanor for dealing with the press. Tony Snow was a speech writer in the first Bush administration, the principle guest host for Rush Limbaugh in the early 90s, and was the host of Fox News Sunday for 8 years. Since then, he has hosted a syndicated radio show.

Tony Snow could help revitalize the Bush administration by pushing the successes of the administration in Iraq and the economy, provided that the administration lets Tony Snow be Tony Snow.

It will be interesting to watch. I myself am looking forward to his first confrontation with Helen Thomas or David Gregory.

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William Hague Urges Stronger Support for Human Rights

Posted by Mike on April 25, 2006

William Hague, former leader of the British Conservative party, has called for stepping up the pressure on regimes who abuse human rights. Unlike former President Jimmy Carter, who pompously proclaims his superiority on this issue before kissing up to the Arafats, Castros and Chavezes of the world, Hague has backed up his rhetoric by proposing a ban on investments to countries like Burma and applying pressure to others like North Korea. The British Tories are usually solid like that.

Although he was smoked by Tony Blair in 2001, I have a feeling William Hague may very well become Prime Minister one day. His political stature was revived when current party leader David Cameron named him to the key post of Shadow Foreign Secretary. Considering his latest proposals and most recent performances, he appears to be making the most of the opportunity. Hague’s debating skills are unparalleled and few politicians have his ability to identify and tackle the most important issues facing the UK and the world. He’s not ready for the top job yet but keep an eye out for this politician.

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Cindy Sheehan Brings a Little Class to That Town

Posted by Mike on April 25, 2006


As Mark Levin would say, I think this woman attended charm school on a football scholarship. Zombie Time has video and a good roundup of the loon’s speech in Berkeley last month where she exclaimed her joy about speaking in “Smartland” and displayed her trademark dignity and grace. And to think the left was once giddy about putting her on display. Oh, right.

Link via Expose the Left

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This is a McCarthy Worth Worrying About!

Posted by Ryan on April 25, 2006


Mary O. McCarthy should be in jail for a very long time. They used to say “loose lips sink ships” because people who are around sensitive intelligence should not be in the business of leaking info to the New York Slimes, the Washington Compost, or any other media source. Leaking actionable intelligence could kill people. She denies of course, but what is clear is that she was a 1990s Clintonista and she obviously thinks her antiquated, pre-9/11 worldview should trump those of our elected officials.

Rush had a monologue once a few months ago about this very topic. He believed that a major problem in the CIA and the Pentagon was that plenty of these “career” analysts are trying to sabotage the Bush Administration because their worldview’s conflict. Since they’ll be at their desks years after GWB is gone, they feel that Bush and our other elected officials simply don’t understand the nuances. Plus, changing the way our analysts work would be a lot of inconvenient extra work for them to do as well. The whole Joe Wilson incident illustrates the animus amongst the rogue elements of our intelligence field. They must be purged (as has been happening for 5 years), and in the case of McCarthy, put in jail for a long time.

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Euston, They Have a Problem

Posted by Mike on April 25, 2006

I know its unlikely. After all pacifism seems to run through their bloodstream, but liberals could take tough stands against terrorism. Bill Kristol’s commentary on the Euston Manifesto, a statement of principles by prominent British leftists against tyranny, shows that it isn’t impossible for liberals to take a stand against evil in the world. As noted by Kristol, liberals who fight terrorism or dictatorships who pose a threat are not unheard of. Tony Blair is Kristol’s example. Joe Lieberman would be another. Neither of these outstanding leaders hesitate in their support for terror-fighting measures and operations. Blair and Lieberman are excellent role models to those who otherwise share their ideology.

Liberals have had a problem with the big issues in history. President Carter betrayed the Shah, our key Iranian ally, thereby allowing an Islamofascist revolution we are still dealing with to take hold. They opposed Reagan every step of the way while he implemented a grand strategy to win the Cold War. The Clinton administration actually gave North Korea the nuclear material which was immediately used in their weapons program, articulated but never acted upon a policy of regime change in Iraq and erected a wall preventing the sharing of intelligence between the FBI and CIA. The left carped during the early days of the Afghanistan war, calling it a quagmire. They close their eyes to the good news in Iraq. What’s next? Who knows?

Conservatives and liberals can share both the burden of making tough choices to defend America and the credit for success resulting from those decisions without destroying political gamesmanship. Sure the libs would lose some moonbats in the process but they could attract some of those voters who want to vote Democrat but don’t because of the Democrat’s tendency to appease. Liberals could run on their government-run everything while conservatives run on lower taxes and less government. Each side would win some elections and lose others. (The right would win more but that happens now so the left has nothing to lose).

Bipartisan consensus on confronting evil that threatens the world would not be a bad thing. It might even make the world safer. Blair, Lieberman and certain British intellectuals understand that they can still be solid liberals on numerous issues while confronting evil in the world. Why don’t the rest of them?

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President Bush Running on Empty

Posted by Mike on April 25, 2006

Combating higher gas prices should be a national priority. This is difficult to do because of the concept of supply and demand, market forces beyond the control of any one person or political movement. However, this issue is causing trouble for the party in power when it doesn’t have to. The President must renew his call for ANWR exploration and propose a suspension of the federal gas tax and another round of tax cuts.

Democrats of course are exploiting this situation and somehow are getting away with it despite the fact that they have no credibility on this issue. It’s awfully difficult to believe Democrats complaining about rising gas prices when higher gas prices is something they push for. Liberals believe gas prices should be higher to create an incentive to for alternative energy. Heck, Al Gore wrote a book demanding higher gas prices. As is the case with so many other issues, the President seems incapable of counter-punching. Today’s speech shows a President who is meandering around on the issue and practically begging for a Democrat Congress.

Directly combating rising gas prices is not easy. Exploration could help in the long term but Democrats and certain Republicans, OK Democrats are opposing it. Few leaders even mentioning suspending gas taxes while prices are on the rise. In the absence of effective short term measures, Congress and the President should offset the cost of gasoline to consumers by allowing people to keep more of their money. Yes a tax cut. It wouldn’t combat the issue of higher prices but at least it would ease the pain of a fill up.

The Democrats would oppose such a move for a number of reasons. First, they believe the money people earn belongs to them. Second, they want higher gas prices because they hate oil companies and are in bed with environmental kooks. Third, they don’t mind inflicting pain on Americans so long as Bush is blamed. The President needs to push hard to suspend the federal gas tax, lower taxes in other areas and more drilling. Make the liberals show their hand.

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No One is Safe

Posted by Mike on April 25, 2006

A coordinated terrorist attack killed 23 people and injured at least 150 in Dahab, Egypt yesterday. Three bombs, in different locations, left blood and body parts scattered in the streets. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this atrocity.

Coming two days after Al Jazeera aired an audio tape on which Osama Bin Laden characterized the U.S. led war on terror as a crusade against Islam, I think this attack will undermine Al Qaeda. Dahab is a tourist spot popular with a wide range of foreigners of all faiths, Muslims included. Bin Laden’s attempt to spin the world’s righteous response to his efforts to slaughter the innocent will ring hollow to Muslims and others who now have to deal with the fact that their friends and family have been senselessly murdered.

It is difficult to say that an event such as this can have a silver lining, but if it is possible to have one, it will be that Bin Laden will be viewed as a fraud by many who may have held a positive view of him or at least felt indifferent. If that is true, expect the remainder of the war against terror to be much more difficult for the 25 percent of Al Qaeda leadership still at large. Bombing areas where you could have found some nutcases to support your cause is no way to make allies. It is a good way to create a backlash. Let’s at least hope this attack causes that backlash.

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Jesuit Almost Pope

Posted by Mike on April 21, 2006

I have to say the Holy Spirit knows what he is doing. Catholics believe that the College of Cardinals are guided by the Holy Spirit when electing a new Pope. According to the AP, Cardinal Martini, who rumor has it won a significant number of votes in the most recent Conclave, has expressed some positions contrary to Catholic teaching. Among these are praise for legalized abortion and support for condom use to prevent the spread of AIDS. Of course the College of Cardinals went with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, infuriating media types who were rooting for the election of a non-Catholic, or at least a Jesuit.

Thank God this papabile fell short. Vive il Papa.

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Enforcement

Posted by Mike on April 21, 2006

Is law enforcement actually enforcing immigration laws? Without legislation sponsored by Democrats Ted Kennedy and John McCain? You mean we can actually enforce our borders with the laws already on the books? I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you.

Actions like this will help the GOP keep its base in November. Imagine a Republican President who actually shows a commitment to enforcing our borders in an election year. When asked why there is no guest worker program, blame Harry Reid. Conservatives see results. Mushy moderates sympathetic to lawbreakers see a President who tried but was stopped by obstructionist Democrats. Everyone is happy with W. And they think Rove was demoted.

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FYI

Posted by Mike on April 21, 2006

I’m going to stop working now.

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Hoping for the Perp Walk

Posted by Ryan on April 20, 2006


Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff told the press today that a raid across nine states yielded the largest single day illegal alien bust in recent American history. Seven executives were among those taken into custody!

I think this is a good start as long as perp walks follow– if there is no one willing to hire illegal aliens, then many would stop trekking over here in that manner isnce the opportunities would dry up. No company would risk losing everything and no executive would want to spend years in prison over this issue. We need to see more of this (as well as more Harry Reid calling this bold act a “stunt”)!

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Wow

Posted by Mike on April 20, 2006



NYT’ Sunday Preview: Madeleine Albright Can Leg-Press 400 Pounds

Link via Drudge

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Public School Morality

Posted by Sal on April 20, 2006

I’ve been ranting quite a bit lately on the state and need for improvement in Public Education, as well as the importance of Education in maintaining our status as Economic Superpower (both for economic and national security reasons). Today, thanks to my research expert (a.k.a. Mrs. Sal), I’m going to touch on the secularist worldview philosophy that is being pushed by the NEA on its students.

This post is being inspired by a story that is currently in the news here in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, in the town of Lexington. A second grade teacher at Joseph Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington read the students a children’s book entitled ”King & King.” The story is about two princes (yes, princes) who fall in love and get married, with the book ending with the two princes kissing. The parents of one student were upset because they were not notified of this subject matter, nor given the chance for their 7-year old son to opt-out. The school superintendent stated:

We couldn’t run a public school system if every parent who feels some topic is objectionable to them for moral or religious reasons decides their child should be removed. Lexington is committed to teaching children about the world they live in, and in Massachusetts same-sex marriage is legal.

The parent of the child holds a different view:

My son is only 7 years old. By presenting this kind of issue at such a young age, they’re trying to indoctrinate our children. They’re intentionally presenting this as a norm, and it’s not a value that our family supports.

The NEA has, over the past 10 years, been actively pushing the teaching of homosexuality as part of sex education courses in schools. The NEA has also supported various gay activist groups, abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood, and has an actively pro-abortion stance. In addition, it has been the mission of the NEA from its founding that has been to promote a secularist Marxist world view. Note that this is distinctly different from not promoting a worldview at all. To conclude, the NEA has an unhealthy influence over the direction our country takes on social, moral, and cultural issues. The “King & King” story is just one example. There will be many more as time goes on.

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Democrats Supporting the Troops Again

Posted by Mike on April 20, 2006

Harriet Reid is on record saying the U.S. cannot win a war in Iran because we wasted our resources in Iraq. So much for the Democrats being tough on National Security. Putting aside the fact that Reid believes the U.S. can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, his statement reveals the Democrats inability to defend America and their zeal to score political points even if it means endangering the country.

The United States has troops stationed in Iraq, the country which borders Iran to the west. The United States has troops stationed in Afghanistan, the country which borders Iran to the east. Iran is surrounded with brave American troops, or as Reid would call them “resources”, ready to go at a moment’s notice if necessary. American military technology is second to none. Troops are reenlisting. America clearly has the ability, the manpower and resources to defeat Iran and Reid knows it.

Even assuming Harry the Body is right in his assertion America cannot win a war in Iran (he’s not), publicly saying so while the world is pressuring Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program undermines all attempts for peaceful solution. Reid’s message that we couldn’t defeat Iran could deter potential allies. After all, who wants to join a war that can’t be won? Reid’s comments also provide a ray of hope to Tehran that the U.S. may not be able to win an armed conflict, encouraging them to continue their saber rattling.

Reid’s comments show that the Democrats are not only unfit to govern the country, but also unfit to serve as the loyal opposition.

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One Year With Benedict

Posted by Sal on April 19, 2006


April 19, 2006, marks one year since Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was chosen to become Pope Benedict XVI, following in the HUGE wake of Pope John Paul the Great. Expectations were high and both positive and negative comparisons were inevitable, considering Benedict turns 79 this year.

MSNBC’s token article on Benedict’s reception by the Catholic youth that John Paul connected with so well is biased and probably not written by a Catholic (at least one who abandoned the shopping cart). Despite MSNBC’s expectations, the Catholic youth around the world really likes this new pontiff! Unfortunately, the article isn’t great since it, among other things, presupposes that Benedict was a just crickity old man that was out of touch because of his conservative stand on Catholic doctrine. I believe that the College of Cardinals knew what it was doing when they selected Benedict as a solid, if transitionary, pope. His logic is easy to follow and remains steadfast with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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Berlusconi Should Reject the Gore Precedent

Posted by Mike on April 19, 2006

The people can elect a good government. The people can elect a bad government. In a democracy, the people can elect any kind of government they want according to whatever pre-established rules are in place. The people of Italy have elected a weak leader who will implement socialist policies which have failed every time and everywhere they have been tried. That is their prerogative. That is democracy.

It is time for Silvio Berlusconi to concede. Italy’s highest court has confirmed the results of the recent election. Undeer the Italian system, the election is over. Prodi will be the new Prime Minister. A democracy can only thrive when the losers of election accept the results. I hope Berlusconi will take the high road his sore loser ministers refuse to take and reject the Gore precedent.

Democracy is the best form of government because it provides the best policy results more frequently than any other system. Moreover, democracy recognizes the right of every person, even those who normal people view as insane, to participate in the process. Some election results are better than others, but as a whole, the system works. The consequences of Prodi’s socialism will speak themselves. The right will make its case again. However, this battle is over.

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Practice What you Preach

Posted by Sal on April 19, 2006

The government of Mexico has been very vocal in the recent illegal immigration debate, calling looking for leniency on current illegal immigrants, humane treatment of Mexican citizens here in the U.S. illegally, and a guest worker program to allow Mexican citizens to travel back and forth. However, Mexico apparently doesn’t practice what it preaches. In Mexico, Illegal Immigrants are treated as follows:

  • They are considered felons
  • They are often subject to detention, rape, and robbery by local officials
  • Illegal Immigrants have been known to be beaten to death or shot

Now, I’m definitely not saying we should adapt those practices here. However, shouldn’t Mexico practice a little of what it preaches?

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Strategery

Posted by Mike on April 19, 2006


There is no need to put Strategery by Bill Sammon away in a lockbox. This is the best book I’ve read in a long time. I highly recommend it.

Sammon essentially leads the reader on a journey from John Kerry’s primary victories through the election of 2004 and into a good part of President Bush’s second term. You will feel like you are there when reading Sammon’s account of the election. Sammon covers a wide range of topics that are both substantive and political. Most memorable for me were his retrospectives on the Abu Gharib media orgasm, Zell Miller screaming “Spitballs” at the Republican National Convention, Kerry refusing to accept the fact he lost, and even little Jack Roberts breakdancing in the White House.

Peppered throughout the book are the thoughts of key officials, including those of the President himself, on the significance of certain 2004 campaign events and the current political landscape. The White House’s thoughts on the political skills of She Who Must Not Be Named were widely documented when this book was released.

Few liberals are spared from Sammon’s sharp wit. Media whores are called out for the consequences of their irresponsible reporting. You get a good sense of just how delusional moonbats like Chris Matthews truly are. Democrat hypocrisy is also displayed for the world to see. This book is informative, highly entertaining and should be required reading.

What struck me as I sped through this masterpiece was just how incompetent the White House communications wing has been over the past year. The President has succeeded on many major issues including terrorism, judicial activism, the economy, and yes Iraq without a political windfall. One would think these accomplishments could speak for themselves but obviously not. Today, Scott McClellan resigned as White House Press Secretary. I think “Stretch” would be a worthy replacement.

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South Korea vs. Japan: Let’s Get It On

Posted by Mike on April 19, 2006

I’m just kidding, but I wonder how the U.N. would settle this one? I bet they’d pass a resolution calling for the islands to fall under the sovereignty of North Korea.

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The Emergence of China

Posted by Sal on April 19, 2006

The UK paper The Independent has a warning message for America: be careful, China may overtake the US economically by 2045. There are many reasons for the rise of China’s economy, some dubious (such as the controlling of the value of its currency against the U.S. Dollar) and some legitimate (opening up Free market capitalist ideas within a totalitarian (one can hardly call it Communist anymore) system. The prospects of a China with economic supremacy is a scary one, as the Chinese government currently does not place the same value on human rights as the West, their army is a force to be reckoned with, and they have imperialistic tendencies. The U.S. needs to get its act together if it is going to compete with China in the 21st century and remain the economic superpower of the world (Note to America-bashers: Chinese economic surpremacy should worry you as well; the Chinese, based on intelligence data and news reports, may not be satisfied with economic domination). So is all lost for the U.S.? No. But we have a lot of work to do to stay competitive, and it needs to begin soon. I fear, however, that the Liberal Democrats will try to thwart any necessary initiative to maintain our supremacy, and the Republicans don’t have enough of a spine to propose these measures.

Education: This has been one of my hot-button issues lately. I spoke of some of the problems I see here, We need to produce the smartest, most well-educated students in the world. We have the ability, we did it throughout the 30s through the 60s. Some things that need to happen:

  • Intense Early Elementary Education: Students need to be able to read, do math, and even speak a foreign language earlier than we are achieving this now. We are behind the rest of the world in this regard, and it is handicapping our ability to do more later on in high school.
  • Utilize part-time Subject Matter Experts: Newt Gingrich has an idea to bring in experts in particular fields part time to educate children on areas of science, technology, computers, etc. as a supplement to the student’s primary teachers. A teacher, no matter how great, can’t be an expert in all subjects. Why not rely on additional sources to help supplement the day-to-day knowledge imparted by the primary teacher?
  • Allow students to attend the school of their choice: Other countries have tried this with great success. States where this has been tried (before being overturned by rogue courts) have met with great success. It is a law of human nature that competition breeds success. The public schools will become better naturally with the increased competition, which will bring up the nation’s educational caliber overall.
  • Semi-college level courses in High School: Many of the core courses that College Freshmen and Sophomores take are taught in High School in other countries. We need to have kids finishing up Calculus by the time they leave High School, and have advanced courses in English, Math, History and Culture, and the Sciences. Going to College should be a much more advanced transition than it is now.

Reform the Tax Code: The current tax code is a major burden on businesses to expand growth, hire employees, and expand our economy in general. The Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2002 have proven their worth with a hugely expansive economy, but the size of the tax cuts are just a drop in the bucket if the U.S. is to remain competitive. Things that need to be done:

  • Simplify the Income Tax Code: Whether it’s a flat Income Tax, or the Income tax is done away with in the form of a consumption tax, a much lower and simpler tax rate is needed to reward the successful and remove the billions in GDP we spend every year on filing our taxes. Federal Income/Consumption tax should be no more than 20% of income, and more probably less (16-18% seems to be the typical proposals). No more complex tax forms and deductions, just a simple, one-page form with a check to be written out each quarter.
  • Eliminate Corporate Income Tax: The corporate income tax is probably the biggest drain on our economy today. A corporate tax is really a tax on consumers, as business build it into their forecast and charge prices accordingly. Eliminating this tax would drive the price of goods down and allow corporations to put more back into investment in future products/initiatives.
  • Eliminate Dividend/Capital Gains Taxes: The tax on dividends and Capital Gains taxes is a tax on those who fuel the economy with their investments. Removing this tax would spur investment.

Remove needless Regulation: The over-regulation of organizations like OCEA, the EPA, etc. cost our economy billions every year in GDP. It takes countless attorney’s alone to figure out the rules that companies need to abide by. We need more common-sense rules that are easy to follow and understand, but still protect workers, the environment (in a common-sense way), and the consumer.

Reform Draining Programs: Programs like Social Security and Medicare are HUGE drains on our economy. They should be reformed to make them more efficient (I.E. Social Security Private Accounts would both salvage the program, increase the benefits, and provide investment growth to the economy).

Reform Health Care: Health care is a big problem. It’s over-priced, insurance based structure is a drain on the economy, and it needs to be fixed. Universal Health Care is not the answer, as that will provide a bigger drain on the economy, and lower the quality of care as well as the quality of research for new cures and medicines. Some ideas in this area include:

  • Tort reform: Tort reform is necessary to lower the damages allowed in lawsuits. This is the single biggest health care reform that can be achieved, as malpractice insurance is the biggest contributor to our overpriced health care system.
  • Pay-as-you-go: Return to a pay-as-you-go system with safety nets for the poor
  • Medical Savings Accounts: Tax-free medical savings accounts to allow individuals to be able to pay for health care w/o insurance.
  • Insurance Reform: Insurance to be utilized for only the large-costing medical expenses (i.e. Cancer care, major surgery, etc.)

There is much more that can be done, and needs to be done in order to maintain our economic status. There is urgency here, as the prospects of the world with China as the economic superpower is not something to be desired.

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Teddy’s Fault

Posted by Mike on April 18, 2006

Hey media, I suppose this was Teddy’s fault? After all, it was a natural disaster and he was a Republican President.

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I Hope You Mean It Mr. President

Posted by Mike on April 18, 2006

President Bush claims that his nominee for White House Budget Director, Rob Portman, “will be a powerful voice for pro-growth policies and spending restraint.” Unfortunately we’ve heard promises of fiscal restraint from our President before. Yet, spending continues to grow at a pace which would make Walter Mondale proud.

The President’s political standing will only improve if he pursues the common sense conservative policies demanded by his base and appreciated by the country as a whole. Unlike liberals, conservatives will not automatically support politicians who routinely betray their values. Words must be backed up with action.

A shakeup in this post is commendable. However, if a new suit is installed only to continue Washington’s out of control spending, then this would be nothing more than what Archie Bunker would call “putting lace on a bowling ball.”

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