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“300” Reasons to NOT Read the Slimes

Posted by Ryan on March 5, 2007

300 is a film coming out on Friday that is sure to please fans of stylistic bloody historic battle movies like me. I’ve been looking forward to this movie since I saw it’s trailer at Apocalypto months ago! Yet the Slimes comes in with this story on how the movie is an allegory of Bush and the Iraq War… or, maybe it’s not. They tried to do this with V for Vendetta— a movie I, a conservative, really enjoy. 300 was a comic book, loosely based on the Battle of Thermopylae, reworked by Frank Miller in 1998, just like V was penned about the future legacy of the Thatcher era as viewed in the early 1980s!

My thoughts: “Hey New York Slimes, get your liberal mitts off my bloody historic action films!”

Picture from Movies.com

UPDATE:  March 10, 2007– I just got back from this movie and loved it!  Lots of testosterone, blood, nakedness and a pro-freedom moral.  Any relation to contemporary politics?  Very little.  Like the article says, you’re going to get what you want to get out of the analogies, anecdote or allegory of this film.  I saw a visually stunning and captivating take on a 2400 year-old battle, stylized for a 21st century audience.

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Dealing with China: Why Laura Ingraham is Wrong

Posted by Sal on March 5, 2007

Let me preface this with the fact that I am a huge fan of Laura Ingraham.  I love her show, think that she is one of the most important voices in the spread of conservatism, and find her to be both informative and humorous.  She was a leading force that helped get Harriet Miers to withdraw her nomination and helped get Sam Alito appointed to the Supreme Court.  However, listening to her show on Friday, she discussed her views on China which I feel that she is not only wrong, but is dangerously wrong. 

Laura recommends using our economic influence to help shape China’s policy.  She rightly points out that China is horrific on human rights, is showing signs of military buildup, and is not exactly a friend of the United States.  She seems to be recommending some kind of economic sanctions, and bemoans the fact that manufacturing jobs in Ohio and Pennsylvania are being lost to China.  She agreed with statements by She-who-must-not-be-named and Chuck Schumer.  She claims that they are speaking like “populist conservatives.” 

Laura, we love you, but you are just plain wrong in this case.   Imposing any kind of tariff or trade restriction on China would cause massive ripples and affect the U.S. economy far more than the Chinese economy.  The U.S. economy is so intertwined with the Chinese economy (and the rest of the world economies) that any major economic effort to attempt to change Chinese policy would cause a massive loss of U.S. jobs and a recession in the U.S. economy.  The low cost of labor and goods coming from China have allowed U.S. companies to provide lower-cost goods and services, higher paying jobs, and produce more goods and services for the world economy.  If the U.S. imposed a tariff or some kind of Economic Sanctions (footnote:  Economic sanctions never work.  They are completely useless, have absolutely no teeth, and in this case would be devastating to our economy) the cost of raw goods would rise, and companies would have less money to make goods and services.  Jobs would be lost or salaries cut because companies would not have as much capital to invest.  True, China’s economy would be dented (they do trade with other countries, and they would have to refocus) but ours would be devastated. 

On the loss of Manufacturing jobs, the U.S. economy has gone through cycles before where a certain sector of jobs is lost as the economy goes through a transition.  Economist Walter E. Williams has used the example that in 1980, there were a high number of telephone switchboard operators in the United States.  Due to new technology which automated telephone switchboards, those jobs were lost.  However, today we have record unemployment.  Many people thought that the advent of Computers would cause massive unemployment as computers automated more processes previously done by humans.  However, this was not the case and computers have opened up an entire new sector in our economy.   Losing manufacturing jobs to China hasa short-term negative impact to those whose jobs are affected.  Long-term, however, it is better for our economy because those manufacturing jobs will eventually be replaced by higher paying jobs as our economy continues to expand, change, and move into new directions.  That has been the genius of the U.S. economy since the Industrial Revolution, and it will continue to be in the future unless we hamper it with such “populist” measures as tariffs or economic sanctions.

Finally, Laura is right to point out that China is a threat to us militarily, and needs to be dealt with.  The answer is not economic, however, it is military.  The military needs to be built up again in a cold-war fashion to act as a deterrent to China.  Building a missile shield is one of the best ways to accomplish this, as is a military buildup that would ensure that if China attacked us in any significant way, we would have the capability to instantly wipe them off the map.  It sounds cruel, but their intentions are not noble, and we need to make sure that our military force is so substantial that it would be suicide for them to even attempt an attack.  I do agree that we cannot take our eye off China in the pursuit of the War on Terror, and a military buildup is the best way to accomplish that.  We should also continue to push pro-democracy movements in China, and work on economic reforms through such organizations as the WTO (a much more effective organization than the U.N.).  These are the appropriate measures to push China to change, ensure our national security, and continue the economic expansion that the U.S. has enjoyed for the past 50 years.  

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