We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What is it with this President? Obama has an obsessive need to find enemies against whom to campaign. . . . Attacking lobbyists is not the point of Obama’s latest ploy. Rather, painting anyone who opposes him as a “lobbyist” is the point. In attacking the “lobbyists” Obama is doing what he did on the issue of race during the campaign: Anyone who opposes me doesn’t just have a different opinion, they are evil and dangerous to the rest of you. This tactic simultaneously generates support among the majority and silences the minority. Other presidents have been accused of using “enemies” as a political rallying point. Almost invariably, however, these enemies have been foreign (the “evil empire” and “axis of evil”). Obama is the first president “in my adult life” to set American against American, to create enemies at home as a political rallying point, to create a climate in which law-abiding American citizens are singled out as being worthy of attack.
If you believe, as I do, that the returns to further government spending on education, given its present structure, is zero or negative, and that the best hope for increasing the quality of education for the least well-off, and for increasing economic and social mobility generally, is to legalize competitive markets in education, then you will tend to believe, as I do, that this attempt to destroy voucher programs before than can show themselves effective is nothing less than a powerful political interest group screwing over poor people by bending the democratic process to their advantage.
Is the new all-powerful Statezilla vulnerable to anything? Unfortunately, yes. He loses all his superpowers when he comes into contact with something called Reality. But happily, Reality is nowhere in sight. There are believed to be some small surviving shards somewhere on the planet — maybe on an uninhabited atoll somewhere in the Pacific — but that’s just a rumor, and Barack Obama isn’t planning on running into Reality any time soon.
Ok. This piece on Global Warming is a good start. HOWEVER, the case I am trying to make is this: I agree and understand that there is not sufficient scientific proof regarding human cause--but, what I want to make clear here is that this article and any other like it needs to address itself to the market niche we need to turn around--not just to already convinced supporters. This idea of Democratic fraud and emotional manipulation of the masses needs to be stated in articles that also explain what rhetorical skills have been used by the democrats--teach the masses to fish for themselves, so they are able to decipher, determine the fraud for themselves when reading or hearing any BS from the dems! We should not have to be set back on our asses for 5 years every time the dems come up with a new lie--we should be able to counteract their claims immediately and make sure that we state our arguments in such a way as that the busy housewife can pick out the truth in a 30 second soundbite!
Re Krugman, I don't understand this mainstream explanation from Bernanke and Krugman and all those guys, that the crisis was caused by too much savings. That is absurd. We have gotten so far away from a fundamentally sound economy that we think consuming more than we save is the engine of economic growth. The bigger cause of the meltdown was the artificially low interest rates created by central banks, particularly the Fed, in the early 2000's. The countries with savings "gluts" could no longer invest in something safe with a decent income stream, because who wants treasuries at 1%? So this huge demand for alternative investments was created, hence the rise of the exotic MBS's, investments in emerging economies, speculating on commodities, etc. Savings is good, manipulating the money supply is bad.
apple pie ... Just for the record, the global warmingists are refusing to recognize that a rise in CO2 follows a rise in global temperatures by about 600 to 800 years. It doesn't lead it or cause it. That's the first thing they don't want you to know. The next thing they want you not to know is that CO2 is an important gas, like oxygen, which keeps our globe alive. It is an essential fertilizer for all plants. If you want to live in a sandbox, eliminate CO2. And you won't live very long, either, without anything to eat.
These simple facts illuminate this great scam that's being perpetrated by these power-hungry folks who want to take over more and more of your life from you and make more and more of what used to be your own free decisions.
There is an understandable secret prejudice in each of us which assumes that the temperature and weather conditions of the world when we were born are the ideal temperatures for our world, and that they should persist and be maintained just the way they were when we were staggering around learning to walk and talk. It's a harmless prejudice and won't hurt anyone else unless one is a busybody like Al Gore and his adherents who wants to impose their view of the universe on the rest of us. Then it becomes pernicious and destructive, and extremely expensive, like so many of Obama's plans for the future of this country.