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.
We have written several times about the destructive effect of the FDR presidency, most recently here, so there is no need to repeat ourselves.
However, it is good to see that Burt Prelutsky has come around. He begins:
Growing up, as I did, in the home of Russian Jewish immigrants, it figures that I’d start out thinking that, by all rights, Franklin D. Roosevelt belonged on Mount Rushmore. But, all these years later, I have concluded that most of America’s woes can be traced back to his presidency, and that the best reason for him being up there along with Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Teddy Roosevelt, is that his head was already made of stone.
Although FDR is often, mistakenly, credited with bringing the Great Depression to an end, as Amity Shlaes made clear in her book, The Forgotten Man, his policies, which can best be described as socialistic and anti-business, in reality prolonged America’s misery. The mere fact that he and his economic advisors thought it made perfect sense to keep raising taxes during the 1930s suggests that their primary motive wasn’t to lift the country out of its economic morass, but to take advantage of the situation to inflate the power of the federal government.
The end result of his 12 years in the White House is a hodge-podge of Washington bureaucracies and an economy that finds the federal government being far and away the single largest employer in the U.S. Couple that with his personal fondness for Joseph Stalin, his filling his administration and the State Department with like-minded people, and you have a perfect blueprint for disaster. For as Thomas Jefferson recognized, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.”
Burt sounds like a Maggie's Farm contributor. Read the whole thing.
It seems another socialist Dem is in trouble today. Gov Spitzer of NY may resign because of his involvement in a prostitution ring, according to the NY Times. I think he's a Democrat, but it's hard to say because most news organizations aren't mentioning his party affiliation. If he was a Repub playing footsie in a mens room or a Congressman sending e-mails to a twenty something former page, then I'm sure we would know which party the offender belongs to. " Did we mention he's a Republican?"
Well, Sean, here's how to figure out a miscreant's party via the MSM: if it's a Republican, you'll be told at the very top of the story. If you don't see the party affiliation mentioned within the first sentence or two, then you can go ahead and bet the farm it's a Democrat.
Do you remember the two people fighting over Hillary and Obama recently? I think it was the Hillary supporter stabbed the Obama supporter. The local news agencies reported that he was a Hillary supporter, but was a registered Republican. How the hell did they find that out? And what bearing did that have on the incident other than the MSM finding a way to negatively portray Republicans. This is tiresome BS.
Monday, March 10, 2008
More Punditry Peeves [Mark Hemingway]
As a sidebar to an article at ABC news about Elliott Spitzer, they've helpfully put together this slideshow of 13 politicians involved in famous sex scandals.(Collect them all!) Anyway, it's rather interesting that of the 7 Republicans on the list, all of them save one are identified by ABC as Republicans. Of the six Democrats on the list, only one is identified by party affiliation.
03/10 10:19 PM
(lessee, thirteen at-bats, only two outs -- hey, ABC knows how to play ball!)