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.
Katherine Lopez interviews Stanley Kurtz on his new book, Radical-in-Chief; as does Hugh Hewitt — who not too long ago would hang up on all the unserious rightwing “nutters” who intimated that Obama was a Marxist or socialist, in between shilling for whatever candidate the GOP establishment put forward.
Turns out that the evidence, largely circumstantial, but compelling nonetheless, suggests that Obama is a candidate trained in stealth socialism, both a product of — and culmination to — the New Left’s long march through the institutions. Of course, today the “New Left” self-identifies as “liberal” or “progressive,” to hide their socialist/Marxist roots. Their governing style is “pragmatic,” “forward thinking,” and “transformative”; and their message is one of economic populism, class warfare, and identity politics — all couched in the Orwellian inversions of protected groups, set-asides, government-approved speech, and the nannystate tentacles of a growing liberal fascism, into the (ironic) buzzwords “fairness” and “tolerance” and “security.”
I think he is right in that there is likely not much the GOP can do in the next two yrs, but taking the House is a huge first step. At least it wrests the shovel from Pelosi and they can keep the hole from being dug deeper.
His comment about 'compromise" with the dems makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. When has compromise with the dems meant anything but more regulation, higher taxes and bigger government? All those are economy crippling actions. Squishy repubs who want to 'reach across the aisle' need to be retired in 2012.
It will be interesting to see how stories on the economy will be spun in January if the GOP takes Congress. Will "unexpectedly' still be the favored adverb?
No doubt the GOP will receive a hail of criticism from the media for the next two years. Will it sour the electorate on the GOP?
If the economy stays in the tank it is entirely possible that the GOP will have the blame pinned to them whether they deserve it or not. We will just have to wait and see.
By the way ... Right after the election, Mr. Obama is heading for Mumbai, with four [count 'em four] wide-body jets, masses of security agents, good friends and other sycophants, Michelle and her terrible clothes and her noisy children, and the TOTUS and the Doggus, who probably has a whole jet to himself.
Marie Antoinette would be so impressed. Just remember, Barry Old Buddy, "Apres moi, le deluge," is not just a slogan. It's a prediction. Marie would tell you. But she's lost her head.
Boxer: I can only think of one thing - twice she was tasked with crafting the Senate Cap & Trade bill. Twice she screwed it up so royally it had no chance of passing even with 60 Democrats. Thank goodness she is incompetent.
Regarding income equality: in general, so what? Bill Gates has an income so much larger than mine that the math is silly. It's almost like dividing by zero. But his car still has to follow the speed limit. Maybe someone else drives while he either does business or uses the entertainment system. My car is still comfortable and I have a good stereo. Same thing with a burger: maybe he can have a gourmet burger, cooked by a highly trained chef from expensive beef, and spend twenty times what I do. I will enjoy mine almost as much as he does.
A better measure would be this: can people at the 10th percentile or 15th percentile manage a decent material standard of living? In America, yes they can. It will be a constrained standard and they may well envy even my standard (which is quite comfortable for me). But they can feed, clothe and house their families if they will choose wisely.
If the "progressives" get their way, we're all going to find out how much more simply we could live because we'll have to. And the 10th percentile will suffer the most.