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Monday, October 22, 2007

We Won't Back Down

After the Democrats (shamelessly) dragged a 12-year old kid onto the national stage to plead for an increase in government welfare - for the middle class, as it turns out - and a few bloggers and columnists got to checking out his parents' "plight," a backlash was unleashed. You'll find a good example of it here from a Washington Post columnist, the purpose for which was to intimidate us into silence. And to make us look bad in the eyes of the public.

Problem is, that just doesn't work like it did long ago. We don't shrink in fear. And we don't imtimidate easily.

From Mark Steyn, who was one of those who originally exposed this family - the Frosts - to public scrutiny (in "The Real War On Children"):

Mr. and Mrs. Frost say their income's about $45,000 a year – she works "part-time" as a medical receptionist, and he works "intermittently" as a self-employed woodworker. They have a 3,000-square-foot home plus a second commercial property with a combined value of over $400,000, and three vehicles – a new Chevy Suburban, a Volvo SUV, and a Ford F-250 pickup.

How they make that arithmetic add up is between them and their accountant. But here's the point: The Frosts are not emblematic of the health care needs of America so much as they are of the delusion of the broader Western world. They expect to be able to work "part-time" and "intermittently" but own two properties and three premium vehicles and have the state pick up health care costs. Who do you stick with the bill? Four-car owners?
Worse yet, as I've stated here on numerous occasions now, it's the poorest among us - smokers - who are going to be paying for the Frost's health care through higher cigarette taxes. The Frosts with their 3,000 square foot home and three vehicles and private schools and massive wealth and government-paid health insurance.

Steyn has a quote that is worth remembering at this critical point in our nation's history. From former President Gerald Ford:

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have."

Today it's cigarette smokers, tomorrow ...

They Won't Go Quietly Into That Dark Night

Long after the war is won and we've brought our loved ones home to a hero's welcome, the Washington Post will still be running headlines like this (from this morning's paper):

U.S. Planners See Shiite Militias as Rising Threat

Give it up, fellas. You tried. You lost. The USA is winning the war.

Years & Years Of Repairs, We Hope

Repairs would empty U.N.

The Devil Came Down To Georgia

I'm surprised this isn't front page news. Maybe if they put some grannies on rooftops, waving HELP! signs:
Drought Crisis In Georgia

October 22, 2007 -- Atlanta - Georgia has declared a state of emergency over its worst drought in decades and appealed to President Bush for federal aid.

Low rainfall in the Southeastern United States has caused a drought in several states, including swaths of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked Bush to issue a federal disaster designation for the drought-affected parts of the state, which would empower Perdue to order less water released from Lake Sidney Lanier and make federal funds available to state and local governments. (link)
I heard Governor Perdue say two days ago that the city of Atlanta (population 4,112,198) has 80 days worth of drinking water remaining. Which means it now has 78 days worth of drinking water remaining. And counting.

This is bad. Real bad.

Not To Be Left To Amateurs

Let's see if I have this right. The reason federal tax revenue has skyrocketed in recent years is because corporations are doing well and profits are at record highs. Thus tax receipts are huge. Those corporations are doing well because they suppressed workers' wages. And the government isn't doing nearly enough for those suffering workers (e.g., health care). Because tax rates are so low. So the government needs to raise tax rates to help the workers. Which will reduce corporate profits. Throwing workers out of work. Reduced profits bringing reduced tax revenue.

Say what?

A Dearth of Taxes
New York Times editorial

This country’s meager tax take puts its economic prospects at risk and leaves the government ill equipped to face the challenges from globalization.

According to a report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, a think tank run by the industrialized countries, the taxes collected last year by federal, state and local governments in the United States amounted to 28.2 percent of gross domestic product. That rate was one of the lowest among wealthy countries — about five percentage points of G.D.P. lower than Canada’s, and more than eight points lower than New Zealand’s. And Danes, Germans and Slovaks paid more in taxes, as a share of their economies.

the meager tax take leaves the United States ill prepared to compete. From universal health insurance to decent unemployment insurance, other rich nations provide their citizens benefits that the United States government simply cannot afford.

The consequences include some 47 million Americans without health insurance and companies like General Motors being dragged to the brink by the cost of providing workers and pensioners with medical care.

Indeed, the growth in tax revenue since 2004 is due mostly to the spectacular increase in corporate profits, which have grown at the expense of workers’ wages. Moreover, it’s proving ephemeral. As economic growth has decelerated, corporate profits are losing steam and the growth of tax revenue has begun to slow. This pretty much guarantees that the revenue will prove too low to face the challenges ahead. (link)

I need a drink.

I Fear For My Country

It's one thing to kill off aides who know too much. And to game the cattle futures racket. To sell secrets to our enemies. Throw lamps at the President.

But this goes beyond the pale. Hillary has crossed the line:

Ouch! Hillary Clinton's softer image is clawed over dumped cat
By Sarah Baxter, The Times

As the “first pet” of the Clinton era, Socks, the White House cat, allowed “chilly” Hillary Clinton to show a caring, maternal side as well as bringing joy to her daughter Chelsea. So where is Socks today?

Once the presidency was over, there was no room for Socks any more. After years of loyal service at the White House, the black and white cat was dumped on Betty Currie, Bill Clinton’s personal secretary, who also had an embarrassing clean-up role in the saga of his relationship with the intern Monica Lewinsky. (link)

If she's willing to dump her cat, what is she prepared to do to us?

It Was Just a Matter Of Time

There are those of you out there who think it's a swell idea for the government to tell others where they can smoke. And who can smoke. When they talk about taxing the rich, you say, Hell ya. Estate taxes? Won't affect you. Pharmaceutical companies are harrassed? What do you care? Poor people paying for middle-class health care? Doesn't ruin your day. Then there are those gun owners. Beer drinkers ...

Well, it comes around, pal.

From London:

Parents of fat children to be given a warning
The Times

Parents of 5-year-olds are to be sent official warning letters if their child is found to be obese, as part of a national programme to weigh children in schools.

The National Child Measurement programme aims to collect data on every child twice, when they start school and when they leave. Parents of 5 and 10-year-olds can request the measurements but are not informed automatically, even if the child is severely overweight.

Mr Johnson is preparing to go farther and insist that all parents ... (link)
Meanwhile, in Maine a middle school is issuing birth control to eleven-year olds without parents' permission. In the United States of America. Land of the free, home ...

Many of you looked the other way when The Nanny State was being created. Many more cheered it on. Now it's fat kids.


Hear that knocking on your door?