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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Don't Look At That Elephant In The Room

Dan Radmacher, editorial page editor of the Roanoke Times, should stick to writing about stuff he knows and understands.  Like personal attacks that have gained him a modicum of national renown.  What he should steer completely clear of, however, is any topic relating to business.  Because in this realm - my world - he doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.

He never did listen ...

Take today's column - "Killing America's jobs machine" - as a shining example of that which he doesn't know.  In the process he let's everyone in the free world know it.

He asks the following question about the lack of job creation in this country over the last ten years (Note: He meant nine years; ten would take the discussion into Bill Clinton's era and we all know there were no economic problems in those intoxicating days; the ugly period began the day you-know-who got elected):

"What happened?"

After offering up a number of tantalizing - and debatable - reasons for our economic hardships, he settles on one culprit:

Wal-Mart.

As Christ is my Savior.

Not mentioned by Mr. Economics is that one little elephant in the room that he would rather ignore:

China.

Wal-Mart, you see, is an American company.  And when you despise all things American ...

Ya Gotta Love Al Gore

On why, with all the dire predictions he made in his docuapocrypha, "An Inconvenient Truth," he didn't foresee the record snowfalls in the Northeast U.S. coming:

"Uh, snowfall, yeah, well, that's easily explained.  I foresaw it all along."

It Was So Easy When He Was Campaigner-in-Chief

But now that Obama actually has some responsibility and must actually act ...

Little known history about Mr. Civil Rights Advocate:

"Then-Senatorial candidate Obama in 2003 branded the Patriot Act 'shoddy and dangerous' and pledged to dump it."

Mr. Commander-in-Chief  now:


Another example that should make you understand that anything these guys say in their effort to get elected is just ... their effort to get elected, and that it all means absolutely nothing.

Read It. Memorize it. Live It. Defend It.

The Bill of Rights.  It was added to the Constitution for a very good reason.  To place clear limits on the powers then being granted to the United States government.  A government we all respect.  To a point. 

Scenes of federal agents armed to the teeth, pulling screaming, frightened - innocent - little children from their bedroom closet hideaways will have their effect on our perceptions of government power out of control:





A government that has too often given us reason to fear the powers it naturally wants to seize:


Government power yearning to be unleashed:


With all this in mind, it's heartwarming to know there is at least a majority of the citizenry that has a healthy fear of government:


Make no mistake, Obama has left his legacy in one short, tumultuous year.  For this, if only this, he is to be congratulated.

Photo courtesy of Alan Diaz
Chart courtesy of the Heritage Foundation

What Will Be The Next Cataclysm?

I've mentioned Paul Ehrlich's book, The Population Bomb, before on a number of occasions, and wrote about how important it was to modern-day thinking among those who reject God but have unwavering faith in wild predictions about an apocalyptic future based upon absolutely no hard evidence beyond wild predictions.

His 1968 work, which predicted that "in the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death," is in today's commentary again.

Ah, the memories:
We Are Doomed -- Again
By John Dietrich, American Thinker

Global warming is far from the first apocalyptic prediction, or even the first based on computer models.

In the 1960s, Paul Ehrlich's bestseller, The Population Bomb, predicted the end of civilization by 1983 as a result of overpopulation. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and president of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology, claimed that "the battle to feed all of humanity is over ... In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now." He was the first to base his conclusions on computer modeling.

If famine or nuclear annihilation doesn't kill us, perhaps diseases will. In 1987, the New York Times headlined an article titled "AIDS May Dwarf the Plague." The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, told a congressional panel, "We could spend our energy on research and immunization and education and still not have any Americans left unless we're prepared to confront the crisis of AIDS." Oprah Winfrey announced that "one out of five heterosexuals will be dead of AIDS by 1990." The swine flu "pandemic" nearly devastated the tourist industry in Mexico. In October 2009, President Obama declared a state of national emergency because of the swine flu. It is quite possible that more people perish by falling in their bathtubs than have died of swine flu. So far, the president has not declared this a national emergency.

The crisis de jour is global warming.

The threat of global warming will eventually recede.  The need for an apocalyptic vision, however, will not. The next threat will contain many of the characteristics of the global warming threat. It will predict the end of the world. It will be based on "scientific facts." It will require massive counseling for the psychological distress it will cause. It will require the creation of a massive bureaucracy. And it will require the transfer of massive amounts of money to the hypothesized victims of the future crisis.   [link]
So what will their next cataclysm be?  A worsening earthquake problem, maybe?  Killer whales seeking human prey?  Stay tuned.  As they flee global warming theory, they'll be seeking a new faith-based scenario to cling to.  Odd.  Really odd.