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Thursday, April 01, 2010

A Look Onto Our Future

By looking into the past:
United States of Argentina
Washington Examiner Editorial

What the United States government will do in the future may be in question, but we need not look far to find past examples of countries unwilling to get their finances in order. Consider Argentina. In 1914, it was one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and its living standard exceeded that of Western Europe until the late 1950s. Then President Juan Peron squandered his nation's prosperity by introducing a host of redistributionist economic and regulatory policies, nationalizing utilities and foreign investments, and pumping up the national debt. What followed was three decades of political instability, growing dependency, and economic stagnation.

There was a brief period of privatization and booming foreign investment in what the American Enterprise Institute's Mark Falcoff called Argentina's "go go" 1990s. But that was negated by the return of political leaders espousing Peronist principles who created a downward economic spiral by breaking contracts with foreign utility companies that had invested heavily in Argentina. Today, the country has lost its international credit standing and an estimated 10 percent of the population has moved abroad to escape the stifling taxes, regulation and inefficiency. To make matters worse, President Cristina Kirchner recently attracted attention for firing the president of the country's central bank. His sin was refusing to go along with her inflationary spending policies (Argentina's inflation is 17 percent) and challenging her demand that he hand over $6.6 billion in bank reserves.

Besides sending federal spending skyrocketing, Obama has, like so many of the politicians who ruined Argentina, dramatically increased government regulation of business, nationalized major sectors of the economy, and imposed a lengthy list of tax increases. America today is no more exempt from economic reality than Argentina was in years past. Make no mistake, these actions will eventually drain the life from this nation's economic vitality, just as they did in Argentina. [link]
As sure as the sun will rise.

Why I'm Not a Democrat

I refuse to ever be associated with morons like Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia.

In a serious discussion with Admiral Robert Willard in a congressional committee hearing about U.S. military deployment to the island of Guam, the following exchange took place:

Idiot: "My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and, uh, capsize."

Admiral Willard: "We don't anticipate that."

For your amusement (and dread if you consider the fact that Johnson and his fellow lunatics run this country), the video:




For the love of God.

Too Funny

A hat tip goes out to Gateway Pundit for making my day a bit brighter:
It Has Begun… Dem Rep Cancels Town Hall Over Fears of Being Alone With Constituents
By Jim Hoft

It has begun.

Democrat Tim Ryan canceled his town hall on health care over concerns that he might be attacked by his constituents.

In his cancellation notice his staff made clear:

“Don’t get me wrong, Congressman Ryan will debate anyone, anytime.”

He’ll debate anyone at anytime.

…Just not in public and not at a town hall meeting. [link]
Rumor has it Ryan fears for his barbecue grill.

See Daniel 6: 6-23.

Where Real Violence Comes From

"Republicans have been so intent on defeating "Obamacare" -- and thus, they believed, defeating President Obama -- that they engaged in despicable tactics.

"They are, in fact, reaching feverish and dangerous levels.

"How dangerous? After Lynchburg Tea Party members posted the home address of Rep. Tom Perriello's brother -- in the mistaken belief it was Perriello's address -- a line between a propane tank and a grill was found severed at the house inside a screened porch."

-- Roanoke Times editorial, "The Politics of Rage," March 28, 2010 --

First they came for the barbecue grills.  Then they came for the Jews.  Then ...

Someone allegedly snipped a barbecue grill hose.   It's not safe to go outdoors.  Call out the National Guard. The right-wing Tea Partiers are on a rampage.

Good grief.

So let's take a trip down memory lane and look at what real violence directed at political opponents looks like, and at those perpetrating it.   

John Hinderaker:
The Democrats have tried to change the subject away from their health care debacle by claiming that conservatives are threatening violence against them. Their complaints are pathetic where they are not out-and-out lies (e.g., Clyburn and Lewis), and they have taken a lot of well-deserved criticism. It is liberals, not conservatives, who rely on ad hominem attacks, outrageous allegations and violent imagery. We talked about this on our radio show today, and several callers reminded us of a particularly sorry episode of liberal violence that, for some reason, has not gotten much attention: the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul.

I attended the convention and remember the terrorist acts that were carried out by anti-Republican protesters very well. They threw bricks through the windows of buses, sending elderly convention delegates to the hospital. They dropped bags of sand off highway overpasses onto vehicles below. Fortunately, no one was killed. [link]
And they make an issue out of a barbecue grill.

For the love of God.

Headline Of The Day

On To ANWR

It's a good thing that President Obama has decided to allow oil exploration to recommence off the coasts of the U.S. There's some likelihood, experts say, that there is a vast treasure trove of potential energy lying there in wait.

That having been said, how about we also seek oil deposits where we know they exist?

ANWR.

And beyond that ...
John Boehner: Drilling decision falls short
By Jake Sherman, Politico

The top House Republican says the White House's decision to begin offshore drilling across huge expanses of ocean is a “positive step,” but he's still blasting the Obama administration for keeping areas on the West Coast closed to such exploration.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said that the administration “continues to defy the will of the American people,” who he says supported a 2008 congressional decision to allow oil exploration off the Pacific Coast and Alaska.

“Opening up areas off the Virginia coast to offshore production is a positive step, but keeping the Pacific Coast and Alaska, as well as the most promising resources of the Gulf of Mexico, under lock and key makes no sense at a time when gasoline prices are rising and Americans are asking ‘Where are the jobs?’” Boehner said in an e-mailed statement Wednesday morning. [link]
It's only a matter of time before the knuckleheads who run things in Washington reverse course completely and allow for the exploration of oil wherever it may exist.  All the blather about the environment was fun while it lasted.  But gasoline prices soar.  And home heating oil prices soar.  And winters are becoming colder and colder ...

It's time to bring some sanity back into this discussion.