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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Blaming Bush for bad GDP growth

The GDP growth for Quarter 2 of 2008 was negative 3/10th's of one-percent, and that was the worst in 7 years? Who knew?

If you watch the news or read the paper, you would have thought Americans had been standing in Bread Lines and selling Apples for 5-cents ever since George W. Bush first took the oath of office. It turns out though that the economy has been growing quite impressively since President Bush's tax cuts went into effect, even through the first two years of the Housing Downturn. But soaring energy costs finally brought the growth to a halt, and the credit crisis is likely to deliver another body blow to the U.S. economy. All during the boom, George W. Bush rarely got credit for the good GDP growth.

So, which Bush policies led to the Housing Slump or the Rising Cost of Energy? Well, to be fair the Bush-appointed Federal Reserve Chairman has continued the weak-dollar policy of maintaining Fed interest rates at artificially low rates, and the weak-dollar has contributed to rising energy prices. But that begs the question, "would a Democrat-appointed Fed Chairman raise interest rates? Bush has many critics for allowing a weak dollar, but no political alternative advocates policies that would strengthen the greenback.

What about energy supply and demand? President Bush has tried for seven years to open America's energy resources to the market supply, only to be continually thwarted by Democrats in the U.S. Senate. Scarce supply of Oil and Natural Gas and the high energy prices that result, are a result of Democrat policies, plain and simple.

And the Housing Slump. Another supply and demand dislocation. Demand was driven up by the addition of buyers to the market, who were in many cases unqualified to repay mortgage loans. Why were these risky loans granted? To fulfill Democrat "Affordable Housing" policies, made possible by Government Sponsored Entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- NOT Free Market Capitalism. How were these risky practices allowed to continue until the bubble burst? Answer: Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Congressional Black Caucus.

Bush's fault?


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:45 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, November 3, 2008 3:33 PM CST
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Monday, October 27, 2008
Historic

I got the following remarkable note from a friend today:

"I have always voted pro-life, but in this election I don't see a clearly pro-life candidate at least not among the two leading parties...if anyone can send me evidence that McCain is really solidly pro-life I would love to see it."

My friend is a very smart guy, so how could he not know -- a week before the election -- that McCain is prolife and Obama is pro-abortion. Easy! He gets most of his news and information from "mainstream" media sources.

I wrote back to my buddy as follows:

Interestingly, I heard someone else say the same thing (i.e. that McCain is not pro-life) recently and it surprised me. There has to be some deliberate disinformation circulating, because McCain and Obama are both clearly on the record regarding abortion.

McCain was not my 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th choice for the Republican nomination, but one of the things I've got to hand him is that John McCain has a consistent pro-life voting record during a quarter century in the Senate and House. Moreover, McCain has always voted to confirm, and has promised to appoint Constitutionalist judges (i.e. judges who adjudicate cases based on the laws enacted by our elected representatives, rather than making up the law according to their own whims).

The U.S. Congress doesn’t get very many opportunities to vote directly on abortion, since most abortion-related legislating is done at the State level, but when the opportunity arose Senator McCain voted to ban partial-birth abortion, both in the 1990’s when Bill Clinton twice vetoed the ban, and more recently when President Bush signed it into law. McCain also supports a Human Life Amendment, although no Senate vote has ever been held, due to Democrat filibusters.

Judicial appointments are the other avenue in which a U.S. Senator or a President has a direct effect on the abortion issue, and McCain’s senatorial confirmation votes have supported pro-life judges without exception. Candidate McCain has also made a major point of promising to nominate judges in the mold of John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and Sam Alito, if elected president. McCain has further openly expressed his view that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Moreover, McCain has no confusion about when a human life begins: “at the moment of conception.”

Which brings us to Barack Obama.

Beyond, being unable to answer Rick Warren’s rather simple question, “at what point does a baby obtain human rights,” because the answer was “above [Obama’s] pay grade.” Senator Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate for president since Roe v. Wade.

Obama has said (watch Obama with your own eyes, listen to him with your own ears) he would make signing The Freedom of Choice Act his first act as president. The Freedom of Choice Act would enshrine abortion on demand in federal law as a right that could not be regulated by the States. That means No Parental Notification, No Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion, No Protection of Health Care Provider or Med School Student Conscience, No Waiting Periods, etc… With pro-abortion Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, a President Obama will have the opportunity to keep that campaign promise, wiping out with one signature all the pro-life progress of the past 35 years.

Obama also has a voting record in the Illinois State Senate. He routinely supported all pro-abortion legislation and routinely opposed all pro-life legislation (he voted “present” as part of a Planned Parenthood strategy to defeat partial birth abortion ban and other pro-life bills, while shielding pro-abortion legislators from accountability for their pro-abortion votes – read it on a pro-abortion website) in the State Legislature.

Most conspicuously, Obama helped kill the Infants Born Alive Protection Act in the Illinois Senate. This is beyond hideous. As you probably know, a nurse by the name of Jill Stanek blew the whistle on what was happening at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn Illinois (not far from where you and I grew up). Babies who survived an attempted abortion were left to die among the dirty laundry, and doctors and nurses were forbidden by the hospital to provide any care or comfort to the dying infants. When Stanek exposed this barbarity she was fired from the hospital; but pro-life legislators in Illinois drafted legislation to put a stop to the practice and require minimal care for those infants. Barack Obama, self-proclaimed advocate of "the least of these," fought and voted against that legislation. In Obama’s pro-abortion absolutist view, government has no legitimate role in protecting even already born babies, if the mother intended to abort.

In this, Obama is even more extreme than Bill Clinton, who at least drew the line at the baby being part way within the mother’s body. I know this is a terribly grotesque topic, but describing these procedures is not the evil, supporting them is, and that is precisely what Barack Obama has done with perfect consistency throughout his career. When it comes to the battle to protect innocent human life, an Obama presidency would indeed be “historic,” because it would constitute the gravest defeat for the pro-life movement since Roe v. Wade. And you won’t have to wait long to taste the bitter fruits of that defeat, since Obama is itching to sign The Freedom of Choice Act as soon as he takes the presidential oath of office.

In any election there are many important issues, but the sanctity of human life is a DEFINING issue. As I see it, a person who disdains innocent human life cannot be trusted with lesser matters either, because he has no fear of God. Without the fear of God what is there to restrain a person entrusted with power?

McCain is not my ideal candidate, and he has never been a leader in the Pro-Life movement. But McCain has surely been a faithful pro-life vote, even when it wasn’t the popular path, and I have no reason to believe he will abandon those convictions if elected president. Obama’s record and agenda is clear and unequivocal: abortion on demand, with no limits, enshrined in law, protected by Liberal judges, and I have no reason to believe he will abandon those convictions if elected president.


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:02 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 27, 2008 4:04 PM CDT
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Get Out The Vote Effort

"HONOLULU (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he's not sure his gravely ill grandmother will live to see Election Day."

Obama is a good Community Organizer. He learns that Grandma, a registered Democrat, may die before election day, so he races to her bedside, Absentee Ballot in hand, to make sure she casts her vote before shuffling off this mortal coil.

Moreover, as the nearest relative not living in a cardboard box in Africa, Barack is responsibe for visiting Grandma's burial plot to ensure that everything is in good order. If Obama is a truly great Community Organizer he'll bring along a large stack of Absentee Ballots.


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:07 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2008 3:18 PM CDT
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Grandma, Come Forth!

Barack Obama, The One, waited three days before going to his sick Grandmother's deathbed. Why? Perhaps like that other Community Organizer, Obama wanted to heighten the drama by waiting until Grandma is in the tomb. Talk about the ultimate photo op, "Grandma, you old racist defense plant employee, COME FORTH!" Now that is what I call an October Surprise.

But imagine the disappointment among Obama's supporters if Obama merely sits at Grandma's side, holding her hand, talking and praying with her until the end, like a mere mortal; they'll be as stunned as King Canute's courtiers. Not to worry though, when Grandma dies I'm sure Obama can change the subject, after all there must be some way to blame Bush.


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:30 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2008 2:32 PM CDT
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Was Deregulation Behind Credit Crisis?
Must read article: The Truth About Deregulation, by Peter Ferrara on National Review Online.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:59 AM CDT
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Whoso diggeth a pit...

What a bitter irony if John McCain’s presidential aspirations are undermined by President Bush, whose (undeserved) unpopularity is a major drag on McCain’s prospects. "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein..."

McCain has spent the better part of the past eight years undermining President Bush – on tax cuts, the Enron scandal (recall that McCain opportunistically joined the absurd blame-Bush chorus in order to ram through McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform), the early conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Drilling in ANWR, Judicial Appointments (I must not think about the phrase “Gang of Fourteen,” or I might accidentally mark “Obama” on my ballot), and “Torture” at Gitmo.

“... and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.”

O Merciful Lord God, withhold that stone for three weeks, I beseech You!


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:01 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2008 12:28 PM CDT
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Doesn't Rise to the Level

Saturday morning I walked into Walgreen's to pick up a prescription, and I was greeted by the blaring Chicago Sun-Times headline: "Palin Abused Power." Boy, was I ever relieved! I was afraid that the political hatchet-job investigation in the Alaska legislature may have come up with something really serious, like "Probe finds Palin cancelled gubernatorial subscription to Ladies Home Journal without consulting legislature."

Instead, we get nothing but the ho-hum charge that the Governor abused the power of her office. Well, we have precedent telling us that abuse of power is not a serious offense, as long as the office holder has a high job approval rating [see Clinton, William Jefferson, Impeachment], and Sarah Palin's job approval rating in Alaska approaches 90-percent. Case closed, right?

Wrong, apparently the Governor of Alaska and her husband are the only people in the entire state not allowed to complain about and demand investigation of an out-of-control police officer, in light of which, the Alaska Legislature may want to consider a new Official Seal for the Governor. How about this?


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:41 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:54 AM CDT
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Showing a little patriotism...

News Item from Associated Press: "Biden calls paying higher taxes a Patriotic act"

News Item from ABC News: "Obama Stops Wearing Flag Pin, Says He'll Show Patriotism Through Ideas"

This is enlightening, and I'm grateful to Senators Obama and Biden for their clear thinking and intellectual consistency on the topic of patriotism. These men are leaders indeed, as evidenced by the fact that their words have moved me, an average citizen, to action.

The IRS will soon notice that I'm no longer paying federal income taxes, and I'm sure they will ask me about it. When they do, I'll reply, "You know, the truth is that right after Senator Biden's admonition I paid some taxes. Shortly afterwards, particularly because we were talking about budget deficits, paying taxes became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't pay those taxes on my income; instead I'm gonna try to tell the American People what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:55 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
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Friday, September 19, 2008
The Great Regulator?
Obama blames the Financial Markets' current woes on the putative lack of government regulation of, among other things, "creative financing." Would that include the kind of creative financing deal in which a shady character buys an expensive residential property then sells it to a State Senator below market value?

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:18 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:30 PM CDT
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Executive Experience?
Barack Obama says that managing his own presidential campaign constitutes executive experience. Obama's chosen measuring stick should be remembered as more news emerges about how much money the Obama campaign has burned through, and the weak financial condition of the campaign, despite record-breaking revenues.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:53 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:19 PM CDT
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The Other Woman

Of course, Hillary would not be the only woman who would have to swallow hard if Barack Obama wants her as VP.

Do you really think Comrade Michelle wants that #&*(@ haunting the White House? To say nothing of the overshadowing presence of a former President putting his feet up on her hubby’s desk, chasing interns, sticking his face in front of every TV camera and charging McDonald’s carryouts to the company credit card.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:21 PM CDT
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Stand By Somebody Else's Man?

Since last week we’ve heard rumors that Obama will dump Joe Biden from the Dem ticket (Biden will want to “spend more time with his family”) and replace him with Hillary Clinton. Now, try to think about this like a Feminist.

In 1992 Hillary stood by her man in the Gennifer Flowers and assorted other Bimbo Eruptions, so that Bill could make it to the White House and Hillary would be empowered to take over the Health Care Industry. She dutifully played her part, but the promised reward never materialized. Again in 1998-99 Hillary stood by her man when he “did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” dutifully portrayed the wronged but loyal wife to save Bill’s worthless hide from being kicked out of office, all in order to preserve her own Presidential ambitions for 2008.

Her moment came! She was the inevitable, anointed nominee-to-be of an ascendant Democrat Party. One problem, even though she won a nearly equal number of votes, she was cast aside by the Party Bosses (i.e. Superdelegates), and they gave the nomination to a man. Hillary clenched her teeth and supported the Party’s nominee, and was rewarded by not even being considered for the VP slot, which instead went to a good-old-boy white male. Then the Republicans, of all people, the racist-sexist-bigot-homophobe-warmongering-tax cuts for the rich Republicans choose a (alleged) woman as the VP candidate, and suddenly this arctic Jenny-come-lately is sucking up all the oxygen that should have belonged to Hillary.

And now, now after Hillary has given the best years of her life to unfaithful, unthankful, less-qualified men, to advance their careers, now that they are in trouble and can’t get across the finish line without her help, she is once again supposed to swallow her pride and let the men walk all over her again? And for what? Another promise to just be patient because her turn is coming? She can look in the mirror and see that new wrinkle and another gray hair, and the-smartest-woman-in-the-world can figure out that she won’t always look pleasant under the TV lights, certainly not in eight years.

She’s been used and abused by Democrat men over and over again. Why should she say, “yes” one more time? For years now, Hillary has danced to the tune of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," but I think another country song will be in order for Hillary if Obama asks her to run with him now. It's from "But I Will," by Faith Hill, “you always had a line to change my mind, so I guess you thought, I’d just let you break my heart again…” 

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:38 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:47 PM CDT
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Into the Lion's Den . . . and Out Again.

Some impressions from the Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson:

Palin was nervous, expecting Gibson to set her up for a “gotcha,” which was, of course, precisely what he tried to do. The questions on foreign policy were reasonable questions, asked in an unreasonable manner. Gibson’s framing of so many questions as a challenge to the nominee’s qualifications (as opposed to merely a quest to discover the candidate’s positions), coupled with the interviewer’s condescending tone, made it clear to the viewer that Gibson considers Governor Palin to be out of her league. So much for "unbiased."

For Media star, Charlie Gibson, to hold up his own head in the presence of his colleagues, he had to emerge from the interview with Sarah Palin’s severed head in hand. He did not. But, notwithstanding their frustration with Gibson’s failure to “kill the beast, spill its blood,” the Leftmedia machinery swung into action to concoct a “gotcha” moment from the “Bush Doctrine” Q&A. Aha! You see, this igloo-park-trash bimbo doesn’t even know what The Bush Doctrine is, never mind that the term could refer to any of four distinct Bush policy positions. This was the best they could come up with from the battle – er, I mean the interview? Palin passes the trial by fire.

As for Gibson’s assinine question about Palin’s remarks at her old church, i.e. “let’s pray that [our Armed Forces] are doing God’s will…” (a fairly unobjectionable prayer request to most Americans, I would think). The non-comprehending Gibson, assuming the default Leftist suspicion of religion, questioned the propriety of her remark as if he envisioned a glossalalia-spewing, snake-handling, future President Palin, supine on the Oval Office carpet, frothing in trembling ecstasy, with glassy eyes staring skyward, as she intones, “O Lord of Hosts, speak to me, shall I go up into battle against the North Koreans or shall I forbear?”

Palin provided her version of the reassuring answer that Christian candidates have felt obliged to offer a putatively post-Christian electorate for the last few decades, in her case alluding to Lincoln’s expressed concern that we be “on God’s side.” I had rather that she answered something like, “Charlie, I don’t know that God has revealed his will on any specific tactic in this conflict, but I do believe – and I think most Americans believe this too – that God is on the side of good against evil. I also believe that Islamo-Facist terrorism is pure evil, and the principle evil facing the world, and threatening freedom in this generation. I don’t know about you, Charlie, but I further believe that the United States is, and has been, the greatest worldly force for good in the history of mankind, and that although America hasn’t always perfectly lived up to our ideals, America has always strived to, always strived to do what is right, and strived to fight against evil – to be on God’s side against evil, and in this fight against Islamo-Facist terrorism I believe that America is the good guy, don’t you?”

Such an answer would have not only placed Palin’s earlier words in proper perspective, it would have seized back the initiative from her oh-so-smug inquisitor, begging the question, “do you think God is ambivilent about good and evil, Charlie, or are you just unable to distinguish who the good guys are between America and Al Qaeda?” Moreover, such an answer would position Sarah Palin in harmony with historic American civil religion (and with Biblical religion, for that matter), in the tradition of Benjamin Franklin (i.e. “the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see that God rules in the affairs of men…”), and highlight the philosophical disonance of Gibson and the Secularist Left, who scoff at the notion of America as the instrument of good, much less of God.

Oh well, that’s all Monday Morning Quarterbacking. Sarah was the one in the game, and she held her own against a hostile, high-profile interviewer, and at the least was more cogent in her answers than either Barack Obama or Joe Biden on their best day.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:44 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:56 PM CDT
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Uh-Uh-Uhbama
I’ll grant "bright and clean," but what does it say about Joe Biden’s judgment that he believed Barack Obama to be articulate? Def. Articulate: expressing oneself readily, clearly, or effectively. Does that describe Barack Uh-Uh-Uhbama without the teleprompter?

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:06 AM CDT
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Another Victim of the Bush Theocracy?

No doubt Mississippi State Senator Chuck Graham would have risen from his wheelchair on Joe Biden's command, and walked, if only George W. Bush hadn't outlawed stem-cell research.


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:02 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:13 PM CDT
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Monday, September 8, 2008
FACT CHECK
Sarah Palin claims God sent her out into the vocation of politics and government, but Barack Obama denies sending her.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:31 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, September 8, 2008 9:42 AM CDT
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Friday, August 29, 2008
Energized
By selecting Sarah Palin, John McCain did a great job of knocking Obama's speech and convention bounce out of the headlines, but most of all, McCain has energized the Conservative Base of the Republican Party. That is a factor without which he could not win the election. This wise VP choice positions Republicans to rally down the home stretch in an electoral cycle that looked dismal for the GOP. Republicans will do well to note that in McCain's campaign and in the selection of Governor Palin, it has been fidelity to Conservatism that has energized and united the Party. So far, so good.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:09 PM CDT
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Convert

John McCain was not my first (second, third or fourth) choice for President, but for the past two months I've been thinking of reasons to love him. That's not too difficult -- the challenge is to not think of reasons to detest him, but Barack Obama has been helping me with that.

I'm a pro-Life, pro-War, NR Conservative, who was prepared to hold my nose and punch McCain's name to vote against Obama, but four things have been bringing me around to voting for McCain. 1) my eldest son is on his way to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, so I have a personal stake in electing a CIC committed to American victory 2) McCain's ads ridiculing Obama's pretensions show that our guy is willing and able to hit Obama in his soft spot, unlike Bob Dole in '96, who agreed not to make character an issue when running against Bill Clinton, 3) McCain's Saddleback Forum answers indicated (generally) a good grasp and embrace of Conservatism, and 4) the selection of a pro-Life, pro-Drilling, limited government Conservative as his running mate, shows that McCain is at least willing to take a breather from vexing Conservatives.

With the selection of Sarah Palin, McCain has officially closed the deal with me. I just went to his website and made a donation.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:42 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, August 29, 2008 1:46 PM CDT
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Gender Gap?

I don't know what effect Sarah Palin will have on the Women's vote, but I bet she'll have the opposite effect that Hillary would have had on the Men's vote.

Even happily married men understand what Limbaugh means when he says that “Hillary Clinton reminds men of their first wife.” Well, Sarah Palin reminds men of the teacher that every guy had a crush on.

That surely won't hurt McCain among male voters.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:14 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, August 29, 2008 1:18 PM CDT
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McCain Showing Definite Signs of Sanity
I'm happy with this! It's kind of unusual for John McCain to create positive excitement among Republicans, rather than among Democrats, but he's on a roll with Saddleback and the selection of Sarah Palin as running mate. Who knows, if McCain keeps it up, pleasing the GOP base could become habit-forming.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:06 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, August 29, 2008 12:10 PM CDT
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