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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Up From Strawmanning

President Obama is infamous for employing Straw Man tactics to win arguments, but as the Public has expressed its collective revulsion at his pet plan for a government takeover or the Healthcare/Insurance industry, Obama has modified the technique. Rather than his usual mischaracterization of opponents' policy positions, Obama now claims that his opponents have no policy positions.

The sound byte of the day on the news is Obama complaining that American healthcare is in crisis and opponents of his Healthcare takeover have no solutions to offer. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Republicans in Congress and the George W. Bush Administration have been pushing serious healthcare reform for at least 15 years, but most of those reforms have been thwarted by Democrats, with the assistance of various GOP "Moderates."

Republican proposals include Medical Liability Lawsuit Reform, Medical Savings Accounts, Insurance Portability, Interstate Commerce in Health Insurance, Individual Vouchers for Medicare Members (i.e. Medicare Advantage), full deductibility of health insurance purchased outside of employer group plans.

Those are reforms I can think of off the top of my head. Is it conceivable that President -- and former U.S. Senator -- Obama is unaware of these Republican Healthcare Reform proposals? That is what one must believe in order to believe that Obama is not attempting to deliberately mislead the American People when he claims that opponents of Obamacare have no alternative solutions.

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:18 PM CDT
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Appropriate Response

Townhall meetings with angry citizens shouting at their elected representatives and government officials, because of policy proposals that these citizens perceive to threaten their liberty -- is this un-American?

On the contrary, it is consummately American, and very heartening to those of us who have wondered whether any substantial vestige survives of The Spirit of '76 in modern America.

The truth is that nothing could be more American than for free men to resist government inroads on liberty. Forget, if you wish, that just last year dissent was "the highest form of patriotism," and consider the appalled reaction of Washington elites to Commoners who lack the "civility" to defer to their Betters. The Liberal political and media elites chide the citizenry for excessive passion in opposition to a hated policy, but the Americans standing up with fierce passion to big-shot office holders are acting on flawless instinct.

To respond to a frontal assault on liberty and limited government -- such as Obamacare presents -- with docility, or even civility, rather than with fury and defiance would be to cheaply value the blood-bought free republic we have received from our forefathers. The conduct of the town hall dissenters both honors and carries on the legacy of the patriots of the American Revolution.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:30 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009 9:13 AM CDT
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

From the Associated Press:

NATICK, Mass. (AP) -- A white police sergeant who arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. said Thursday he's disappointed President Barack Obama said officers acted "stupidly," despite acknowledging he didn't know all the facts.

Sgt. James Crowley responded to Gates' home near Harvard University last week to investigate a report of a burglary and demanded Gates show him identification. Police say Gates at first refused and accused the officer of racism.

Gates was charged with disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped Tuesday, and Gates has since demanded an apology from Crowley.

Obama was asked about the arrest of Gates, who is his friend, at the end of a nationally televised news conference on health care Wednesday night.

"I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry," Obama said. "Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three - what I think we know separate and apart from this incident - is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."

Most people would conclude that it was not the police, but the subject who acted stupidly, by refusing to cooperate with law enforcement officers responding to a call.

Can somebody refresh my memory, are all “scholars” exempt from the normal exigencies of dealing with the authorities, or is it only “reknowned scholars”, or only Black-skinned “scholars,” reknowned or otherwise, or is it only Black-skinned Leftist “scholars,” or do the special rules apply to Leftist “scholars” of any skin color?

This all gets pretty complex for us mere Commoners to understand, but to our unenlightened ears it sounds an awful lot like “four legs good, two legs better.”


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:19 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 1:59 PM CDT
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Monday, July 20, 2009
And now, for my next act...

Having solved the crisis of health care for Veterans with V.A. Hospitals, the crisis of health care for the poor with Medicaid, and the crisis of health care for the elderly with Medicare, the U.S. Government, under the intrepid leadership of President Obama, proposes to apply the same formula that has made V.A. Hospitals, Medicaid and Medicare the envy of the World, to solving the crisis in health care for all Americans. 

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:22 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2009 2:23 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tough Choice?

Here's a "3 AM phone call" for the Leader of the Free World:

The Thug-ocratic Iranian Mullahs steal a national election so flagrantly that not a soul in the world, besides perhaps Jimmy Carter, believes the official results. In response, the longsuffering Iranian People take to the streets to protest their hated totalitarian government (which just coincidentally happens to be on the short list of America's most dangerous enemies), and that government predictably rolls out the shock troops to crack some heads, which they do with gusto, shooting dead several democracy protesters for good measure.

Now, Liberals never tire of reminding us of how complex the issues are, so if you are a Liberal this may seem like a tough call, but let's try a little thought experiment: imagine that you are the President of the United States of America -- that's the home of the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the longest-running government of, by and for the People in the world -- who do you side with, the pro-democracy protestors filling the streets of Tehran or the ruling Mullahs re-enacting Tianamen Square?

Barack Obama, whose idea of moral courage is to circle the globe apologizing for America at every lay-over, sizes up the situation and couragously votes "Present."

Americans were promised a post-partisan, post-racial presidency, but while the President has failed to deliver on either of those platitudes, Obama does seem to have what it takes to establish a Post-Leadership Presidency.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:15 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:21 PM CDT
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Friday, June 19, 2009
Lost or Destroyed

Barack Obama has promised that his policies will "save or create" five million jobs in three years. It's tempting to conclude that this "heads I win, tails you lose" metric of success or failure says much about Obama's low opinion of the intelligence of American voters, but I'd rather call President Obama's bet and raise him.

Measuring jobs created and lost is a fairly objective process, at least over the long term. But measureing jobs saved is considerably less scientific -- what is known in less polite circles as bullshit (please excuse the crudity, but it is the right word).

If we are going to measure the nebulous category of jobs "saved," (i.e. jobs that would have been lost, but for Obama's policies which prevented them from being lost), then we should just as well be able to measure jobs "destroyed," (i.e. jobs that would have been created, but for Obama's policies which prevented them from being created).

Policies of deficit spending and confiscatory taxation drain capital from the job-creating private sector, therefore every dollar increase in taxes and spending costs job creation at the margin -- these jobs that would have been created but aren't, are jobs destroyed.

Obama's sycophants celebrate a loss of 350,000 jobs in May as a net gain of "jobs saved or created," while every monthly gain of 150,000 or so jobs during George W. Bush's tenure was decried as a disappointment, because it "fell short of experts* expectations."

Applying my model to May's 350,000 lost jobs, we add to that number, all the jobs that would have been created but for the drain of capital from the private sector due to increased taxation and government spending. Taking a cue from Obama and company, we could claim that in May two million jobs were destroyed, for a net lost or destroyed job count of 2,350,000 in May alone.

If President Obama considers the Lost or Destroyed method fanciful, then, as Reagan taught us, we can offer him a "Zero Option." We will grant the point that it is impossible to calculate jobs destroyed, if he will stop claiming to be able to divine jobs saved.


*what is it, anyway, about being evidently incapable of making a solitary accurate prediction that qualifies one as an expert?

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:56 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, June 19, 2009 5:27 PM CDT
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Empathy, the key to GOP Electoral Comeback

It's time for Republicans to stop fighting the last war, and stop fighting among themselves, because President Obama has shown the Republican Party the path out of the political wilderness: Empathy.

With the appointment of Sonya Sotomayor, (all together now) the first latino nominated to the High Court, or more to the point, with Obama's rationale for the selection of Judge Sotomayor, the President has shown Republicans the key to redeeming their political fortunes. Obama says that Sotomayor is right for the Supreme Court, not because she will uphold the laws enacted by the People's elected Representatives, but because she has empathy -- not just any old empathy, mind you, but empathy with all the correct designated victim groups, women, people of color, diabetics, and the downtrodden and disadvantaged in general.

With 59 empathetic Democrats in the majority, Sotomayor's confirmation by the U.S. Senate is almost a foregone conclusion. So, what can the GOP learn from this? In 2010 there will be elections for the U.S. House and Senate, and for many State and Local Offices, and in 2012 all that plus a Presidential election. In an election, voters cast ballots, and those ballots must be counted by . . . that's right, JUDGES.

Now, in the bad old days of racism, sexism, capitalism, bigotry, homophobia, and general all-around American unfairness, mean old non-empathetic Judges were expected to apply the law with impartiality, showing no favoritism to any party before the court. But in The Age of Obama, the bad old days are just a bad memory, so now Judges are in the business of helping some people get even with other people, by looking at the law empathetically, and looking as hard and as empathetically as necessary to make the law come down on the side of the underdog. It's all so much fairer this way.

So, who is a bigger underdog today than Republicans? Instead of an internecine bloodletting, what the Republican Party needs is a united recruitment drive for empathetic Election Judges -- Judges who understand what it feels like to lose an election, judges whose life experience lets them bring a point of view to counting the ballots that will lead to wiser vote totals, than if they just counted the ballots the old-fashioned, theoretical 2+2=4 way.

I'd say those kind of empathetic Judges could help downtrodden Republicans get even in 2010 and even get even in 2012 against President Empathy himself.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:00 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:54 AM CDT
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Barack Obama certainly has outdone George W. Bush at being “The CEO President.” With Bush it was merely a metaphor.

Those who doubt automaking magnate Obama’s qualifications for running a corporation – you know, those basic fundamentals, like making a payroll -- should be reassured by the fact that since taking office Obama has consistently made a whole bunch of payrolls.

First he paid off the big-city Democrat Mayors with the “Stimulus” Bill -- and he didn’t forget ACORN’s commission check either. He paid off Democrat cronies by doubling-down on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He paid off the UAW by letting them cut in line in front of secured creditors at Chrysler’s bankruptcy. This week he is paying off the Trial Lawyers by opening vast acreage to exploration and drilling for new supplies of domestic lawsuits. That's "stimulus," of a sort.

Whose payday will be next? I’m not sure, but I know who will have to come up with the money.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:20 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, May 22, 2009 8:25 AM CDT
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It Could Happen To You...

Obama and the Democrats won the cheers of the Public by telling Auto Execs not to fly their private jets, by telling AIG not to pay bonuses, and by sending those Corporate Bondholders to the back of the bankruptcy line. Well, who can complain? After all, if the taxpayers are paying the bills, the government, as representative of the taxpayer, will tell the recipients of government money what they may and may not do. What could be more reasonable? So, we can all rejoice that the fat cats are getting their come-uppence.

Now that that inequity has been resolved, let’s move on to the Health Care Crisis. 40 zillion Americans are without health insurance, the big insurance companies are getting rich on skyrocketing policy premiums and the cost of medical care is out of control. Enter the Federal Government to fix the problem (building on its previous successes with Medicare, Medicaid and VA Hospitals). The solution? Government-subsidized healthcare. What a relief, huh? Oh, and by the way, since the taxpayers are paying the bills, the government, as representative of the taxpayer, will tell the recipients of government money what they may and may not do. What could be more reasonable?

Neighbor, I hope that was the change you believed in when you cast your vote for Obama, because that’s the change you’re in for.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:00 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:00 AM CDT
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Outrage is alive and well among homosexual activists

Please note that the “news” reporting of this “controversy” follows the tried and true mainstream media formula of, “Congressman Jones, your Democrat opponents accuse you of eating small children for breakfast. Many Americans are wondering whether you put ketchup or tobasco sauce on them.”

From the self-appointed guardians of the first amendment we hear not a peep of principled defense for free conscience, free thought or free speech, much less common decency. Too bad for Miss CA that she wasn’t burning Old Glory, or ranting against the U.S. Military. She wouldn’t want for pop culture or big media defenders then.

I would suggest that no movement excels homosexual activists in dealing in hate. Not the Skinheads, not the Feminists, not even President Obama negotiating with Chrysler’s Corporate Bond holders. But of course, this is the GOOD hate. After all, homosexuals are an oppressed minority. The law prevents them from marrying the person they want to. Well, welcome to the real world you bunch of crybabies. None of us boys got to marry Raquel Welch, even though we grew up wanting to, and now that we are married men, the law prevents us from marrying the old gal, even if she wanted to. One of your swishy icons, Mick Jagger, made the point pretty well when he croaked, "you can't always get what you want."

Rick Santorum didn’t go far enough, commenting on the Lawrence decision, because he only noted (albeit correctly) that having established a constitutional right to perversion, the Court had left no permissable legislative barrier to bigamy, bestiality or even Liberalism (ok, I may have added that last part myself).

Santorum accurately identified the legal stakes, but the real rest of the story is the TOTALITARIAN character of homosexual activism. Not only may we not pass laws to restrict the practice of homosexual perversion, but we may not even THINK thoughts against the practice, propagation and celebration of homosexual perversion. On the contrary, as illustrated by the Miss California episode, we are not merely forbidden by the homosexual activists to think counter-revolutionary thoughts, we are required to think favorably about the mainstreaming of their abomination.

How then can we continue to identify as "Liberal," the political philosophy which, by both silence and affirmation, countenances such thought control.” Just what about such a political philosophy is Liberal? A more accurate term might be Radical Secular Socialist Totalitarianism – is that too much of a mouthful? How about, The Totalitarian Political Philosophy Formerly Known As Liberalism. My Dad always loved a good acronym, maybe that would help. Something like Liberalism Is More Precisely Radical Secular Socialist Totalitarianism or LIMPRSST (pronounced Limp Wrist).

William Bennett famously wrote of “The Death of Outrage.” A decade later the coroner's report on our side is inconclusive, but you can be certain that Outrage is alive and well among homosexual activists, and what outrages them is not the dishonoring of the hallowed institutions of our civilization, but anyone daring to disagree with them.

For the sake of our vanishing free republic, I pray that Carrie Prejean would have a spine of steel, and that God would graciously grant an Ollie-North-Moment, when a little person, targeted for routine destruction, speaks truth to power, and the veil is momentarily blown aside, allowing the American People a glimpse of the Leftist Beast. They won’t like what they see.

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:00 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, May 8, 2009 9:24 AM CDT
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Background Check

Two Americans, Carrie Prejean, Miss California, and Barack Obama, President of the United States, have something in common. They have expressed IDENTICAL views on same-sex marriage: they both say that they believe marriage ought to be between a man and a woman.

The tolerant, dissent-is-patriotic, free-thinking, lovers of free expression who speak (unrepudiated) on behalf of the same-sex marriage movement, have reacted to the two rather differently, but the really big difference between the President and Carrie Prejean is that the American People now know so much MORE about Miss California's background than they know about Barack Obama's.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:05 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, May 8, 2009 8:12 AM CDT
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Shrink to Win?

Peggy Noonan takes the occassion of Senator Jim Demint's remark, that he "would rather have 30 good and reliable conservative senators than 60 unreliable Republicans," to mock Social Conservative Republicans for having a "shrink to win" political strategy. Noonan is too smart to unintentionally miss Demint's hyperbole, wherein she is behaving like a Liberal, pretending to be outraged in order to win an argument.

But, who started the "shrink to win" talk anyway? Social Conservatives are merely counter-attacking against the Washingtonian -- Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, George Will -- Republicans who called for Social Conservatives to disappear from the GOP, beginning with their snide dismissal of Sarah Palin before the election and continuing into the post-election finger pointing.

The sleight of hand is that the call to purge Social Conservatives from the Party is couched in an accusation that Social Conservatives are trying to purge Moderates from the Party. This simply does not compute. 78% of Conservatives voted for John McCain, the Poster Boy of Moderate Republicanism, which means that most Social Conservatives supported McCain -- hardly a purge of ideological impurity.

The endlessly repeated "ideological purity" riff doesn't pass the Laugh Test. For heaven's sake, Arlen Specter was hardly a loyal Republican, who crossed the aisle from time to time; he regularly vexed the GOP Senate Leadership and dispicably leveraged his vote for personal advantage whenever possible. Is there no point short of voting for GOP-led organization in the Senate at which Republicans should draw the line and say an elected official is disloyal to the Party? After all, Mitch McConnell can win Minority Leader with or without Senator Specter's vote. Moreover, relief at the departure of a canker like Arlen Specter is hardly the Inquisition of Ideological Purity that the pundits claim motivates Conservative Republicans.

Social Conservatives are not arguing that the GOP should win by purging Moderates, rather that the GOP should win by persuading swing voters who ought to identify with the Republican Party by the power of Conservative ideas, not by me-too adoption Liberal ideas to pander to those voters.

When Moderates had their way, Republicans spent decades as the minority Party in the House of Representatives, and most of the same period as minority in the Senate. Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich were able to grow the Party to majority status by wooing Social Conservatives, among others, to the Republican Party through the power of Conservative ideas, so wouldn't it be fair to describe GOP Moderates’ insistence that Social Conservatives take a hike as a shrink to win strategy? Peggy Noonan et al should take a look in the mirror.

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:13 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:29 PM CDT
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Specter The Defector
If Arlen Specter had been arrested for being a Republican, Scottish law would have ruled, "case not proved."

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:12 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:37 AM CDT
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Monday, April 13, 2009
Shooting the Pirates gives Obama a New Job Responsibility

Now that the Muslim Pirates are literally screaming bloody murder, Barack Obama is about to learn the difference between being President of the United States and merely being an itinerant Critic of the United States.

In fact, it may not be long before an insomniac Obama is roaming the halls of the White House in the night watches, holding conversations with portraits of Lincoln, Truman and George W. Bush.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:40 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, April 13, 2009 10:41 AM CDT
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Friday, April 10, 2009
The Oprah President

President Obama's Spokesman, making an official prepared statement about the kidnapping of the Captain of a U.S. flagged merchant ship by Muslim Pirates off the East Coast of Africa, actually said that President Obama's biggest concern is the safety of the Captain.

Memo to Barack Obama: Private citizens have the luxury of having the safety of an individual as their biggest concern, but you are now President of The United States of America, therefore your biggest concern ought to be the interests of The United States of America.

We all hope and pray that the Captain comes out of this OK, but the lives and safety of every other American merchant seaman, and the future freedom of the seas to American shipping are rightly the primary concern of the President of the United States.

When Obama issues a weak-kneed, touchy-feely statement like "[my] biggest concern is the safety of the Captain," Bad Guys all over the World are listening and taking the measure of the man, and the Bad Guys are celebrating over the measurements.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:43 AM CDT
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Friday, April 3, 2009
Now he tells us...

Hmmmm, during the Presidential Campaign Obama never mentioned how "conflicted" he is about America.

Of course, anyone could tell that Obama has mixed feelings about the U.S.A., provided they 1) were not conflicted about the greatest nation on God's green Earth, and 2) had the courage to believe the truth. Alas, the number of people fitting that profile fell somewhat short of that needed to comprise a majority in the Electoral College.

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:00 PM CDT
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From the man who said he couldn't throw Jeremiah Wright under the bus...
The Telegraph UK reports on Obama throwing America under the bus:

<Barack Obama: 'arrogant US has been dismissive' to allies

President Barack Obama has offered an apology for the Bush era, declaring that America had “shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” towards its allies.>

Notably, unlike Obama, President Bush never has been dismissive or derisive toward the United States of America.

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:59 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, April 3, 2009 4:00 PM CDT
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Friday, March 6, 2009
Take Me To Your Leader...

A subset of the lack of Cultural Confidence among the elites of Western Civilization is the lack of Cultural Confidence among Moderate Republicans. They agonize over what others will think of them, which leads them to a bizzare sort of passive-aggressive behavior.

These Moderates tread ever-so-softly when advocating the policies they favor, and attack boldly fellow Republicans who decline to make their case with "civility" (in case you don't know what that means, you are witnessing "Civility" every time you see Republicans following the Marquis of Queensbury  rules, while Democrats gouge the eyes and knee the groin). John Mark Reynolds post about Rush Limbaugh's speech to CPAC is a good example. <Rush Gave a Bad Speech by John Mark Reynolds on 3/2/09

I listened to the Rush speech at CPAC. You can here, but it is mostly a waste of time. It was a bad speech, as a speech, and it made an argument that in our present societal context sounds like a spirited defense of the White Star Line on April 16, 1912...> Click Here to Read the Full Post and <Sam Adams was ... a leader in the early stages of the Revolution who sacrificed his all for the Cause. He was personally brave and an effective rabble rouser. Revolutions need a Sam Adams like they need air.

If, however, he had become the face fo the Revolution in those days, we might very well have lost. He could not appeal (and turned off) many people we needed on our team. Instead, Washington became the face of the revolution and our leader and the Revolution was saved...> Click Here to Read the Full Post of 3/4/09 Rush is not the right leader for the Reagan Revolution Phase Two>

Mr. Middle-of-the-Road Reynolds misses the point that leaders of movements are not chosen by election, they are chosen by the fact of having followers (with the obvious exception of the "leaders" of the "Civil Rights" and "Women's" movements, who have been chosen by national media anointment, in spite of an embarrasing paucity of followers). Rush IS the leader of the Conservative Movement (this just in: George Washington is not returning calls). because he leads and Conservatives follow.

Is Reynolds telling Conservatives to spurn Rush? Great strategy. This is the Republican Self-Destruction Disorder to which I was alluding when I suggested that Michael Steele would do better to point his weapon down range. You don't win a political fight by picking off everybody on your own side who falls short of some arbitrary standard of perfection, especially if their shortcoming is that some people don't like them (see Gingrich, Newt).

Even General Washington who was certainly a popular hero in his own time, was not without his detractors (see Gates, General Horatio) during the War for Independence. Anyone who believes something worth believing and tries to persuade others will have enemies. In fact, Reynolds recommendation is so thoroughly wimpish that it's likely to appeal to four out of five Republican elected officials, but won't hold water with Conservatives.

Finally, the idea of Rush as leader of the Republican Party is an invention of Obama War Room strategy (see Ayers, William C.), so Reynolds should direct his plea to the President.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:32 AM CST
Updated: Monday, March 16, 2009 2:37 PM CDT
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Two Cheers for Obama
I commend President Obama for dumping (by Executive Order) the Prevailing Wage provision in Stimulus Act-funded Government Contracting (an absurd inefficiency that was never anything but a payoff to labor unions). Last week the WSJ challenged him to do so, and he did. I imagine there are quite a few red-faced union thugs feeling cheated out of some of their swag by the man they helped put in the White House. Obama would do still better to propose that Congress eliminate the policy for all Federal contracts.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:57 AM CST
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Government Bubble

Excerpt of exchange between Larry King and Gov. Jindal:

< King: Governor, do you think people are thinking about capitalism now or are they thinking about problems?

Jindal: Look, clearly, the American people are worried about paying their mortgages, keeping their jobs and paying their health care bills. I think Rush is a great leader for conservatives. I think he articulates what a lot of people are concerned about.

King: Do you want him [Obama] to fail?

Jindal: I don't want those policies to be adopted. I want my country to succeed, but I don't want policies to be adopted.

King: What if the policies work?

Jindal: Well, again...

King: What if they work? >

Re-wind to September 2008 when the credit crisis hit. Republican Presidential candidate John McCain had the opportunity to define the issue, instead he readily adopted the Liberal Template that Capitalism has failed, i.e. the problem = “Wall Street greed.” Not only was that the beginning of the end of McCain’s presidential aspirations, but it is a trap that Republicans have universally fallen into, opposing Obama’s “Stimulus” porkage primarily on the grounds of overspending and ineffectiveness at triggering economic recovery.

While the other side is swapping out the FOUNDATIONS of the American Experiment, Republicans are focusing on the details of governance. When the foundations are under assault a PHILOSOPHICAL defense must undergird the fight over line-items (see Reagan, Ronald and Buckley, William F.). This is what’s missing from the Republican argument – although NOT missing from Rush’s arguments, which is why the Left has trained their sights on him. I’m not sure exactly how to put it for a dumbed-down audience (they’re watching Larry King!), but the GOP had better publish some talking points that explain why it doesn’t matter whether policies “work,” in the short-term, if the lasting effect is to diminish liberty and fundamentally alter the relationship of the individual and the state.

Buying into Obama’s Government-as-savior policies is the political equivilent of buying a house beyond your means, because you expect the value to continue rising indefinitely. Haven’t we lately caught on that there comes a day-of-reckoning? But in this case, it’s not your house value that’s “under water,” it’s your freedom, your son’s freedom and your grandson’s freedom. Maybe a phrase like “Government Bubble” could work to communicate the hazard to liberty contained in Obama’s policies, whether or not they “work.”

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:52 AM CST
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