The “wish list” used to be a holiday phenomenon. It is now actually an everyday feature of places like Amazon, Best Buy, etc. There is even a wishlist.com for building you personal list for every purpose from wedding gift and baby shower registries to everyday “I want” lists. I understand the practicality of this in some places, but at what point did the expectation of presents, and the virtual obligation of buying presents, become the central purpose of Christmas? Whether we admit it or not, this is what has happened, even for most Christians.
We have seen how our Republican heroes melted like salted snails, selling out virtually every conservative or Christian principle imaginable in the recent Paul Ryan-led Omnibus bill. In secret back-room deals with leftists, the leadership caved on issue after issue, including one made central recently by the exposure of an infant body-parts trade: the continued […]
I have in the past written about billionaire businessman and philanthropist Charles Koch’s laudable views of business ethics, service, and free market economics. Today, he continues to delight with a critique of American politics based on consistent principle. In an interview with MSNBC, Koch answered how he felt about the alleged defenders of the free […]
It’s bad enough that Congress is about to pass a $1 Trillion-plus spending bill while simultaneously praising themselves for “thoughtful” decisions, “wise” investing, and “savings.” But under the guise of a concern “to protect farmers,” Committee members have included provisions that will provide essential bailout money for banks engaged in risky derivatives investing (you know, […]
There’s another furor over another “unilateral” ObamaCare mandate delay. This just shows what a dictator Obama is. He rewrites the law at his own whim. Shameful. Unprecedented. Problem is, G. W. Bush did exactly the same thing. No one said a word. Problem is, the authority to make such changes has been written into IRS […]
Following tight on the heels of Republican capitulation over a roughly 1,000-page, $1.1 Trillion spending agreement is now a 959-page, $956 Billion farm bill likely to receive the same bipartisan green light. It took this second dose for me to realize that even at the monstrous size of these most-likely-unread bills, they equate to about […]
NPR has a nice report on a Republican primary heating up in Idaho—a good representative sample of the establishment-vs-tea party divide among Republicans. The story does a good job of highlighting the fiscal tension lying at the heart of the divide: many conservative voters find themselves employed by the very government spending they say needs […]
What was once outspoken opposition (to increased spending) led by the tea party core in the House seems to have cooled to a lukewarm loyal opposition. A few are opposing the latest $1.1 Trillion omnibus spending bill, but we are not hearing too much strident expression of principle anymore. Where did they go? Republicans in […]
I’m beginning to think that when we tell future generations about the 2010 tea party, they will accuse us of historical revisionism. “It never happened.” “There’s no historical evidence.” The fiscal cliff media is a total joke. By far the vast majority of the discussion has revolved around taxes, when by far the biggest part […]
A main theme running through my “Restoring America” project is that of inviting government tyranny by taking government money. We call this “taking the cheese.” When we take the cheese, the trap slams down. Unfortunately, this principle is ignored throughout American government at all levels. The progressive tyranny we’ve witnessed in American history has been […]
A fairly recent poll confirms my sentiment in “Five Truths that Republicans Hate,” and much more. The Economist publishes a weekly “YouGov” poll online. For one such poll earlier this year, a central question focused on the public outcry over deficits: “If government spending is reduced in order to balance the budget, which one of […]
Obama and the Democrats want “more Americans to contribute today so that all Americans can do better tomorrow.” I’m sorry, but I’m already contributing enough, taking into account federal, state, property, school, ad valorem, sales, social security, hotel, entertainment, airline, utility, gasoline, and dozens of other hidden taxes. Taxes on alcohol and cigarettes do not affect me directly since I do not smoke or drink. These taxes, however, still have a deleterious effect on the economy since money is power in the hands of the State. By the way, our health-care crisis is related more to poor health habits – smoking, drinking, and obesity – and bureaucratic regulations that drive up health costs.
Alan Colmes, who co-hosted with Sean Hannity on FOX’s “Hannity and Colmes,” claims that Jesus “believed the rich should give to the poor.” Obama and most of Congress seem to agree. Let’s assume that Colmes’ analysis of Jesus is correct on this point. This is a far cry from saying that productive people should be taxed and that the government should redistribute their income to the less fortunate (Prov. 6:6-11; 13:4, 18; 19:15; 20:13; 21:25-26; 24:30-34; 28:19). A person who refuses to work is not to be assisted: “If anyone will not work, neither let him eat” (2 Thess. 3:10).
Sociologist William Brustein went to Berlin a few years ago to tour the city. As his bus tour passed the bunker where Hitler spent his last days, the guide told how Hitler had seized power and fooled the German people. He assured the tour that “It would never happen again.”
Brustein knew the guide was wrong. His many years of study had convinced him that “It could happen again.” Brustein knew he would need empirical data to prove that the elements that brought Hitler to power lie just below the surface of all societies.
Tuesday night Obama warned Congress that we need to “sacrifice some worthy priorities … and that includes me,” but his peers in Congress, and his own budget plans speak loudly otherwise. He calls his multi-Trillion dollar deficit a “vision for America.” This is an article about hypocrisy, and about the real American Vision’s alternative methods.
Perhaps the most telling signal that Obama has no fundamental change in economics came during his December 9 interview on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.” After discussing his plans for billions of dollars in new bailouts and billions more for government infrastructure programs, he faces, of course, the question of how to pay for all of this. His advice: “we can’t worry short term about the deficit.” In other words, in the short term, print, borrow, spend!
Over the weekend, AMC aired The Godfather (Part 1 and II). I thought this was appropriate given that one of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of our nation was passed by the House and Senate on Friday, February 13, using fear, intimidation, blackmail, and political thuggery. Even John McCain, who admitted Over the weekend, AMC aired The Godfather (Part 1 and II). I thought this was appropriate given that one of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of our nation was passed by the House and Senate on Friday, February 13, using fear, intimidation, blackmail, and political thuggery.
One of the catch phrases surrounding the Obama stimulus plan has been “shovel ready projects.” Supposedly, all of the proposed billions for public infrastructure programs will fund immediately ready projects all over the country – projects all “ready to go,” they just need the funding to get started. The image given is of workers literally standing with shovel in hand, ready to start digging.