In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this
Archive for January, 2012
In response to the latest article (“So unfair”), a reader submitted this response:
Freedom from dependency gives free choice and self-possession to the soul. If we are fortunate, this wish for self-command is instilled by those who nurture us – the process needs to start at birth. The opportunity to love our parents is a great gift. Not all have that chance. Early death or a path the parent walks is our robber. BUT how wonderful it was to earn your own 1st wage to spend as you wished: to ride your own bike by our own leg power: to earn & possess the mental and physical skill to walk the path you choose: to stop having to pay others – eg retire the loan or mortgage and not have to pay for use of the capital of others.
America is such an unjust society, isn’t it ? Warren Buffet pays less of a tax rate than his secretary ! There you have it. So, let’s all join together and make it more of a fair society, where everybody does his fair share and everybody wins. Make it a win/win society!
Such the tenor of Obama’s recent SOTU address.
At the present time, 53% of Americans pay federal income tax, and 47% don’t.
That’s what I call lose/win, not win/win.
Obama wants to make some of those who are paying, pay more. Call me a stickler, but that sounds like a lose more/win more situation to me.
But let’s carry on with the facts.
In his hope to change American’s dependence on oil from the Middle East, Obama recently not only killed the Keystone pipeline but also the creation of at least 20,000 jobs associated with this project.
First Solyndra, now ENER1. The parent company of athe car battery maker that received a $ 118M grant – not: loan – from the White House filed for bankruptcy. As far as can be ascertained, at least 50% of this amount will be unrecoverable.
So, $ 59M down the drain ? Not much more than a drop in the ocean, really, if you compare it with the new, Senate-approved, raise of the debt-limit of $ 1.3T.
$ 59M, that’s barely 0.005%, so why should we make a big fuss about it ?
Because we have a “CEO” who invests stockholder money into companies that stubbornly keep going under under. A CEO for whom good intentions count more than good results. A CEO who hopes to get some change for his bucks, but who simply can’t do it.
Two days before the all-decisive South-Carolina primaries, ABC comes out with an interview with Gingrich’s second wife. It is not so that details of the Speaker’s past private life have been a well-protected secret in the past. Far from it: the fact that he has been far less than a model husband to his first and second wives is by now the stuff myths and legends are made of – there is hardly anybody around who hasn’t heard the stories, and Mr. Gingrich has conceded more than once to have lived less than a moral life. The question is why ABC is coming up with this interview at the present point of time.
As expected, Newt Gingrich did very well in the debate in South Carolina. His exchange with Juan Williams even caused the audience to give him a standing ovation, which is pretty much the first time this happened in a Republican debate since 1980. In a state with a very high percentage of black voters, he was unshaken by the implied accusation of being a racist. Instead, he made it very clear that he does not apply double standards, even when it comes to his own family. Likewise, he was unashamed to admit that he is not a friend of political correctness – as if anybody had ever been in doubt about that.
Fact is, Newt Gingrich continues to be the most outstanding orator and rhetoric in this field of five remaining contenders.
Michael Moore recently called all Americans older than 29 years of age homophobes, bigots and racists.
Just imagine anyone saying that 95% of the black population are racists just because they voted for the black man now occupying the White House.
I wonder what the reaction of the media would be …
I don’t know what Michael Moore personally has to say about black conservatives of the likes of Herman Cain, Alan West, Frederick Douglass, Alan Keyes, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas, and Michael Steele – but there are enough examples for these men and women to have been referred to as “Uncle Toms” by many of Moore’s friends on the left.
New Hampshire is over. Mitt Romney won – as predicted by virtually everyone. But he did better than that. He won decisively:
He pulled (almost) 40% of the vote;
He beat the libertarian candidate by 70%;
He pulled almost two-and-a-half as many votes as the next conservative contender;
He pulled more votes than the four conservative contenders combined;
He is the first GOP candidate who won both Iowa and New Hampshire since 1976.
The fight is getting ugly, especially with someone like Newt Gingrich being out for revenge – and that’s the only thing he is out for by now. Never mind the country, never mind the party, never mind Obama: it’s all about “If I can’t be President, nobody shall”, even if this means another 4 years of Obama. Yes, I must admit, I am deeply disappointed by the man that I once referred to as the sly old fox.
But today’s column is less about him than it is about Romney.
1. Most of Republicans agree on at least one thing: four more years of Obama would be a disaster for the country and would change the face of America forever.
2. Replacing him by a Republican must therefore be the ultimate goal.
I know, I know: The Libertarian is raging against Iran again. But – how can I not ?Facing international sanctions from the US and Europe for the first time in many years, the Mullah regime begins to fear that it might find itself soon in a bit of an uncomfortable position. So, what do you do to distract from your own incompetencies, your own corruption and your own insanity ? You find a scape-goat. If it’s not the little Satan, it’s the big one.It started off with Tehran taking a mouthful when they threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz; an undertaking that Iran would be able to achieve, albeit for a short while only before getting their hands chopped off – ehem, I mean: slapped.