January 13, 2009

Inauguration Day 2009

I'm keeping positive energy about the next 4 years. I'm not sure what is around the corner for us, but I have confidence in President-Elect Obama. I read this in the paper yesterday:
Mr Obama said yesterday that he had been working hard on his inaugural speech. He said that every time he reads Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address - considered perhaps the best in US history - “you start getting intimidated”. He added: “I think the main task for me in an inauguration speech, and I think this is true for my presidency generally, is to try to capture as best I can the moment we are in ... to project confidence that, if we take the right measures, that we once again can be that country, that beacon for the world.”
Something about his outlook gives me hope and inspiration. Change was needed, and I hope he delivers.

November 17, 2004

Color Me Skeptical

November 06, 2004

MoveOn's backfire

Robert Novak on the failure of MoveOn's activism:

Only four of the 26 Democratic challengers for Congress and governorships endorsed and bankrolled by the left-wing MoveOn PAC were elected Tuesday, but some suffered from that organization's support.

In Arizona, former Flagstaff Mayor Paul Babbitt was embarrassed before his rural constituents in his campaign for Congress when Republican Rep. Rick Renzi mentioned MoveOn's endorsement of Babbitt. Renzi had been considered one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents but won easily with 59 percent of the vote.

In Minnesota, missing children's advocate Patty Wetterling's campaign for Congress suffered when Republican ads attacked her for accepting MoveOn's endorsement and cash. Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy was re-elected with 54 percent.

October 30, 2004

Kerry more likely to reinstate draft

Bruce Chapman on who is more likely to reinstate a draft:

Of all the upside-down, misreported issues of 2004, the phoniest is the Kerry camp's assertion that a re-elected George W. Bush will bring back the draft. The case is much stronger that John Kerry himself would do so.

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The volunteer military was a political victory by libertarian conservatives against social-engineering liberals, and its success, as nearly all military leaders acknowledge, has been a significant factor in improving the quality and motivation of America's armed forces in the years following the draft-driven (and protested) Vietnam War.

But liberals have never given up the idea of national service. Funded by fat grants from major foundations, a long parade of studies and schemes to introduce the idea has marched forth in a seemingly endless column from think tanks and academia. In the face of the military's own desire never again to rely on coerced recruits, such organizations as the Brookings Institution have proposed instead an ever-expanding realm of paid voluntarism in the social service sector.

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If anyone doubts what is going on here, he might simply examine who backs Kerry, and he will find that almost all the longtime advocates of national service (including many who wish to resume a draft) are among them. On the other stand nearly all of us who worked to introduce a volunteer military in the first place and have worked ever since to preserve it.

Polls show that military families will vote for Bush over Kerry by ratios of up to 3 to 1. Among other things, they know who wants a competent professional fighting force and who would allow it to degrade to the point that a draft became necessary.

It is demagogic, therefore, for Kerry to claim that it is Bush who would like to bring back the draft, not him. It is even more reprehensible that Kerry's friends in the media have refused to explain the background on this issue to a generation of voters who are too young not to be gulled by campaign propaganda.

October 28, 2004

Viva Piñera

Carlo Stagnaro on the necessary reform of Social security systems in Europe:

The vision Europe needs is Jose Piñera's. Dr. Piñera was minister in Chile in the early 1980s. At that time, he pursued an innovative pension reform that transformed Chilean workers into "workers-capitalists". This is a metaphor Piñera likes, and for good reasons.

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Chilean-style reform could succeed in privatizing de facto the pensions, while limiting government spending -- something which is very important in a country like Italy, where the risk is to reduce pension debt by increasing public debt, with no sensible change for the average worker and taxpayer. CERM's Fabio Pammolli and Nicola Salerno, in fact, showed how it may be possible to create an incentive towards a private system, while limiting government expenditure. These measures are a way to make the crisis a bit less incumbent; yet, there's no doubt the iceberg is approaching the European Titanic.

October 19, 2004

John Kerry, Dead End

October 17, 2004

Vote: it’s easier than working

Movimentarian.com has created its very own Rock the Vote campaign:

I’d like to remind everyone that if you don’t vote, then you won’t get your chance to force others around. In fact, you’d have no right to complain when people forced you around, because you forfeited your opportunity to defend yourself or force them to do what you want.

In many other countries citizens don’t get the chance to force others around, imagine not having that ability. It is a shame so many eligible voters here do not take an hour out of their day to go and get their beliefs enforced. If more people did that we would surely have a more Utopic society.

Remember, thousands of people have sacrificed their lives so you can have the right to force their children to fight for that right.

October 16, 2004

Media Bend Over Backwards to Help Kerry

Thomas Sowell on media bias

A joke has President Bush and the Pope sailing down the Potomac on the Presidential yacht. The wind blows the Pontiff's cap off and it falls into the water. President Bush orders the yacht stopped, gets off and walks across the water to retrieve the Pope's cap.

The next day's headline in the New York Times reads: BUSH CAN'T SWIM.

It is hard to know whether media bias is getting worse or whether the mainstream media are just getting caught more often because of alternative sources of news like Fox News, talk radio and a growing number of Internet sites. Twenty years ago, CBS News and Dan Rather might have been able to continue to bluff their way out of the forged documents scandal because the other members of the big-three broadcast networks were unlikely to press the issue.

October 14, 2004

Nobel laureate calls for steeper tax cuts in US

Wise words by Edward Prescott:

"What Bush has done has been not very big, it's pretty small," Prescott told CNBC financial news television.

"Tax rates were not cut enough," he said.

Lower tax rates provided an incentive to work, Prescott said.

Prescott and Norwegian Finn Kydland won the 2004 Nobel Economics Prize for research into the forces behind business cycles.

October 12, 2004