I just bought Amity Shlaes “The Forgotten Man”. This book joins the large amount of scholarship that refutes the myth that FDR’s New Deal helped alleviate the depression. In fact, many economists admit now that the Big Government “trickle up” policies of the New Deal actually prolonged the Depression.
Much like Obama’s Big Government plans will harm our economy. More on that in the future.
However, there is an opening quote which is a perfect summation of liberal ideology….
Another big spending, pork laden bill has been passed by Congress. This has become routine for the last year! And, once again, a few (16) extremist Republicans have defected and joined liberal Democrats to vote for Big Government.
The bill is the $410 billion “Omnibus Bill” which will provide federal government funding for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in October. Didn’t they just get almost $800 billion? But, never mind….
It provides another illustration of the “ideology” of the Left – though they claim to have no ideology.
“I have heard a lot of talk about we ought to do a tax cut…If you put a tax cut into the hands of either a business or an individual today, there is no guarantee they are going to invest their money…in the United States. They are free to go to invest anywhere they want, if they choose to invest…The fact is none of those people are guaranteed to invest that money in any of the new projects that we are. So government, yes government, has the ability to be able to make a decision that the private sector won’t necessarily make today.” (emphasis added)
— Senator Kerry, Feb. 6th, Senate Floor during Stimulus Bill debate.
I am glad that I have an “ideology” that believes that individuals will make better decisions than an incompetent Big Government. The Left’s “ideology” seems rather loony to me.
How is he better than Obama? Well, aside from the fact that he didn’t say “um…. uh…” every couple of seconds, the speech is actually substantive. He told us what conservatism is – 1) Respect for the Constitution, 2) Respect for life, 3) Less government and 4) Personal responsibility. That about sums it up.
That beats any Barry speech, all of which can be summed up by saying “We need to spend more and we need to stop spending so much! Hope, change, change change hope changehope hopechange!”
Of course, since the kid is obviously pro-life, that means he must be a brain-dead knuckledragging idiot – at least, according to the left. Here in the real world, however, his intellect is probably at the genius level if not close to it. Have you ever seen a 13-year-old speak like that? I know I haven’t!
After scouring the internet in search of information about Friday’s Santelli-inspired tea party in downtown Pittsburgh in order to protest against Lord Barry’s latest plan to flush a few more billion dollars down the toilet for no good reason, all I could find is a thread on a message board in which someone claimed that about 35 – 40 people showed up.
Is that accurate? Who knows? I doubt any newspapers or other “mainstream” media covered this event. It’s just too bad that Cindy Sheehan wasn’t among the protesters so that coverage of the protest could be above the fold on the front page of the New York Times.
I grabbed Bill Russell’s attention for a good minute or so and he confirmed to me that he is running in 2010 with Peg Luksik as his campaign manager.
When I found Russell, he was on the phone with Luksik. Russell was not prepared to make any statements about whether Luksik was running for office, but grinned and told me to stay tuned.
At the annual PA-centric breakfast (awesome!), another potential Senate candidate I had not previously heard was mentioned – Bill Scranton. I didn’t get any vibe as to how serious that name was.
In other news from the breakfast, David Keene indicated that CPAC will be moving to a larger venue next year. Which is really good because I’m sick of tripping over students and not getting into events.
Back a few months ago I posted pictures from the Reading Terminal Market in
Philly. This was taken at the Farmer’s Market in Reading, across from
the Fairgrounds Mall.
This is a segment of the old Schuylkill Canal that linked the anthracite
coal region to Philadelphia. In the early nineteenth century it was one
of the busiest waterways in the land. Now it just sits, frozen over.
Here’s what put the canal out of business. The railroad, which ran parallel to the waterway about twenty yards away. Now it lies quiet too, the rails
I’ve been experimenting with vertical composition lately. This is just a
barren field along Rte. #895. I like the washed-out color and the lone
This is another field along the same road. This time I ramped up the
contrast to emphasize the difference between the horizontal
strips of ground.
Alex, Diana Irey ran against Jack Murtha in 2006. She is one of my favorite politicians.
Of course, seeing what the left did to SARAH, I would fear for the lies and smears which Obama and his allies would spread against Irey in their various efforts to ruin her good name in order to help elect (fill in the blank) Democrat.
As much as I like Irey, I fear that the media would do to her just as they did to Rick Santorum, making it impossible for her to win a statewide election. Irey is extremely pro-life, and of course that’s why the Democratic Party would find it necessary to destroy her.