Friday, October 24, 2008


It’s not up to McCain. It’s not up to Obama. It’s up to you and me.

Do we want:
Smaller limited Constitutional central government
Stronger military
A dwindling welfare state
A capitalist system
National Security

We have to fight for this country. Ronald Reagan’s ideals are not dead. He laid the predicate for modern conservatism. Conservatism does not change. No upgrade is needed. It is based on thousands of years of human experience. What works and what does not work. Experimentation is liberalism. Liberalism is a lurch in the dark and it must be repelled. Conservatives work hard every day to get things done.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Obama/Pelosi Early Agenda

Here are some of the changes that are likely to occur if Barack Obama is elected and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid get their super-majority, and Washington is a solidly liberal town again. I tried to limit the list to only the items that they would be likely to either pass, or attempt to pass, based on common beltway wisdom and campaign statements. For example, a Democrat dominated D.C would be ominous for second amendment supporters. Yet, there are no specifics on how a President Obama and a Democratic super-majority would try to regulate handguns, so it doesn’t make the list.

Democrats and Liberals will applaud many of these. Conservatives and the GOP will be gnashing their teeth. Either way, most, if not all, will be attempted.

1. Union card check would certainly pass and be signed into law. This is the Employee Free Choice Act would convert workplaces into union shops merely by gathering signatures from a majority of employees. It would eliminate the final secret ballot vote.

2. Obama has vowed to fight to ban companies from hiring permanent replacement workers during a union strike, assuring all union workers will get their jobs back if they just walk out and picket.

3. Obama promises to move us toward government run healthcare, even if he stops sort of proposing universal healthcare. He is promising a public insurance program modeled after Medicare and open to anyone of any income. According to the Lewin group, it could cause as many as 52-million Americans to move from private coverage to public entitlement.

4. Obama and Pelosi both want to increase the minimum wage to at least 9.50 an hour by 2011 and index it--tie it to the rate of inflation--so it will increase as inflation does.

5. President Obama will be appointing at least one, maybe two appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.

6. Obama and Pelosi have both vowed to renegotiate NAFTA and stand against other free trade agreements. Imagine, they want to limit trade with our allies and neighbors, Canada and Mexico.

7. Obama and Pelosi would almost certainly implement cap and trade taxes, imposing them on businesses to combat global warming. These would drive up the cost of energy and adversely impacting the economy. This is trillions of dollars that congress could grab by selling carbon credits, which it could then use to play favorites and pick winners and losers in the energy business and across the economy. It would be a new way for congress to regulate business, punish those industries they don’t like and reward those they do.

8. Obama and Pelosi want to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, which is impossible, but we’ll lose a lot of freedoms and spend a lot of taxpayer money trying. They will almost certainly pass the bill making this vow, anyway.

9. Democrats in congress vow to attempt to reintroduce the Fairness Doctrine and stifle conservative talk radio. Obama has said he has no interest in doing so, but if congress passed it and it ended up on his desk, would he sign it?

10. President Obama has vowed a quick troop exit from Iraq. Pelosi and the anti-war crowd will hold him to it.

11. President Obama will have to make good on his promise to hold personal President-level talks with the Castros, Chavez, and other dictators, with or without precondition.

12. Pelosi, Obama, Shumer, and virtually all democrats of note talk about windfall profits taxes on oil companies. They will pursue them. Other industries the left has traditionally disliked could be in for new scrutiny, regulation and profit grabs, including telecom, biotech and (almost certainly) drug makers.

13. Obama has vowed raise the top income, dividend, and capital gains rates for ‘the rich’, increasing the cost of new investment in the U-S.

14. Obama’s 95 percent tax cut for all Americans would turn the IRS into a new

welfare agency. Forty percent of American families don’t pay taxes, so they’d

receive yearly rebates, money they never paid in and don’t deserve.

15. A liberal supermajority would move quickly to impose procedural advantages that could cement democratic rule for years to come, including national Election Day registration, something ACORN has been pushing for years. It would make it easier to stack the voter rolls.

16. Felons may get the right to vote nationwide. Democrats must figure felons are more likely to vote democrat, because they have been pushing this for years.

17. The District of Columbia would be given a voice, and votes, in congress- democratic- of course.

18. The No Child Left Behind education standards would be watered down or dropped. Teacher’s unions don’t like them.

19. Terrorists at Guantanamo Bay would probably be afforded the right to have trials in civilian courts with all of the protections and rights afforded to American citizens.

20. Obama and Pelosi would pass the so-called Fair Pay Act which would set salary standards for women doing certain jobs that would be overly simplistic and would allow trial lawyers to dream up all sorts of new discrimination claims while adversely affecting employers.

21. Obama has vowed to expand and toughen federal hate crimes laws, which many people find ridiculous. A crime is a crime.

22. Obama and Pelosi support amnesty for illegal aliens. Rahm Emmanuel has said it won’t be attempted until a second Obama term, but it could be coming under the democrats. It is a vow they’ve made to illegal alien advocacy groups.
23. Obama has told Planned Parenthood that, as one of his first acts, he will pass the Freedom of Choice Act, which would overturn the partial birth abortion ban and overrule parental notification laws.

Monday, October 6, 2008


This artical by Paul Johnson in Frobs magazine was a wonderful read. Let me share it with you.

The Nonsense of Global Warming

Paul Johnson 10.06.08, 12:00 AM ET

August was one of the nastiest months I can remember: torrential rain; a hailstorm or two; cold, bitter winds; and mists. But we are accustomed to such weather in England. Lord Byron used to say that an English summer begins on July 31 and ends on Aug. 1. He called 1816 "the year without a summer." He spent it gazing across Lake Geneva, watching the storms, with 18-year-old Mary Shelley. The lightening flickering across the lake inspired her Frankenstein, the tale of the man-made monster galvanized into life by electricity.

This summer's atrocious weather tempted me to tease a Green whom I know. "Well, what about your weather theory now?" (One of the characteristics of Greens is that they know no history.) He replied: "Yes, this weather is unprecedented. England has never had such an August before. It's global warming, of course." That's the Greens' stock response to anything weather-related. Too much sun? "Global warming." Too little sun? "Global warming." Drought? "Global warming." Floods? "Global warming." Freezing cold? "Global warming."

I wish the great philosopher Sir Karl Popper were alive to denounce the unscientific nature of global warming. He was a student when Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was first published and then successfully tested. Einstein said that for his theory to be valid it would have to pass three tests. "If," Einstein wrote to British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, "it were proved that this effect does not exist in nature, then the whole theory would have to be abandoned."

To Popper, this was a true scientific approach. "What impressed me most," he wrote, "was Einstein's own clear statement that he would regard his theory as untenable if it should fail in certain tests." In contrast, Popper pointed out, there were pseudo-scientists, such as Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. Marx claimed to be constructing a theory of scientific materialism based on scientific history and economic science. "Science" and "scientific" were words Marx used constantly. Far from formulating his theory with a high degree of scientific content and encouraging empirical testing and refutation, Marx made it vague and general. When evidence turned up that appeared to refute his theory, the theory was modified to accommodate the new evidence. It's no wonder that when communist regimes applied Marxism it proved a costly failure.

Freud's theories were also nonspecific, and he, too, was willing to adjust them to take in new science. We now know that many of Freud's central ideas have no basis in biology. They were formulated before Mendel's Laws were widely known and accepted and before the chromosomal theory of inheritance, the recognition of inborn metabolic errors, the existence of hormones and the mechanism of nervous impulse were known. As the scientist Sir Peter Medawar put it, Freud's psychoanalysis is akin to mesmerism and phrenology; it contains isolated nuggets of truth, but the general theory as a whole is false.

The idea that human beings have changed and are changing the basic climate system of the Earth through their industrial activities and burning of fossil fuels--the essence of the Greens' theory of global warming--has about as much basis in science as Marxism and Freudianism. Global warming, like Marxism, is a political theory of actions, demanding compliance with its rules.

Those who buy in to global warming wish to drastically curb human economic and industrial activities, regardless of the consequences for people, especially the poor. If the theory's conclusions are accepted and agreed upon, the destructive results will be felt most severely in those states that adhere to the rule of law and will observe restrictions most faithfully. The global warming activists' target is the U.S. If America is driven to accept crippling restraints on its economy it will rapidly become unable to shoulder its burdens as the world's sole superpower and ultimate defender of human freedoms. We shall all suffer, however, as progress falters and then ceases and living standards decline.

Out of Balance

When I'm driving to my country home in Somerset, I pass two examples of the damage Greens can cause when their views are accepted and applied. Thanks to heavy government subsidies, many farmers switched from growing food to biofuel crops--perhaps the most expensive form of energy ever devised. The result has been a world shortage of food, with near starvation in some places, and a rise in the cost of food for everyone. We're now getting wise to this ridiculous experiment; shares in biofuels have fallen, and farmers are switching back to their proper work. But the cost has been enormous.

The other thing I pass is a new windmill, spinning slowly around. Windmills were the great invention of the early Middle Ages--man harnessing nature and using it to replace muscle power. When I was a boy more than 70 years ago there were still a few windmills, but nobody doubted they were on their way out. The thought of going back to wind power would have seemed preposterous. Nevertheless, under pressure from Greens this has happened. Wind power is a grotesquely expensive and inefficient form of energy, and the new windmills are hideous things, ruining the landscape and making an infernal noise.

Marxism, Freudianism, global warming. These are proof--of which history offers so many examples--that people can be suckers on a grand scale. To their fanatical followers they are a substitute for religion. Global warming, in particular, is a creed, a faith, a dogma that has little to do with science. If people are in need of religion, why don't they just turn to the genuine article?