Friday, August 2, 2013

You Will Be Tolerant... or You Will Not Be Tolerated

Is it just me that finds the title of this post ridiculous?  Yet, that's exactly what is happening across the country.  The left is advocating tolerance through force.  Basically they are saying that if you don't believe the right things, you don't deserve a place in the conversation, or even in society for that matter.  Next will come prosecution for those beliefs, as has already happened in Canada, the U.K., and Sweden. The left is, at its core, authoritarian.  They will not stop until everyone believes the way they do.  The left thinks tolerance is a one-way street, which is so obviously paradoxical that further explanation would be silly.

If you have ever spoken out against homosexuality (even in what many including myself consider to be very friendly and tolerant tones, as Orson Scott Card did), you are shunned or movie is boycotted (despite the fact that the vast majority of people who worked on the film agree with the homosexual agenda), as has happened to OSC.

Just today I saw these headlines describing how the City Council in San Antonio (in one of the most 'conservative' states, no less) is proposing to bar anyone who has EVER expressed bias from serving within city government.  If this passes, then it essentially bars anyone with religious convictions from being on the city council or any other appointed position.

George Orwell must be rolling over in his grave. 1984 is coming true, bit by bit.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Totally Awesome Video

Just watch and cringe...

Friday, March 1, 2013

More on the Sequestration

As Charles Krauthammer points out in this great article, the government now spends twice as much as it did in Bill Clinton's last year, with 35 cents of every dollar spent borrowed mostly from China.  Reducing two of those borrowed cents from our budget is presented by Obama and his Democratic Party legislators as "drastic" and "eviscerating" and "harsh" and "harmful" and "catastrophic".

Seriously, ask any business owner if they've ever had to trim expenses by 2% and see if they would describe those cuts in any of those terms.

The worst (and funniest, and most ridiculous) comment about the situation was spoken by Maxine Waters (D-CA): "“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these job losses — over 170 million jobs that could be lost".  Never mind that there are only about 145 million jobs in all of the United States.

Such is the exaggerated rhetoric coming from the Democrats.

Again as Krauthammer points out, the bad part is that Obama wants to make these minuscule cuts as painful for the American people as possible, so he can paint the Republicans in a bad light.
"Are they threatening to pare back consultants, conferences, travel and other nonessential fluff? Hardly. It shall be air-traffic control. Meat inspection. Weather forecasting."
Like I said the other day, it makes me sick.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sequester Insanity

After listening for so long to the news and the comments coming out of the White House and the Democratic Party, my head is about to explode.  Barack Obama is doing everything he can to demonize the Republicans and to pin the issue of the sequestration on them.

The truth is, it was his idea to begin with.  The other truth is that spending under this president has increased by hundreds of billions of dollars over what big spender Bush was already spending.  To cut a measly(!) 85 billion dollars (only 2.3%) out of an over-inflated budget should not be a big deal at all.  The way Obama talks, it's like he's making it out to be the worst thing to happen since World War II.

If you are uncertain about what all this sequestration talk is really all about, I have three excellent columns that address the issue.  The first one is from Bob Woodward, Mr. Watergate reporter himself, no conservative at all. (Incidentally, after publishing this piece, Mr. Woodward was threatened by someone in the White House).

The second article is from George Will.  An excellent assessment of how this whole thing is a trumped-up crisis that doesn't really even approximate anything approaching a real crisis.

The final article is from Peter Ferrara. This one includes some of the over-the-top inflammatory rhetoric that has come from Obama; just what he wants to incite hatred among his loyal followers.

Finally, one graph.  In one glance this shows you just how ridiculous it is for Obama to suggest that the sequester is "catastrophic".

The rhetoric and the falsehoods coming from our president are so vile and disgusting, it makes me sick.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Youth and Wisdom

Dennis Prager has said on many occasions that no one, when they are older, thinks that they were wiser when they were younger.  It is natural that the more people grow and learn and experience, the more wisdom they have.  By and large this is true, but of course it must be said that there are those exceptions that establish the rule.

An interesting poll publicized recently in the New York Times shows voting patterns and outlook on government in relation to age.  The results are very interesting.

I, for one, don't think it's coincidental that the older (wiser) people get, the less they trust government.

As Nick Gillespie pointed out in his recent article about how BO is screwing younger voters, the old (foolish) axiom of the 60's is rightly turned on its ear:  Don't Trust Anyone Under 30!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Is the Military too Large? Defense Spending is NOT the Problem.

I have an associate who thinks that the budgetary problems with the Federal Government can be solved first and foremost by cutting defense expenditure.  I was curious about the actual numbers, so I looked the data up on the White House website.  Here is the quickie graph I created in Excel:

So, there are seven different categories represented on the chart (all represented as a percentage of GDP): 
1) Total Government Spending (including local governments)
2) Defense and International spending (foreign aid, etc.)
3) Net Interest paid on debt
4) Social Security and Medicare
5) Other (direct payments to individuals, mostly welfare benefits)
6) Other Federal spending (discretionary spending)
7) State and Local

Charting the trend lines for each of these categories reveals disturbing patterns, but certainly not with Defense spending. 

The trend line for Total Government spending (as a percentage of GDP) from 1948 to 2011 goes from about 24.5% of GDP to about 34% of GDP (very bad).

The trend for Defense spending goes from about 11% of GDP to less than 3% (we currently spend about 5%, but the trend is definitely down (very good).

The trend for Interest paid on our federal debt goes from about 2% to about 2.5% (neutral... good).

The trend for Social Security and Medicare goes from less than 1% to approximately 8% (very, very bad).

The trend for welfare and other direct payments goes from about 2.5% to approximately 6% (bad).

The trend line for other government spending (discretionary spending) is almost perfectly constant at about 2.5% (very good).

The trend line for State & Local government is from about 7.5% to over 12% (bad, but is more easily managed and controlled at local & state levels).

So, the conclusion I draw from this data is that our biggest problems (at the federal level) are Social Security, Medicare, welfare, and other entitlement spending.  Seems pretty straightforward.  Where it's really going to hit the fan is when Social Security and Medicare expenditures increase exponentially (over what they already have been) in the next 10-20 years.  

The one thing that is explicitly authorized in the Constitution is on a definite downward trend over the last 60+ years.  Defense spending is NOT the problem.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Seraphic Secret on Changes

One of my favorite bloggers out there is Robert Avrech, a (conservative) Hollywood screenwriter who blogs at Seraphic Secret.

 In a recent post he talks about how he has made changes in his life. Where he once was a "foolish" liberal, his views changed over the years and he abandoned those foolish views in favor of more thoughtful ones like liberty, free markets, and belief in a Constitutional Republic. If only more people would follow him on this journey...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Is Gun Control a Good Idea?

This recent post about gun control is very informative from a historical perspective. Then, read this post by Ann Coulter about the real issue that, if discussed at all, is always secondary to the "real" problem of guns.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Thoughtful Article About Guns

This (lengthy) article by Jeffrey Goldberg is one of the best things I've read about guns and gun control. He's not rabidly anti or pro-gun, and the conclusions he draws are serious and, I think, very moderate. Even if you already have strong opinions about guns, this piece is well worth reading.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Kindly Note the Impending Bankruptcy

Mark Steyn knows just how to tell the awful truth in a very humorous way. Highlight: need to cut spending — like Harry Reid’s been doing. “Now remember, we’ve already done more than a billion dollars’ worth of cuts,” he bragged the other day. “So we need to get some credit for that.” Wow! A billion dollars’ worth of cuts! Washington borrows $188 million every hour. So, if Reid took over five hours to negotiate those “cuts,” it was a complete waste of time. So are most of the “plans.” Any “debt-reduction plan” that doesn’t address at least $1.3 trillion a year is, in fact, a debt-increase plan.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hunger Games in Real Life?

The Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, has a terrific op-ed in USA Today about how Washington, D.C. is looking more and more like Capital City from the Hunger Games.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wow. Just wow.

Read this about how much better, cheaper, and more within reach computers are now than they were 28 years ago. It will blow your mind...and he totally failed to mention how today's computer can do about a thousand different things that the computer of 1984 couldn't even dream of doing.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I, Pencil, Illustrated

Check out this wonderful 6-minute video illustration of the classic essay, I, Pencil.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Walter Williams on Why Capitalism is Moral

Walter Williams is my second favorite economist (after the amazing Tom Sowell), and in this Prager University video he simply explains how the free enterprise system (unlike the semi-free crony capitalism we have today) is not only the best way for society to be organized, but also the most moral.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Just guess how much we ALREADY owe!

Great Mark Steyn column, as usual. Some highlights (or lowlights):
"If you add up the total debt — state, local, the works — every man, woman, and child in this country owes 200 grand (which is rather more than the average Greek does). Every American family owes about three-quarters of a million bucks..."

"In my own state, where the Democrats ran the board on election night, the “Live Free or Die” license plates look very nice when you see them all lined up in the parking lot of the Social Security office."

" order to generate every dollar of economic growth the United States had to borrow about five dollars and 60 cents. There’s no one out there on the planet — whether it’s “the rich” or the Chinese — who can afford to carry on bankrolling that rate of return."

"...the U.S. Treasury sells 70 percent of the debt it issues to the Federal Reserve — which is to say the left hand of the U.S. government is borrowing money from the right hand of the U.S. government. It’s government as a Nigerian e-mail scam..."

"Americans as a whole have joined the rest of the Western world in voting themselves a lifestyle they are not willing to earn. The longer any course correction is postponed the more convulsive it will be."

Depressing that Americans just voted to make the situation a whole lot worse.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

This Post Is Designed to Cheer You (and Me) Up

True that there's not much to celebrate as a conservative right now.  But, if you believe what Nathan Harden says in the International Business Times (and I mostly do), even if Romney had won, REAL change is very hard and very slow.  And, as much as I like Romney and think he's a wonderful man and great at fixing things, I do tend to agree with Mr. Harden that he wasn't the guy that was really capable of BIG change, and BIG change is what we really need if we want this country to return to the very limited Federal Government that was intended in the Constitution.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where do we go from here, now that the American people have electorally shown their taste for human flesh state-sponsored handouts, chronic high unemployment, trillions of dollars in additional debt, and vastly transformational and burdensome health care regulations?  (Sorry, leftists and zombies sometimes get so mixed up in my mind...)  Back to fundamentals.

The author Andrew Klavan today lists three main areas that we conservatives should focus on to help get this country back to what it was intended to be.  Unless we want to end up like Greece in a few short years (did you see the news about the strikes today?), we need to take these suggestions seriously.  If yesterday wasn't much of a gut-punch for you, then frankly, you haven't been paying enough attention.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Appeal #2 to "Conscience Voters"

If Libertarians are so into protecting civil liberties, then they need to consider the liberties that could be severely curtailed under a Supreme Court shifted leftward if Obama gets another term.  This article by Curt Levey, a constitutional lawyer, describes some of the threats to liberty that could come about if Obama wins and appoints new justices to the court.  If you are considering casting a protest vote for a third party, or not voting at all, read this article and decide if you're willing to see changes like this happen.

Friday, November 2, 2012

An Appeal to Libertarians and Non-Voters

I understand those who vote for a Libertarian or other party candidate on principle, and I can excuse those do so in non-swing states (like Utah where I live), but for anybody in states where there is even a slight possibility that your vote could influence the outcome, please watch this video:

We are headed for a fiscal cliff, no doubt about it.  You get to choose to jump in the car that will go over the cliff in 2 minutes, or the car that will go over the cliff in 6 minutes.  The Gary Johnson car isn't an option.  It's in the shop.  I'll take the car that will give me 6 minutes to try and slow it down.  I still have little confidence that we will avoid the cliff, but I'd rather have more time to try and solve the problem than less.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

OSC on Benghazi

Orson Scott Card (author of 'Ender's Game' and many other books) has for years and years been a Democrat.  Not a leftist democrat, but more of a Scoop Jackson or Blue Dog Democrat.  Over the last few years he has become increasingly critical of President Obama and his administration.  His latest Civilization Watch post on his website is a fine piece of writing, and his full frustration at the turn of events in the Benghazi scandal is on display.

If any of this had happened under a Republican president, the Mainstream Media would be full of calls for investigation, prosecution, and impeachment.  As it is, only a few isolated media outlets (that most Americans don't watch or read) are even touching the story, like Fox News.  Read this post and decide for yourself if Mr. Card is correct in his assessment of the scandal that is the lack of a media scandal, all because they are glad to cover for this shameful excuse of a president.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Benghazi Betrayal

A friend of mine pointed me to a blog site called "The LS Voice" that I occasionally read.  The other day this blogger posted about the Benghazi attack and murders and how and why he thinks that President Obama failed to act to save their lives, then tried to downplay and cover up the facts to save his own arse.  Some of it is factual (and angering... like the fact that the 4 state department employees were under attack for 7 hours while the Obama Administration did nothing), and much of it is speculative. However, I think that this particular narrative fits very well within the facts that we know, while at the same time illustrating just how cravenly politically-minded our President really is.  Give it a read and see if you agree.

Betrayal and Death in the African Desert...

Friday, September 28, 2012

Why you shouldn't vote for Obama

If you only read one part of this informative article by Bill Bennett, the last section on "Broken Promises" is the best.  The whole thing is well worth a read, though.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

What Mitt Romney Might Have Said

If Mitt Romney really said all the things in this article from now until election day, I have no doubt that he would win.  If he really believed them, I would actually be excited to vote for him.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Americans turn on the MSM

Walter Russell Mead:

If the president were a conservative Republican rather than a liberal Democrat, I have little doubt that much of the legacy press would be focused more on what is wrong with America. There would be more negative reporting about the economy, more criticism of policy failures and many more withering comparisons between promise and performance. The contrast between a rising stock market and poor jobs performance that the press now doesn’t think of blaming on President Obama would be reported as demonstrating a systemic bias in favor of the rich and the powerful if George W. Bush were in the White House. The catastrophic decline in African-American net worth during the last four years would, if we had a Republican president, be presented in the press as illustrating the racial indifference or even the racism of the administration. As it is, it is just an unfortunate reality, not worth much publicity and telling us nothing about the intentions or competence of the people in charge.

The above is just a snippet of this great article about how the old media is waning, and how much of the reason for its decreased power to persuade the public is that it is so blatantly covering for the president and his administration.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

There Ought Not to Be a Law

John Stossel is, as usual, full of common sense and great examples in this recent column about why he is a libertarian.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Steyn on the Budget (and a touch of Paul Ryan) and Contraception

This is an old article from back in February, but it is just as relevant (and humorous) today as it was then.  As a bonus, there's a little tidbit from Paul Ryan in there, when he went toe to toe with Tax Cheat Treasury Secretary Geithner.  Read it and weep.  Literally.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

From Mitt's Mouth To Mitt's Ears (and Brain and Heart)

After reading this recent editorial written by Mitt Romney, I am filled with a greater hope for his candidacy (and prospective presidency) than I have been up to this point.  Now, if he really believes and tries to follow these principles of freedom that he professes, then I have great hopes for his success and for the future of this country.  He's absolutely right about culture and freedom, and if he can't stop the trend toward less and less freedom that we have seen in the last decade in this country, then I'll have to keep on hoping that someone on the distant horizon will finally get it AND do it.  Seems that Mitt is getting pretty good at the explaining part; let's see if he can get it done.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Understanding the Origins of the Jewish and Palestinian States

If you would like a simple, straightforward explanation about the origins of the Jewish and Palestinian conflict and the resulting states, watch this 12 minute video.  Since the beginning, Palestinians have rejected the rights of Jews to exist and live in the region, and have consistently lied and misrepresented the truth ever since in order to gain the world's sympathy.  If you know anyone who thinks that the Palestinians have gotten a raw deal, show them this video.