March 11, 2009
What? No Gulfstream Vs?
Imagine is a Republican -- oh never mind:
Pelosi, who clashed with the military to get nonstop service when she flies home to California with police protection on government planes, revealed a particular fondness for Gulfstream's sleek G-5 - a plane glamorized in Hollywood films and rap videos.
March 4, 2009
Quote of the Day
When you are dealing with kids, who are our future, how can you consider it pork or unreasonable spending? -- Tony Pearsall, former police captain and city councilman in Vallejo,, CA, whose nonprofit group would get one of those earmarks.You can't waste money on children? I think I might be able to find some emprical dispositives.
February 9, 2009
Specter for Spendulus
I am supporting the economic stimulus package for one simple reason: The country cannot afford not to take action.
In related news, the Washington Post graphs how immediate the stimulus really is.
Answer: 10% gets spent this year... in the year we cannot afford to delay (tm).
January 12, 2009
Not with a bang but a whimper
This is how you lose liberty. If an FBI agent looks at a terrorist's library records or Larry Flint has to pay additional postage for child pornography over 12 ounces, there will be PBS specials and cover stories in the weeklies. And I'm fine with that, of course. If we want to establish an absolutist, zero-tolerance appreciation for our liberties, you can sign me up.
What chaps my hide is that these brave defenders are nowhere to be found when our First Amendment rights to political speech are threatened by McCain-Feingold, Second Amendment rights completely stripped by gun legislation, or our sacred Fifth Amendment right to contract is decimated by a do-gooder Congress. The WSJ Ed Page has an important piece today discussing "cramdowns" or allowing bankruptcy judges to change the terms of mortgage contracts. On one hand, this is a very bad idea:
[Sixteen House Democrats who opposed a similar bill] realized that the consequences would fall hardest on those hoping to buy a home, if markets logically respond by setting mortgage interest rates closer to those on, for example, auto loans or credit cards. A bankruptcy judge is now free to reduce amounts owed on many types of consumer debt. For mortgages, the iron-clad requirement to pay off the loan or lose the house is precisely to encourage lower rates on a less risky investment.
Defending the right to contract has a bad history because it was an effective legal defense of slavery and its use in Lochner v. New York preventing labor ordinances. But we didn't stop using airplanes because of 9/11. It is not only a fundamental right, it is also the foundation of our innovation and prosperity.
The incoming class will happily shred (I'm auditioning for a Kos slot) this right for cheap political gain. Not many people will pay attention. But, pretty soon, when you have to be a "Friend of Angelo" to get a loan, we will find that a key instrument that allowed us to live a free life (cf. Martini in "It's a Wonderful Life") is gone.
January 6, 2009
Don Luskin offers a dark look at the incoming 111th Congress on its first day from his D.C. Friend "Mick Danger:"
The legal authority for the Nevadan to say no? Burris suffers from a contagious disease well-known to every grade school child.
It doesn't get much nicer when he looks at the House side. But I don't want to spoil it.
I'm a little more hope-infused than Luskin or his correspondent. But the seating of Senator-elect Franken is deeply disturbing. Minnesota is known for clean elections and fair play. I was a lot less surprised when Christine Gregoire stole the Washington Gubernatorial race (the first time -- incumbency took care of her the second) but expected better things from the guys with the lakes who talk funny.
October 27, 2008
No Longer an "Alleged" Crook
I don't think I ever gave Senator Ted Stevens (R - Leavenworth) the Constitutional courtesy of calling him "an alleged crook" but I won't have to feel bad about it anymore. He is the real, convicted deal:
WASHINGTON – Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that tainted the 40-year Senate career of Alaska's political patriarch.
Classy the way he steeped down so that his party could try and keep his seat. Oh wait, he didn't.
October 6, 2008
With every senator, representative and both major tickets racing to blame everyone but themselves for our societal problems (see the video of Bill O'Reilly and Barney Frank below), this column by Charley Reese is a great reminder as to who is actually to blame. Originally published in the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper, here are a few snippets:
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
The publication date of this column is unknown, but given the references to Tip O'Neill, Ronald Reagan and Lebanon, it has to be from the mid-80s. That makes it a classic, as true today as it was 25 or so year ago. And it will still be true 25 years from now.
August 27, 2008
A Republican I will Not Support
The ThreeSources pragmatist will be cheering for one Republican to lose his Senate Seat.
I was sure he would lose his primary contest (I'm starting to wonder about Santa and the Easter Bunny as well...)
August 13, 2008
Energy Freedom Day
Sign the petition created by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) calling on Congress to let the drilling bans expire on October 1, 2008.
The related blog page can be accessed here.
Hat Tip: Human Events via Wayne at jeremiahfilms.com
July 2, 2008
Reaching Out to Libertarians
My illustrious Congressman is running for the U.S. Senate. Mark Udall has been a Democratic backbencher and a reliable D vote with a safe seat in CO-2 (Boulder and environs) since 1998. He's "movin' on up" by running for Wayne Allard's seat and one has to think everything is in the Scion's favor in 2008.
I am intrigued because I have seen extensive advertising on the Reason Magazine website and today he has a web ad with video on the (gasp!) WSJ editorial page. I wonder if his GOP opponent, Bob Schaffer, will make as much effort to reach out.
Safe to say Udall will have buckets of money. Colorado remains an inexpensive media market which a George Soros or Rob Reiner can saturate with change from the couch cushions. He can afford to go after these voters. I also question whether he will change any polity, or if it is all marketing. His website trumpets his bipartisanship:
Mark is known for his willingness to elevate the policy debate above partisan politics in order to find workable solutions to difficult political issues. Most recently, he worked across party lines to pass legislation to reduce wildfire risk and bark-beetle infestation in Colorado, and to pass legislation to protect the natural beauty of the Roan Plateau while still allowing some access to the area's mineral wealth.
Yeah, bucking the pro-bark-beetle lobby is a profile in courage! That's change we can believe in.
May 23, 2008
Lying to Win
"I'll tell you my impression. We really in this last election, when I say we...the Democrats, I think pushed it as far as we can to the end of the fleet, didn't say it, but we implied it. That if we won the Congressional elections, we could stop the war. Now anybody was a good student of Government would know that wasn't true. But you know, the temptation to want to win back the Congress, we sort of stretched the facts...and people ate it up."
Democrats lying about the war for electoral gain? You're kidding!
Read the whole post, and watch the video.
Posted by AlexC at 12:04 PM
April 1, 2008
Our Democratic Congress decided to say "no thanks" to an anti-pork measure.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a former member of the pork-dispensing Appropriations Committee, strongly opposed the moratorium, as did all but a handful of Democrats.
Can we at least pretend they're not trying to bribe us for their jobs?
Or is that too much to ask?
February 4, 2008
Doctor Mankiw and Professor Hyde
Gregory Mankiw has some good weekend posts and a superb article in the NYTimes. The good professor is 50 and realizes "My welfare now falls within the mission statement of AARP."
My birthday wish is for all of us to stop asking what the government can do for us today. Instead, we should focus on what we can do together to prepare the economy for our children and grandchildren. That means getting ready to care more for ourselves in old age, perhaps by retiring later, perhaps by saving more. I hope that when I celebrate my 100th birthday in 2058, my descendants won’t look upon Grandpa and his generation as the biggest economic problem of their time.
It's well worth a read in full. Happy Birthday.
Sadly, the dark side of Mankiw rears its ugly head in the previous post, "Welcome to the Club, Jay." Jay is Astronaut-Physician Jay Buckey, who is running for the US Senate in New Hampshire in 2008. Jay wants to levy a tax on Oil and emailed Mankiw asking to be in his damned "Pigou Club."
The professor's heart swoons. If you want to tax oil, you've got the Mankiw Vote! (He can sneak across the border and vote in Nashua.) It doesn't seem to matter what else you believe -- as long as you believe the government has a duty to change our behavior through capricious taxation. I look at Buckey's Web Site, and I fear for the party and the Republic. The party, because this Democrat has a compelling biography, the pretty political, photogenic family, the works -- anybody running against this guy will look like Nixon after a four day bender.
And fear for the Republic because his ideas are conventional, Democratic Party boilerplate. He opposed the Iraq war from the beginning, though he served in the Air Force (thank you, Jay); global trade is swell and all "But the risks involved in global trade (outsourcing, closed businesses, wage competition) are hitting our middle class hard and the benefits are not reaching everyone;" "Despite the enormous wealth of our nation and the highest quality healthcare available anywhere, many of our citizens are not receiving any care and many more are not receiving good care."
These are not my ideas -- nor are they Mankiw's but wait! He wants a National Security Levy on Oil. <ericcartman voice>He's the most awesomest candidate ever!</ericcartman voice> And he has a declaration of energy independence:
Over the course of the last century, we have lost the freedom to choose our energy supply. Today we depend critically on petroleum. This dependency means we are no longer free to make choices. Instead we have no choice but to do whatever is necessary to maintain the flow of oil. If we don’t, our economy will suffer greatly.
Does he believe for one minute that a Senator Bucky, mellifluous as the name sounds, would contribute one thing to his birthday wish? I do not.
Posted by John Kranz at 12:04 PM
February 1, 2008
Our Friend Arlen
So what's Senator Specter up to lately?
Well, John McCain is busy and all, what with running for President, so Senator Specter has stepped in ably to be Senator Kennedy's best friend.
So they're probably not about to sign a lease together, but U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter and Ted Kennedy are getting along swimmingly these days, notes William Fisher, a former reporter who spent more than 30 years managing economic development programs for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development.
(emphasis added above -ed)
Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment. (tm)
Oh! ... and he wants to investigate the NFL.
For cocking up the "evidence" of the Patriots stealing the Jets' defensive signals.
"That requires an explanation," Specter said. "The NFL has a very preferred status in our country with their antitrust exemption. The American people are entitled to be sure about the integrity of the game. It's analogous to the CIA destruction of tapes. Or any time you have records destroyed."
This obligates ExtremeMortman to write...
OK, we gotta throw the yellow flag on that one. 15 yard penalty. Unsportsmanlike conduct of an analogy. Specter compares the Patriots spying compared to the CIA destruction of tapes? What’s next for the great conspiracy mind: a single bullet killed John F. Kennedy? Thank goodness the Zapruder film wasn’t shot by a professional athelete.
Posted by AlexC at 5:11 PM