"It turns out there really is growing inequality in America. It's the 45% premium in pay and benefits that government workers receive over the poor saps who create wealth in the private economy."
Friday, March 26, 2010
"Obama’s strategy is exactly the opposite: Expand the beast, and then feed it. Spend first — which then forces taxation. Now that, with the institution of universal health care, we are becoming the full entitlement state, the beast will have to be fed."
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
A Pretense Masquerading as Virtue:
"The ticktock of what transpired during the final 72 hours before the vote will keep political science majors -- and psychologists -- happily lost in research for years. Meanwhile, whatever Americans feel about the health care bill and its relative merits, they should disabuse themselves of any idea that this was an honest play."
The New Republic:
"Whatever arrangements about Jerusalem are eventually made in a peace agreement, and I no longer expect to see one in my lifetime, Jerusalem will remain both the capital of Israel and a demographically mottled city. It makes no sense to show contempt for the people with whom you are destined to live. It is not only cruel, it is stupid. So the dispossession of the El Ghawis is a disgrace. And a Jewish disgrace, because it was Simon the Just, the legendary leader buried in an ancient cave not far from the El Ghawis’ house, who famously taught that one of the things which supports the world in existence is the practice of kindness."
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
"...the only reason Sweden can be Sweden and Germany Germany and France France is that America is America. Who will cushion America’s decline as America cushioned Europe’s?"
"Obviously, Obama is not a student of history.
With most public polls showing healthcare legislation a little more popular than a Northern Iowa rally down Jayhawk Boulevard at the University of Kansas, Congressional Democrats jammed the universal Obamacare legislation down the throats of the American people yesterday. The People’s House became a House of Horrors as the people were universally ignored Sunday night."
Monday, March 22, 2010
Has Germany just killed the dream of a European superstate?:
"EU leaders may yet rustle up a rescue package that keeps the IMF at bay, but alliances are shifting fast. Even Italy has slipped into the pro-IMF camp, knowing that rescue costs can be shifted on to the US, Japan, Britain, Russia, China, and the Saudis, lessening the burden for Rome."
It’s NOT a Health Bill, NOT a Medicare Tax and It Can’t Possibly Cost Only $940 Billion:
"If we treated farmers, food companies and grocery stores the way Congress threatens to treat the health industries would anybody expect food to become better or cheaper?"
But At What Cost?:
"It's being hailed as a major legislative achievement, and in size and scope, it certainly is. But for those of us who do not take comfort in legislation of great size and scope, it's an achievement of dubious merit.
But it's not just the size and scope. It's also that this bill is unlikely to achieve most of the objectives that have been set out for it."
The New Ledger:
"I’ve always felt that America is the one place where a small number of oligarchs can’t control society, because of the powerful buffer created by popular sovereignty. Government can’t act arbitrarily as long as they feel constrained to act as the people wish. Tonight, a totally different governing philosophy, and one new to Americans, had its first major success: “We’ll give you what WE want, not what YOU want.”"
"Together, in the chilling dawn of the wake-up call that is the bankrupting powergrab sham that is ObamaCare and the sliming of integrity with which it has been pressed, with the abandonment of allies and the kowtowing to foes, the heavy prices will fall most upon them along with the rest of us.
“Damn Dems” will be the next greatest generation’s battle cry. A cross-generational battle cry."
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The AIPAC Crowd:
"An elderly couple from Florida were agitated by recent events. The wife explained she that had fled Nazi Germany as a child for Shanghai. “There are parallels,” she said. “This is depressing. It’s scary.” She said that she had argued with her liberal friends during the campaign about Obama’s associations with anti-Israel figures. “My mother always said where there is smoke, there is fire,” she explained, then added wearily, “They didn’t listen.” She bemoaned the fact that Jews’ political activities are fragmented on issues like global warming. “There are plenty of people to do that,” she said. “Where are they on Israel?”
That’s just a sampling, but it gives you a sense of the angst. This is not a crowd that is celebrating. They are worried. Very worried."
The End of Hope and Change:
"Obama’s speeches are what a speechwriter I knew liked to call “cotton candy communication”-sticky sweet and airy, made for children, comforting to the listener as they hear, but melting away, instantly forgettable. Plus, ingest too much of it and you get sick as a dog."