Views on the News
Views on the News:
We are witnessing a new hysterical style, in which the Baby Boomer
“me generation” that now runs America jettisons knowledge of the past and daily
proclaims that each new development requires both a radical solution and
another bogeyman to blame for being mean or unfair to them. For that, the
politicians need lots of hype, and that is being generously supplied by the
media. Amid all the political and media
hysteria, national output has declined by less than one-half of one percent. In fact, it may not have declined even that
much, or at all, when the statistics are revised later, as they very often are.
We are not talking about the Great
Depression, when output dropped by one-third and unemployment soared to 25%.
our current panic is psychological, and hyped by instantaneous electronic
communications and second-by-second 24-hour news blasts. For people on the left, all professions are a
means to an end, not ends in themselves. That end is the social transformation of
society, meaning the promoting of “social justice” as the left understands that
term. For most liberal news reporters,
therefore, the purpose of news reporting is not to report news as objectively
as possible, but reporting to promote social justice and the social
transformation of society. For most
liberal judges, the primary purpose of being a judge is to promote social
justice and transform society, to promote social justice. For most university professors, and many high
school teachers, outside of the natural sciences and math, the same holds true,
to produce young people who will wish to engage in society, transforming work
for social justice. For most liberals in
the arts there is no denial of their having an agenda, stating quite candidly
that the purpose of the arts is to challenge the (conservative) status quo, to
raise political and social consciousness by advancing a “progressive” political
and social agenda. Even the natural
sciences are increasingly subject to being rendered a means to a “progressive”
end, recommending “solutions,” if adopted, will serve the goal of undermining
corporate capitalism. Even before inauguration, the “Drive-by” Media has
already begun their liberal spin by blaming everything on Bush or 'circumstances beyond Obama's
control' while writing articles about how heroically Obama
handles them… extending the myth! The
giddy liberal Mainstream Media has already resorted to hyperbole and
exaggeration to label each new”
elements within American society endeavor to bring about revolutionary change
with an ideology and methodology built on Critical Theory and Gramscian cultural Marxism. Critical Theory goes beyond traditional social analysis and
seeks social transformation or revolution to foster conditions favorable to
Marxism that will bring about the downfall of capitalism. Critical Theory is an anti-capitalist theory
advocating destruction of free market democratic values, social and political
structures and policies to further human emancipation. It is an outright rejection of western
civilization and an endorsement of a Marxist, utopian society. The components of this
progressive-socialist-Marxist attempt to take over the West include: 1)
destruction of a free press, 2) educational revisionism, 3) infiltration of
government and political systems, 4) destruction of the military and
intelligence services, 5) development of an anti-globalist,
anti-war philosophy, and 6) creation of a one world government. As part of its silent cultural revolution in
America, the radical Left has successfully allied with the print and broadcast
media and Hollywood to aid in the assault on traditional values and help spread
propaganda and disinformation. Schools
and universities have become politically correct tools of the Left, teaching
"social justice" rather than encouraging the development of critical
thinking skills though the analysis of diverse points of view. Students are schooled in the "correct
thoughts" and historical revisionism reigns supreme. In recent years, the "Shadow Party,"
a nationwide network of unions, non-profits groups and think tanks that
subscribe to leftist ideology and receive funding from billionaire George Soros, has infiltrated the Democratic Party. Their goal is to take control of
Treasury Secretary Paulson went before Congress and said that if he
wasn’t immediately empowered with his plan to buy $700 billion worth of
troubled assets we would all be held responsible for the cataclysmic
consequences of not “doing something.” As you read this, our government is committing
enormous sums of money above and beyond normal spending, solely to stimulate
the economy and prop up failing companies and markets. These additional sums are huge by any
reasonable measure, with estimates as high as $3 trillion in an economy with a
GDP of about $15 trillion. Here’s the
bottom line: Instead of making things better, increased spending will only
drive our economy further into the ground.
The original justification for granting unprecedented authority to the
Treasury Secretary was to prevent a financial meltdown that could drag us into
a Depression-like scenario. What began as a poison housing market is now multi-faceted
economic turmoil with deleterious effects in virtually all economic sectors, but
the global credit crisis and its resultant ills were not caused by the bad
housing market alone. The idea of
regulating systemically significant financial institutions is based on the
fundamental misperception that regulation can prevent them from taking the huge
risks their protected status would permit, but this New Deal notion should be
financial crisis is also the direct result of ill-conceived, hastily-crafted
legislation, slow and ineffective use of "emergency funding" and a
crisis of confidence over the lack of leadership in
In promising to intervene in the economy in ways not seen since the
‘70s, Obama is implicitly promising to take us back
to a decade in which stocks were flat in nominal terms, and well down in real
terms due to dollar debasement. A politician is a person who says one thing, does the
opposite, and fails to acknowledge the contradiction. A leader is a person who does the right
thing, no matter the consequences. Every
president must decide, on balance, which he will be. It is great politics to bail out the
automakers, but just don’t mistake it for leadership. A Zogby poll of Obama voters confirmed what many of us had suspected for
months - that millions of Americans who supported the Obama
candidacy knew essentially nothing about him - but that doesn’t dismiss the
fact that Obama sold people on the idea of “change.” However now the left-wing reaction to all the
Republicans must excite, energize and mobilize their base, while reuniting old coalitions and forming new ones. Republicans must provide bold and innovative leadership to recapture that sense of optimism and opportunity. Rasmussen found that 59% of voters still agree with Ronald Reagan's assessment that, more often than not, government is the problem, not the solution. Another survey, taken immediately after the election, found that 63% believe that tax cuts are the best economic stimulus, compared to just 20% who want more government spending. A Club for Growth survey targeted 12 congressional districts that voted for President Bush in 2004 but overwhelmingly elected Democrats in 2008. That survey found:
81% of voters
said "Republicans used to be the party of economic growth, fiscal
discipline, and limited government, but in recent years, too many Republicans
· By a margin of 66% to 23%, those surveyed preferred a candidate who would cut federal spending over one who would increase spending to "bring home the bacon" to his district.
· 73% said the best economic policy is giving everyone the opportunity to create wealth through their own efforts rather than using the tax code to "spread the wealth."
· 71% said government should not guarantee mortgages to help people avoid foreclosure.
· 66% want the death tax to die in two years, as scheduled; just 20% want to see it resurrected.
· 61% said the highest tax rate anyone should pay is 35% or less; only 18% supported higher rates.
positions are overwhelmingly supported by Republicans of all varieties, but
somehow our leaders in
Top 10 Things President Bush Should Do Before Leaving Office:
Regime change in
o Assistance to countries around the world combating home-grown terrorists.
o Comprehensive detention, interrogation, surveillance, and other counterterrorism policies.
· Use recess appointment to fill every single open position in the federal courts.
· Rescind executive orders concerning the Antiquities Act designations of lands by the government.
· Lift a Reagan-era restriction requiring visitors to federal parks to unload weapons while in these parks.
· Continue to push the Outer Continental Shelf planning process so that newly opened OCS acreage can be leased for future oil drilling.
Issue the final leasing regulations for oil
shale leasing in the
· Repeal Clinton Executive Order 13166, which requires all recipients of federal funds to function in multiple languages upon demand, helping to make English the official language.
Tom Delay and others prosecuted in the
· Fix the Clinton-created loophole that is used to let illegal aliens continue to receive benefits, unreported.
· Deny all federal funds to those cities, that either officially or unofficially, providing sanctuaries enabling illegal aliens who commit crimes to escape deportation.
If you are sick and tired of government and politics as usual, read my web site with its individual issue analysis and recommendations at: http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com Remember this site is updated every Saturday. Individual issue updates this week include:
This Week’s Best Articles:
“You want change? Try these ideas” by Norma White dated
“Take It Back” by Jim Imhofe
“Not Everything Can Be Too Big to Fail”
by Peter J. Wallison dated
“Is Obama Embarking
on Bill Clinton’s Third Term?” by
“Our party failed, our principles didn’t”
by Mark Hillman dated
“Obama Scores A’s in Politics, Flunks Leader Test”
by Kevin Hassett dated
“Paulson’s True Successor” by John Berlau dated
“Bridge Loans to Nowhere” by Jayme Evans dated
“Our Lost Checks and Balances” by Bruce
“’Jolting’ the Economy” by Thomas Sowell
“Why Reporters, and Judges and Professors are
Biased” by Dennis Prager dated
“Top 10 Things
President Bush Should Do Before Leaving Office” dated
“This is Obama’s
Market, Good and Bad” by John Tamny dated
“Why the proposed $700 billion stimulus plan could drive the country to
economic ruin” by Arthur Laffer dated
“GOP Strength Rests in Its Core Beliefs”
by Ken Blackwell dated
“Barack Obama and the
FDR-Great Depression Myth” by Michael Fumento
“Obama-Crazed Media having Hallucinations” by
Brent Bozell dated
“The Teflon President-Elect” by Larry
Hysterical Style” by Victor Davis Hanson dated
“Five Hard Truths for RINOs”
by John Hawkins dated
, The Global New Left, and Radical Islam” by Janet Levy dated Russia November 28, 2008
published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/shadow_world_resurgent_russia.html
Covering Up and Kill the CRA” dated
November 28, 2008published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=312766781716725 .
Spending is Out of Control” by Dennis Byrne dated
November 29, 2008published by Real Clear Politics at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/11/bailout_spending_is_out_of_con.html .
- “Before He
Goes” by William Kristol dated
December 8, 2008published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/876qyutv.asp?pg=1 .