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News & Views, 12/8/04


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CONSERVATIVES LOSE...AGAIN

Folks, you need to keep one thing painfully in mind for the next two years: Republicans won the election on November 2, not conservatives. There is a Republican majority in Congress, not a conservative majority.

That’s why Republican Arlen Specter will be chairing the Judiciary Committee next year rather than a conservative senator. And that’s why provisions cracking down on illegal immigration were stripped from the Intelligence reform bill yesterday before the measure was passed by a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Get used to these kinds of disappointments. They won’t be the last.

- Chuck Muth, Editor

WHAT’S A FEW BILLION AMONG FRIENDS?

“Illegal immigration costs the taxpayers of California - which has the highest number of illegal aliens nationwide - $10.5 billion a year for education, health care and incarceration, according to a study released yesterday. A key finding of the report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said the state's already struggling kindergarten-through-12th-grade education system spends $7.7 billion a year on children of illegal aliens, who constitute 15 percent of the student body.”

- Washington Times, 12/7/04

SURVEY SAYS!

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· No
· Haven’t got a clue

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GOIN’ POSTAL

“For the first time, Americans' use of credit cards, debit cards and other electronic bill paying has eclipsed paper checks,” reported the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Hmmm. If that’s true, then that means there is FAR less mail to be handled these days. And if there’s FAR less mail being handled, that should mean we need FAR fewer postal employees. And if we have FAR fewer postal employees, that means the cost of running the post office should go down.

So tell me again why the post office is going to ask for a double-digit rate hike in the cost of stamps next year?

- Chuck Muth, Editor

PAPERS, PLEASE

“National ID cards are not proper in a free society. This is America, not Soviet Russia. The federal government should never be allowed to demand papers from American citizens, and it certainly has no constitutional authority to do so."

- Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, objecting to a provision in the Intel reform bill establishing a national ID system, complete with internal checkpoints

THE FREE MARKET IN ACTION

“An Iraqi businessman was negotiating several months ago to sell a prime piece of commercial real estate in central Baghdad. He had tentatively agreed on a price with a Kuwaiti investor, who planned someday to build an electronics superstore on the 9,850-square-foot property. But after President Bush was reelected in November, the Iraqi jacked up the price 25 percent. The prospect that a reelected Bush administration would stay and fight -- and ultimately stabilize Iraq -- had instantly made his property more valuable.”

- Washington Post columnist David Ignatius

HIGH-TECH LYNCHING FOR UPPITY BLACK - THE SEQUEL

“Tom Daschle may be gone, but his method isn't forgotten. At least not by his successor as Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, who got his tenure off to a rousing start on Sunday by calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an ‘embarrassment,’ who writes ‘poorly’ besides.

“We doubt this was a slip of the tongue. By attacking Mr. Thomas personally and suggesting he's not too bright, Mr. Reid was signaling to President Bush that if he promotes Mr. Thomas to Chief Justice the fight will be mean and bloody and not limited to Constitutional issues. Democrats will try to destroy the Justice personally, much as they did the first time around…”

- Wall Street Journal, 12/7/04

GETTING REAL

“After watching the umpteenth TV report on the national media's new favorite politician, Barack Obama, I figure it is time for someone to say the obvious: Let's get realistic about the new senator's near-term political future. . . . (F)orgive me for being just a bit tired of the fawning. The coverage of him simply has been over the top. He's been on magazine covers and virtually every TV talk show. Heck, he's probably received more face time than Wolf Blitzer. I've even heard his name floated as a potential Democratic presidential nominee in 2008. C'mon, let's get real."

- Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg

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GEE, THANKS FOR THE IDEA

“Oh, this is great: Tommy Thompson announced Friday that he's leaving his post as secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Associated Press reports he made this comment: ‘For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do.’ Uh, maybe it's because until Friday, NO ONE HAD SUGGESTED IT TO THEM?”

- James Taranto’s Best of the Web, 12/6/04

DRIVING UNCLE SAM TO THE POOR HOUSE

“We’re now spending $572 billion a year on Medicare and Medicaid. These programs are critically important to millions of Americans. But they’re also driving our country into bankruptcy. . . . So our country has a choice. We can either radically restructure Medicare and Medicaid to limit their growth, or we can go the way of Argentina, Brazil and other fiscal malfeasants.”

- Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Chairman of Boston University’s Economics Department, Forbes, 12/13/04

SOCIAL INSECURITY FOR KIDS

“Young people, by and large, just can't seem to get worked up about matters political. That's too bad, because they might be interested in knowing that one of America's largest and most effective lobbying organizations has just declared war on them. The AARP has now decided that it's going to fight any effort by President Bush to privatize, even partially, that debacle known as Social Security. . . . Sadly, these young Americans who are getting so royally screwed by Social Security and the AARP are far more concerned with sports, pop culture and who they're going to 'hook up" with this weekend.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

THE McCAIN PAIN

“If John McCain had his way the federal government would control every phase of our lives from our political system to our sports. Which is why, Republican or not, I wouldn’t vote for him for president if he were the only person running. McCain, who inflicted the notorious McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform measure on the nation, thus bringing about the rise of the 527 political organizations, now wants to control organized baseball. He is threatening to introduce legislation that would ban the use of muscle-building, performance-enhancing steroids.

“Somebody should introduce legislation banning McCain.

“Now, I don’t approve of athletes using steroids. I think it is cheating. I think it warps the record book. I think it is wrong. But I approve even less of government, including the Congress, butting in where it doesn’t belong. And it sure as heck doesn’t have any business regulating how baseball is played, by whom it is played and under what conditions it is played, and what legal substances a player can ingest. The steroid problem is baseball’s problem, it is not the problem of the federal government.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s Musings, 12/7/04

STUPIDITY VIRUS STRIKES LOUISIANA

“In Jefferson Parish, La., 8-year-old Kelli Billingsley ‘brought homemade Jell-O cups to school at Boudreaux Elementary,’ reports WGNO-TV in New Orleans. ‘The girl's mom says her daughter was just trying to make a treat for her friends,’ but ‘the school suspended the girl for having a look alike drug,’ despite having tested the Jell-O and finding no trace of alcohol or any other forbidden substance. Things sure have changed since we were young. At our elementary school they had a drinking fountain that dispensed a liquid that looked just like vodka!”

- James Taranto’s Best of the Web, 12/7/04


JUST SAY NO TO (LEGAL) DRUGS?

“Let the Un-Drugging of America begin. The pharmaceutical industry, despite a golden age of biology that has unraveled mysteries of the genetic code and yielded miracle drugs that save thousands of lives, may be on the brink of a backlash. Millions of us are popping prescription pills for innocuous ills, when simple lifestyle changes - harped on by physicians for decades - are more effective and a lot cheaper…

“Epidemiological studies have found that bad living - smoking, drinking too much alcohol, feasting on cheeseburgers - is responsible for 80% of one’s risk of heart disease and almost all the risk of diabetes. Cleaning up your act would do more to reduce that risk than popping a plethora of new pills.”

- Forbes, 11/29/04

NO INJURY, NO FOUL

“Nobody's right to life, liberty or property is threatened when someone hires a prostitute. Prostitution has always been with us, and prostitution will always be with us. It has been and will be a fact of life so long as humans roam the Earth. Time to legalize.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.”

- Thomas Jefferson

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Chuck Muth
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E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how the kids will feel about Social Security when all the baby-
boomer come on board and demand benefits and the payroll taxes to support the great Ponzi scheme rocket up to fifty-percent of income or more?

Perhaps then the kids will realize that they were royally screwed out of a
quality education and duped into the pursuit of an epicurian lifestyle.

R. A. Morgan, Edgewater, Florida

December 8, 2004 at 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: AARP & Privatizing Social Security

I'll give Neal Boortz the real reason why young people like me (under 30) aren't motivated to this particular political fight. We just assume the system is screwed no matter what happens. Most everyone my age who I have talked to is saving or intends to start saving independent of Social Security. If Social Security outlives the baby boomers, then it'll be nice to have. In the mean time, we'll assume all our mandatory investment into the system will be lost.

December 8, 2004 at 3:31 PM  

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