Midweek thudbits Feb 29 2012

LIFE

 Geithner and the ‘Privilege’ of Being American  “The Founders argued that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness preceded government – not things to be granted by it.”

Last week Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said that the “most fortunate Americans” should pay more in taxes for the “privilege of being an American.” One can debate different ways of balancing the budget. But Mr. Geithner’s argument highlights an unfortunate and very destructive instinct that seems to permeate the Obama administration about the respective roles of citizens and their government. His position has three problems: one philosophical, one empirical, and one logical. [bold italics are mine.]

This point is the essence of what November’s election is about: government on top of the people or government of and by the people.  I don’t believe that a majority of the non-income tax payers would vote for the former.

 ELECTIONS

Gov. Walker, R-WI, polling to win recall election in May-Rasmussen.  Won’t it be sweet to see tens of millions of union money down the rathole in a union loss.  That would really please the members, who object to use of dues for political purposes.

Romney and Santorum represent Two Different White Americas.  Barone ties the 2 candidates to Murray’s new book, The State of White America, 1960-2010.  My interpretation of Barone is Romney looks to today and tomorrow and Santorum looks at yesterday.  One is a winning and one is a losing philosophy.  Kind of like the majority of population in the movie, Pleasantville. Acknowledgement, this writer spent his K-12 years in the real Pleasantville, NY and I don’t recall any significant similarity between the 2.

POLITICS

Obama’s propaganda machine

 

 

 

 

Some ‘Splainin’ to do in Chicago.  It’s déjà vu all over again, with new manifiestations of the sleazebag Tony Rezko handing $400,000 over to an obscure former IL State Senator, named Barack H. Obama.  Just way too many coincidences (there are no such things in such bunches, as grapes) to be remotely credible.  Back in ’97, when I was following the case, it seemed so close to having those two ending up as roomies in Joliet.  One does and the other ends up in the White House.  Somehow, just doesn’t seem fair.

KEYSTONE

Clinton: “Embrace” it.

Trans Canada to start Cushing, OK to TX coast leg immediately.

Obama: Supports southern leg, without any remotely legitimate reason to deny it.

ENERGY

Obama loses his first debate, on energy, to Newt.  It is a devastating defeat.  Obama is not only flattened, but figuratively pulseless.  I strongly recommend the entire deconstruction of both Newts and Obama’s countervailing energy speeches.  The content of Newt’s must be a lead item of the GOP platform.

CRONY CAPITALISM

The Other GM Bailoutthe $18 Billion tax gift Obama didn’t mention at the UAW tent revival meeting Tuesday.  You’re surprised that Obama omitted a tiny detail like that?  You’re right, with such a stellar record of truth (see cartoon, above.)

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BA Wesleyan Univ, MBA Univ of Chicago, USAF officer. Commercial real estate: leasing, asset management, consulting, development. Active in civic/ charitable activity. Boards of social service agencies, Urban Renewal Agency. Developer of not-for-private senior housing. 10 years consultant to local Charter School.
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