This is a great victory but Republicans have to realize it for what it is- a vote against Obama, not a vote for an anti-abortion, anti gay marriage, pro war platform.Comment Posted By Gregdn On 20.01.2010 @ 14:17
Great Tribute. I love their music.Comment Posted By gregdn On 17.09.2009 @ 12:59
Good post Rick. Boot is actually being consistent as he sees a military solution for almost any problem. So do Andrew McCarthy and Caroline Glick.Comment Posted By gregdn On 5.08.2009 @ 13:20
Thank you for the rational assessment of Reagan. I always likened him to a great card player- when he had a strong hand as he did with our economy vis a vis the Soviet Union, he doubled down. In Lebanon 1983 though,he realized that he only held a pair of twos and quietly folded.Comment Posted By gregdn On 13.07.2009 @ 13:23
To me it's ironic that we've let high paying manufacturing jobs go overseas while ruthlessly protecting an industry that provides only low paying jobs (to everyone except the farm owner).Comment Posted By gregdn On 8.07.2009 @ 13:33
I think Gingrich and others are dead wrong about the meaning of the recent vote in my State of California. These same voters just last November voted for a multibillion dollar down payment on a high speed rail system that we clearly couldn't afford. George Will wrote a really good article about it in which he pointed out that the electorate here is at least as responsible for our financial mess as the Governor and Legislators.Comment Posted By gregdn On 22.05.2009 @ 14:36
That said, I generally agree with Gingrich and wish he didn't have all that negative baggage.
Very thoughtful post Rick. Torture does more damage to our nation than any terrorist attacks could because they sap our moral fiber.Comment Posted By gregdn On 18.04.2009 @ 08:52
Good call by Obama not to press the issue too.
It's unfortunate that 'just let the business cycle follow its normal course' is not an acceptable answer to the American people.Comment Posted By gregdn On 9.02.2009 @ 14:17
Great article, in which you ask the right question: can Conservatives get elected by promising to shrink governement.Comment Posted By gregdn On 7.02.2009 @ 16:09
I'd like to see Conservatives focus not on shrinking the government so much as making it more efficient. This can be done by asking which of the 3 levels handles the particular problem best.
Pollution is a good example. Bad air and water doesn't respect local or state boundaries so I would argue that Federal agencies would best handle the job. This would allow us to eliminate state and local pollution agencies and regulations that sometimes duplicate or overlap Federal regulations. The savings to state & local governments would be tremendous.
Education, on the other hand is a job that is best handled by state or local agencies. Conservatives could fight to eliminate the Federal role in education (maybe in return for shoring up financing for local schools).
There are many more opportunities in our society to reduce government at all three levels without compromising services that we all have come to expect.
Pushing an agenda like this would also stop Conservatism from being seen as an 'anti' movement.
You've written much about how attacking Iran would be a bad idea. Wouldn't this merely formalize such thinking? And wouldn't any such 'guarantee' be contingent on Iran not doing something stupid?
You are right about my position. I have even written that guaranteeing Iranian soveriegnty is a good idea - if they stop enriching uranium in the bargain. He is essentially giving away our best chips before the negotiation game even starts.
ed.Comment Posted By gregdn On 29.01.2009 @ 15:48