I didn't know Ronald Reagan was the standard bearer in 1976, and when I voted for him in 1980 I wasn't at all sure he was on the right path. However in 1994 I knew Newt was the standard bearer and I was dead sure he was on the right path. The GOP strayed from its 1994 principles, and the 1994 electorate seems to have strayed into favoring more nanny-state government. I think the question is, does the GOP want to appeal to the current flavor-of-the-day electorate, or do they want to begin a long slog to lead the electorate back to embracing fair and limited government principles resembling the Contract with America?Comment Posted By Mark30339 On 16.02.2009 @ 15:47
Excellent post. Glad to see you back with such vigor.Comment Posted By Mark30339 On 13.02.2009 @ 09:52
I agree with everything you say, but I doubt the bill will be reported as a failure (even if it clearly becomes one) and I doubt this media will hold Barry accountable. As I recall, FDR kept blaming the courts for the lingering depression and got away with it. I am also relieved that a real stimulus is already in the economy, namely the halving of fuel costs; unfortunately it may create all the recovery that Barry needs, and will cement pork as stimulus for woeful generations to come.Comment Posted By Mark30339 On 9.02.2009 @ 10:13
Rick. The piece is well written, and is certainly worthwhile contemplation, but how can I resist your admission to being self-absorbed? I don't think your blog advocates socialism but it suggests that conservatives "got no game" in comparison to the pandering nanny state being offered to the electorate. I say give it some more time, we haven't finished the bait half of the left's bait and switch. Now, I confess that on occasion I may have my head up my backside, but I can't do the other thing you suggest.Comment Posted By Mark30339 On 6.02.2009 @ 14:44
OK, so the Berlin Wall drops, the USSR collapses, and all this means that Socialism wins out and the small government conservatives become a shrinking, self-deluded cult of unrealistic nostalgia?
Today's excellent American Thinker article by Randall Hoven quotes Adam Smith: "Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things." The notion of limited government may be out of fashion, but reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated.
Keep up the self-absorption. You've got 47.5 more months of bolshevik enlightenment to sponge up. It's probably too soon to settle in on a philosophical re-alignment. Clinton's adage "It's the economy stupid" will be making a stunning comeback.
Adam Smith lived 300 years ago. And if you think I'm advocating socialism, GFYS.
ed.Comment Posted By Mark30339 On 6.02.2009 @ 13:41
Gingrich's failure is proof that honest, sensible, and accountable government is not possible if there is not an honest, sensible and accountable press reporting on it. That leaves us with government by obstruction and confinement. Impose term limits on seats, chairmanships, party leader and the speaker's gavel. Implement the line item veto. Require a 2/3 vote of both houses to increase the debt limit or to impose any tax in excess of 33% of net income. Penalize every budget deficit with a 33% cut in pay for the President, the Congress and their staff, but pay a bonus to same for every budget surplus. Limit the sessions of Congress to be 6 months per year. Switch to 2 year budgets. Empower citizens to sue under the takings clause for unfunded mandates. And just like the federal courts limit the pages and fonts in a lawyer brief, set a maximum page limit on each bill to be considered and require sponsors to fully and fairly summarize the contents so proposed laws can be read and understood by constituents and possibly even by journalists.Comment Posted By Mark30339 On 2.02.2009 @ 18:54
I don't mind the ads on blogs, and I click on them from time to time -- all readers should click on one every day as a courtesy to the host. I commend PJM for bringing a network of blogs together and I hardly think it is far right (Rick's too moderate for me and they chose him, after all). What media needs is a competitor to Associated Press and I'd like to see the PJM morph into an Associated Blogger Press.Comment Posted By mark30339 On 1.02.2009 @ 10:31
Rick's take on events is an important click for me, but I am scanning, not usually savoring. PJTV is an attempt at appointment television on demand by way of Fox News Channel meets HBO. But they don't get it, I use Hotair and the internet as my Cliffsnotes cheatsheet shortcut on the news. The last think I want to do is get bogged down on their full length video library. If there's a video clip I need to see, I trust hotair to post a clip, and even then I just do a quick read of the text and move on.
But how is RWNH to prosper? Do you do the cheesy store like Hugh has at Hughhewitt.com? A monthly reminder for the tip jar? Blog ads? Auction off a dinner with Rick? No, I am NOT going to suggest calendar, the mind's eye just can't go there. But Rick is America's best curmudgeon blogger, maybe that niche can be exploited.
If I send a copy of this post in a Christmas gift selection of hilarious satire, am I out of the running for a seat at the RNC?Comment Posted By mark30339 On 1.02.2009 @ 09:55
The quest for earth-like planets poses interesting philosophical questions. First, if we find some, should we seed them with collections of earth life in a Star Trek "Genesis" project? After all, Earth may become inhospitable one day.Comment Posted By Mark30339 On 26.01.2009 @ 10:18
Second, are we prepared to acknowledge that intelligent life is a unique miracle bestowed upon, and entrusted to, us? I wonder if the search for life elsewhere is really an attempt to evade this responsibility. The universe is a pretty big place, it's not likely that the searching or the evading will end anytime soon.
Enjoyed the read. Agree on Cadillac. Wondering when Gitmo guests will be walking our streets. Planning entry in next inaugral poem contest. Or not.Comment Posted By mark30339 On 22.01.2009 @ 21:09