Since the rise of the Tea Party movement in 2009, which was a direct reaction to President Obama’s massive expansion of the federal government, the Left has fought back with a fury, mostly by hurling insults like “fascists,” “radicals,” “Nazis,” “arsonists,” “terrorists,” “anarchists,” and the favored “extremists.” This is nothing more than a misguided attempt to discredit us with smear tactics.
But why? If we true conservatives are really nothing but a tiny fringe movement, as they claim, why all the fuss? Because we are a vital threat to their very livelihood – a livelihood that depends on a government that rewards the elites and punishes the rest of us. Should we galvanize our movement to full control of the Republican Party, our candidates will emerge victorious, and their cash cow government is finished, and they know it.
So instead of taking the word of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama on what our movement is really all about, let us tell them! Continue reading
Serious political talk centered last week on the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that warned of an oncoming “fiscal cliff” if the Bush tax cuts expire and previously agreed to spending cuts are implemented in January. The CBO estimates that if those two things occur, then the economy could plunge into another recession. Unemployment would hit 9 percent and the economy would shrink by 0.5 percent.
Frankly, I see no fiscal cliff in the CBO’s report if the spending reductions are enacted or even if the tax cuts expired. A rise in unemployment from 8.3 percent to 9.0 percent and an economic slowdown of less than one percent is in no way an economic crisis. The good news is the deficit would be cut nearly in half.
But the CBO analysis is flawed, given its findings, for it is the continued accumulation of massive deficits and debt that will drag us over the cliff. Our economic history does not show that cutting spending during hard times will cause a recession. It didn’t happen for Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, or Warren Harding. Continue reading
This column was published in the Laurel Leader Call (Laurel, MS) on Tuesday, June 12, 2012:
As a young grade-schooler in the 1980s, I was fond of watching The Three Stooges show before departing for another eventful day of fun-filled learning at my local government school. I hated getting up that early, and still do, but at least a little slapstick comedy while eating breakfast would lessen the pain.
I remember one episode fondly. Moe, Larry, and Curly embarked on a duck-hunting trip on a nearby lake. While sitting in the boat awaiting the ducks, Curly, earnestly trying to get his gun to fire, accidentally shot a hole in the bottom of the boat. As water gushed in and pandemonium ensued, Larry devised a quick solution: He shot another hole in his end of the boat to let the water run out!
Now we all know how monumentally stupid such a move would be, but our Obama-led government has been doing exactly the same thing in fighting our current economic recession for the last three years, using a Three Stooges approach. A severe economic downturn caused by too much spending, too much debt, too much borrowing, and too much inflation is being fought with more spending, more debt, more borrowing, and more inflation, with no end in sight. Continue reading