Traveling much, posting little lately . . . but had this thought, meditating on the coming Democrat Congressional Extinction Event known as the 2010 Elections:
The job of the politician elected to Congress is two-fold:
First, to resist those policy proposals that the American public express profound disagreement with, and
Second, to resist those policy proposals that the American public expresses profound agreement with, that the particular politician thinks would be a spectacularly bad idea . . .
If the American electorate lets you get away with the latter, then they get the government that they deserve. And so far, they have.
The reality is that it’s not the Republicans that are “The Party of No.” It’s the Democrats who vehemently insist on telling Americans what they cannot do, in areas of life from what kind of toilet they can put in their house, to what kind of food they eat, to how warm they can keep their houses–it is the Democratic Party that has the explicit policy of telling Americans “No, You Can’t Do It The Way You Want To.”
He came out at the hour break and talked with us for most of the time. Snookums of course dominated the conversation with talk of her years as a Lady Vol (Dave is a big Tennessee fan, too). She totally forgot to ask him about the free book she was supposed to get in return for the cut-up credit cards she’d sent him a while back. The stars were obviously in her eyes. Me, I just couldn’t get a word in edgewise. (Just kidding, honey! Mostly.)
Martha’s Place . . . try the muffins!
Martha is the mom of Dave’s radio show producer Blake, who grew up in suburban Kansas City–that was our “in” to get a quick tour of the offices, as we were wearing our Royals shirts. She gets a mention every once in a while on the show–mainly because of the bookstore she runs out in front of the very, very nice building in suburban Nashville where the Dave Ramsey Show originates. (His is the largest and most successful self-syndicated talk radio show. That’s pretty impressive . . .)
It was a lot of fun, but we obviously have to go back now to take care of the various loose ends from the last visit . . .
Got 401s? [*8] — Democrats are planning to take away your 401K retirement funds. Yes, you read that correctly. The same people who bleat loudly that the “Republicans want to privatize Social Security” want to NATIONALIZE (translation: STEAL) your hard-earned, private retirement funds. Bastards. Why anyone would vote for ANY Democrat is utterly beyond my comprehension.
Oh, yes, the Whip has been on the shelf for quite a while, hasn’t it? Well, don’t expect a lot of regular whippage, but this is the stuff that accumulated in my browser’s tabs over about the past week:
What We Believe: A Primer, Part 1. Well worth ten minutes of your time, especially if you think “teabaggers” are wacko raaaaacists: An Ethics Meltdown at the Justice Department [*1] — Harper’s Magazine. One more thing the Tea Party movement will need to clean up.
[*2] — From Richard Fernandez’ “Belmont Club,” featuring this horrifying video from the BBC:
Obama will not sign foreclosure-friendly bill [*17] — This is, I think, “even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while” sort of news . . . of course, comparing Obama at this point to blind squirrels may be an injustice to sightless rodents . . .
Casting Call: Obama’s MTV Open Town Hall [*20] — The Democrats aren’t even bothering to hide the fact that their whole act is, in fact, an act. Staged. Not real. They’re auditioning actors to play the part of “citizens” for an Obama town hall meeting. Pathetic.
Mao and Later: How Markets Benefit Well-Being[*24] — The price of collectivism, in dollars. This doesn’t take into account the lives wasted or destroyed by well-intentioned authoritarianism. Nobody starts out wanting to be a monster. It just sorta happens. Over and over and over again, throughout history. At some point, you’d think we would learn.
Atlas Shrugged, Hayek Wept [*31] — One fundamental thing that leftists don’t understand is that people on the right actually do understand people on the left, whereas people on the left are utterly mystified, bewildered, and terrified by people on the right, because they do not understand why the right believes what it does and why it behaves the way it does.
You Are Required To Buy A Musket [*32] — If one federal judge can decide that you are required to buy health insurance, why can’t another decide that you’re required to buy a gun? Or a pony?
Fed Officials Mull Inflation as a Fix [*33] — Bend Over, America. Here it comes . . . the people who are “supposed” to know what they’re doing don’t have a clue. They’re repeating ALL of the worst mistakes of the past, while telling us all thwe while that this time it will be different, because, you know, they are smarter. Yeah. Right. Bend over. It’s coming.
Progressive Feudalism [*36] — Thomas Lifeson at American Thinker. I’ve been calling the society that the Democrats and the “progressives” have been working towards a kind of feudalism for some time now. And guess who’s the lords of the manor? Here’s a hint: Not You. Guess who’s the serfs? Go look in a mirror. Bend Over, America, it’s coming.
Uh, Wee Problem Here On Grains….. [*37] — The economic illiterates in charge of this country are playing with fire. Weimar Republic-style fire. Watch commodity prices, especially food. Bend Over, America, It’s Coming.
Which Obama Will Emerge After the Storm? [*39] David Paul Kuhn at Real Clear Politics. My strong preference would be the Obama that would emerge, see his shadow and become frightened, then go back underground for two more years and leave the rest of us the hell alone. Probably won’t happen, though.
This Stock Market Rally Has Everything To Do With The Turn Against Obama [*46] — Actually, I personally think it has more to do with the Fed continuing to artificially inflate the money supply, which is paradoxically keeping prices up because it’s making the actual value of everything decline in dollar terms. That’s what inflation is. That’s why you need to watch commodity prices carefully. They’re going to go up, I think. Way, way up. I think we’re set up for double-digit inflation–at best, in the fairly near future. All of the “experts” will act like we’re in a boom, but it will just be another bubble. And when that bubble bursts, the game will be over. So will the entire world’s economy. The dark age will begin.
Cool as Ice [*48] — Robert Costa at National Review Online, writing about Joe Miller, the Alaska libertarian (small-L) Republican, trying to fight his way through the special interests and into the U.S. Senate