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    A Nascent Study in Government Spending, Job Creation and “Growing the Economy”

    I live in the high desert northeast of Los Angeles, an area known as the Antelope Valley. We have several small towns and two principal cities, Palmdale and Lancaster. Our major industry is defense and aircraft; Edwards AFB stretches from Mojave (about 35 miles to the north) to the near north end of Palmdale. If you remember “The Right Stuff” you know something of our | Read More »

    Let us not take the t-shirt bait

    Mr Obama has freed up his inner brat with the circulation of the “Made in the USA” (no, it doesn’t say “Born in the USA”) t-shirt complete with a copy of the “birth certificate” on the back. The lapdog media says he is just having fun, but that’s not it. Obama faces a foundering economy and hawks a Middle East policy that will lead to | Read More »

    Here’s How I Think It Played

    At the risk of sounding like some kind of conspiracy nut, given the killing of Bin Laden, all that has happened around the killing and all that has been said about what has happened, I think it’s worth a stab at trying to connect the dots, acknowledging all the while that this is not a matter of some grand plan from the beginning but the | Read More »

    What’s With Walker and Wisconsin?

    OK, I’m officially confused by what Walker and the Republicans are (and are not) doing in Wisconsin. It doesn’t square with the battle that they launched, and seems to suggest a deal in the works. Gov Walker pushed the budget repair bill through in a late-night session called on barely two hours’ notice. At the time I didn’t see any real reason to do it | Read More »

    The world burns, Obama fiddles

    This last weekend, while Qadaffi was crushing the rebels in Libya and Japan was enduring an unimaginable catastrophe, Obama did two things. On Saturday, he played golf. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/just-warm-enough-for-golf-obama-back-on-the-course.html And then he finally got his chance to speak at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association spring dinner at the DC Gridiron Club, and channeled Henny Youngman. Club. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2011/03/obama_gets_laughs_at_first_gri.html. The full transcript of Obama’s routine can be found here http://escapetyranny.com/2011/03/13/transcript-of-obamas-funny-speech-last-night-at-the-gridiron-club/. | Read More »

    Egypt and “fundamental rights” — Obama sinks to the occasion

    From the time of our founding there has always been a disconnect between what we as a nation understand fundamental freedoms of speech, press, assembly and religion to be and how other nations and governments see them. In today’s world that disconnect presents in sharp relief in what the Obama administration has to say about the situation in Egypt. In his speech of January 28, | Read More »

    Talking about talking about Sarah Palin

    Dana Milbank, a columnist in the WaPo, writes that he is proclaiming February a “Palin-free” month, meaning he intends not to talk about her for 28 days. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/20/AR2011012004349.html?nav=hcmodule. That’s fine, but I have to wonder: why wait until February? My grandmother always said “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today”, so Dana: shut up now! Of course, if he were to do that | Read More »

    Obama to campaign on our nickel

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110121/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_economy;_ylt=AmsPrmhkLZKyvcpm4MQfHqEA_b4F;_ylu=X3oDMTJqZWZmcnFpBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMTIxL3VzX29iYW1hX2Vjb25vbXkEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDb2JhbWFzZWVrc3Rv The article describes an upcoming trip by Obama to address the economy. The article states: “It’s the first of many treks during the second half of his term that Obama is expected to take to put a more hopeful countenance on the economy.” So let me get this straight. Optimism about the economy is pivotal to Obama’s 2012 campaign. The economy is presently in bad shape. | Read More »

    Omnibus spending bill: a cynical game all around

    Watching this whole “process” over the last ten days it has become clear to me that both sides of the aisle have been engaging in a cynical game. Apparently some kind of spending bill was needed before the end of the year because otherwise the federal government would be out of money. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention, but I don’t recall this being brought front | Read More »

    Balancing the budget on the backs of the poor?

    I am a conservator for a 66-year-old woman who has been disabled for 20 years following a burst cerebral aneurysm. She spends her life in a board-and-care facility that keeps her there notwithstanding the fact that all of her reserves have been spent and they receive only what SSI pays her, which is about $400 less than what they would ordinarily charge. Here’s the problem: | Read More »