Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Republican Capitalism

Great post by Gus Van Horn on the penchant of all political parties to hide whatever they are trying to put over by calling it something else:
Free Market Rhetoric, Indeed!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Gangster government

I'm sure that I would disagree with Michele Bachman about abortion - I'm pro-choice - and the role of religion in government - I don't think it should have any - but I do share her concern over what she calls "the politicization of the allocation of economic rewards" in this column by George Will in today's The Oklahoman:
Some of her supposed excesses are, however, not merely defensible, they are admirable. For example, her June 9 statement on the House floor in which she spoke of "gangster government” has been viewed on the Internet about 2 million times. She noted that, during the federal takeover of General Motors, a Democratic senator and one of her Democratic House colleagues each successfully intervened with GM to save a constituent’s dealership from forced closure. One of her constituents, whose dealership had been in the family for 90 years, told her that the $15 million dealership had been rendered worthless overnight and, Bachmann said, "GM is demanding that she hand over her customer list,” probably to give it to surviving GM dealerships that once were competitors.
Bachman calls such actions "gangster government". I think that's an accurate description of what a government does when it oversteps its legitimate bounds and undertakes to do more than protect individual rights.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Coming Obama Alliance With Religious Conservatives

Dan Gilgoff reports that a Senate subcommittee is having a hearing on "faith-based perspectives on immigration reform".

As if the title of his piece isn't startling enough.

Oh dear. This one has me going just a little bit ballistic right at the moment:
Dear Senators,

Put a stop to this immediately! 'Faith-based perspectives' on anything are NONE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S DAMN BUSINESS!

Your constituent,

Rob Abiera
Maybe I should wait until I can think of something a tad less emotional.