Mid-Week Reading

8 Jul

oblahIs Barack Obama the next FDR?

Hmmmm…let’s see, the New Deal caused unemployment.  The Stimulus Package caused unemployment.  Now there’s a small Asian nation aiming bombs toward Hawaii…

Obama’s Stimulus is Proving as Disastrous as FDR’s New Deal
FrontPage Magazine via Opposing Views.
The nation could be spared much pain if our president would read the recently-released Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal by Robert Murphy. Correcting many popular misconceptions about FDR, this book explodes the myth of Roosevelt as America’s savior and shows him for who he really was – a willful man whose ill-conceived policies held the American economy in a mire of stagnation unseen before or since.
Read more.


Jeb Bush: The Future of the Republican Party
Tucker Carlson, Esquire

With no obvious candidate to lead the Republican party (and one having just stepped down), some are looking to Jeb Bush. Which is news to him.
Read more.

Sarah Agonistes
Tony Blankley, via Real Clear Politics

Well, I’m not so sure that being an incumbent is an advantage if the world seems to be going to hell and government is seen to be at least part of the cause for that journey. And though many conventional politicians might be seen as quitters if they resigned their offices, I have a very strong hunch that Sarah Palin is constitutionally incapable of being seen as a quitter. Because she is not. She constantly is taking on the biggest challenge on her horizon.
Read more.

Household Cap-and-Trade Burden Calculator
The Tax Foundation

The following calculator estimates the annual cost your household would face under a typical U.S. cap-and-trade system designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent.
How much will it cost your family?
Click here to find out.

Poll: Sarah Palin remains threat to Mitt Romney in potential GOP 2012 race
Boston Herald

Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney is locked in a statistical dead heat with Sarah Palin for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, despite the Alaska governor’s abrupt resignation last week, according to a new poll of Republican voters.
Read more.


5 Responses to “Mid-Week Reading”

  1. Kyle July 9, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    I’ll ignore the debate on the New Deal and Roosevelt because it doesn’t much matter what I think about it. But I will ask you this: If you agree that the massive government spending to fight World War II successfully brought us out of the Great Depression, why can we not have the same amount of massive government spending to end the recession (without a world war)?

  2. Michael July 9, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    I’m running late for work Kyle, but first you tell me how the spending in Iraq caused this recession and we can chat. I will answer you, but I’m traveling for work and I won’t be able to comment again until tomorrow morning…

  3. Michael July 10, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    Okay Kyle, first there can’t be a direct comparison for many reasons. But if you look at FDR and the New Deal, by the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, the WPA and the CCC had been in existence for a while. Roosevelt was throwing money at the problem, and while those groups did some good things, they didn’t fix the problems. When the war hit there was a need for equipment, for services, for food and there was a national sense of patriotism. We also didn’t finance WWII by borrowing money from China, it was financed largely by War Bonds purchased by the American people. And there were tremendous sacrifices during the war. Consumer goods were in short supply. People had money, but there was nothing to buy.

    Contrast that today when there’s plenty to buy, but people don’t have the money.

    But look at the “success” of the current stimulus. Some 150,000 jobs have been “created.” Yet we lost half a million last month. Those “new” jobs also come at a cost of about $434,000 each.

    So, unlike WWII you can hardly sell bonds to get us out this mess. We don’t have the money. We’re either borrowing it from Communist China or we’re printing money we can’t back up.

    The situations are hardly similar.

    So, again I ask you, how much government spending is too much for you? How long do we spend money we don’t have? Even the President said we’re out of money.

    How big will government have to get before you’ll ever stop and say “hmmm..maybe that’s big enough?”

  4. Kyle July 11, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    I said big enough government when the sitting President sent his incompetent lawyers to try to convince his incapacitated Attorney General to continue a policy of un-constitutional warrantless wire taps. This is the legacy of the Republican Party. Massive debt is bad but taking a match to Constitution is unforgivable.

    Our country is in the place we are today because of the Republicans. The stimulus did not cause the recession, and massive government spending and the contraction of citizen’s rights did not appear overnight in January. Only a fool would expect these problems to be solved in six months and we have been told ALL ALONG that this recession would be longer then others in recent history.

    You seem to have taken up with Rush and O’Reilly and would rather see the President fail than admit he has done anything right. While not everything Obama does and says is right, not everything is wrong either.

    Even if Obama is completely wrong on everything, who is a viable Republican alternative. They are suffering much more than the President in the polls. The GOP is in shambles and Rush is the wrong person to fill the gap in leadership.

    I voted for Bush twice, I voted for Allen when he was elected, and I have and would have again voted for John Warner. But beyond a very small handful of VA Republicans, there is not a single Republican I would trust as dog-catcher, let alone President.

    I guess the point of this rant is that in my humble opinion the Republicans screwed things up and they have not come up with any better ideas. As such I would rather give the Democrats a chance to run things. That means giving Obama the chance to enact liberal ideas (or maybe the Dems should exercise the Nuclear Option that the GOP drew up a couple years ago). If he screws up we will vote him out in 2012 it’s as simple as that.

  5. Michael July 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Well, nice changing of the subject.

    Kyle, you continually gloss over the fact that I have said repeatedly that Republicans screwed up a lot of stuff. Not to the extent you’d like to believe, but nonetheless, they did a lot wrong. I don’t konw why you have to keep throwing that up in my face, when, while there are Republcians I will support, I am not a member of the party. FWIW Eric Cantor will not get my vote again.

    That said, Bush isn’t Presdient anymore and the Democrats have controlled Congress for almost three years. Check the stats. Gas prices started going up and the economy started tanking when Harry and Nancy took over.

    And yes, a lot of stuff done after 9/11 was questionable. But we were in unknown territory. Whatever you think Dick Cheney was right that he and George Bush kept this country safe. I have no confidence that the current administration is capable of doing the same.

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