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Thus, the lifestyle of the haves is enriched at the expense of the have-nots through resource-transfer programs with virtuous names: “livable environment” (curtailed homebuilding), “affordable housing” (the highly-regressive mortgage interest deduction), “quality public schools” (publicly financed charter schools for the elite), “quality broadcasting” (burger flippers’ tax dollars used to produce Masterpiece Theater), “affordable healthcare” (where the haves “pay” for their healthcare with after-tax dollars, and the middle class does not).
Last Sunday, before the Oscar Ceremonies, Hollywood celebrated the fourth year of “Red Carpet, Green Cars” where Toyota Motors provided hybrids to a gaggle of arriving VIPs, including Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Aniston, and George Clooney. This pomposity is an extension of behavior that Michel Medved has written about regarding other pathologies: celebrities promoting lifestyles onto the rest of us where they alone through wealth and fame are insulated from any derivative negative outcome.
Nonetheless, the peasants ogled the cars, cheered the actors and blew kisses. Shortly thereafter, these same common citizens returned to their beat-up Oldsmobiles and Camrys, ascended the onramp, and prayed.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?