Shades of 1984. Fraud? What fraud? “Change” for everything good. Plus More.
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PICKING OUR BATTLES
Re: Mike Roush’s letter (under “A Healthy Fear”) in Reader Mail’s Far From the Tree:
Aw shucks. Mr. Roush obviously got a hold of one of our supersonic decoded rings and now knows the evil designs lurking in our deep, black hearts. Of course we think Democrats are socialists — and not the good kind either. Of course we think a lot of government programs are just socialisms that do not march under their own flag. How is it that these “programs” that supposedly are adequate answers to an assortment of needs always without fail increase the power and size of the state? How is it the “holier-than-thou” set hyperventilates when the government looks at what books and magazines you read but are perfectly placid with a state that knows the intimate details of your finances? What business is it for the government to know how much you make and what you do with it? It seems to me that the left’s concern for liberty is rather selective and unbalanced.
Yes the general public thinks Social Security is a good thing. The right can propose other alternatives; but the truth is no one will listen. Social Security is just an issue we cannot win — for now. Social Security is also a government sponsored Ponzi scheme. For now, Congress uses Social Security as just another revenue stream to use for all sorts of things beyond paying its promised benefits. But the day of reckoning is coming near. Social
Security’s surplus will dry up and its benefits will have to come out of general revenues. There will be fewer “contributors to support each Social Security recipient. (Remember those baby-boomer embracing their retirement years). The young simply will not stand for so much of their income being drained from them so Biff and Kathy can cruise across the country in their RV. But, of course, this is just a rightwing fantasy issuing from their black hearts. Isn’t it, Mr. Roush?
No matter what type of government or economic system we may have, there will always be unfortunate people who for whatever reason cannot cope or function under the demands life makes on them. These we must help and care for. It is our “Christian duty”. But just let us be clear on what we are doing. It is charity which a free and self-governing people choose to bear. And the vast majority have no need for such charity.
Yes, there is much socialism embedded into the American way of
life. It is the right’s mission to propose and advocate
alternatives. We have to win the assent of the American
people to go a better way. Step by step, we must convince
them of the superior virtue of liberty. The right will
always have its advances and retreats. We are not hiding
anything from anyone. Like any intelligent person, we pick and
choose our battles
— Mike Dooley
Mr. Roush writes, “The far right hates the government programs
that the vast majority of Americans view as part of our social
safety net. To the right these programs are nothing more
than socialism and their agenda is to abolish them. The problem
for the right is too many Americans support these
Mr. Roush is correct that Conservatives and Libertarians are fully against most government programs. The nature of the opposition is not that the government provides so called”safety nets” but that the programs are not constitutionally justified. Mostly they are socialism (i.e., the redistribution of income). That the government provides poorly woven safety nets is further reason to oppose these government programs. Lastly, while personalized Social Security plans would currently be of less value than they were a year ago, the fact remains if the money that was stolen from workers pay (i.e., Social Security payments) was instead invested in stocks, the people who receive Social Security stipends would be hundreds of thousands dollars better off today.
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
CALL IT BOTH WAYS
Re: Peter Ferrara’s Voter Fraud:
Voter fraud is a hot story now, but… remember all the pump-priming stories about the faulty computerized voting systems that filled the mainstream media in 2006? Before the election, plenty, but afterwards, silence. The Democrats won. Why ruin a good thing?
Should McCain win, the voter fraud issue will live
on. Should Obama win, it dies.
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
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?