The zero tax rate is a winner. Gates has friends who believe him. Ben Stein vs. Clement Attlee. Plus more.
Re: Peter Ferrara’s A Laffer Curve Breakthrough:
If just to rock their world — a conservative or
Republican-leaning person from academia should present the
benefits of everyone earning a wage paying some taxes on a
federal level to the public. No one should ever be getting a net
return. Do it in the name of equality. Really point out the
disparity of distribution. Get this in the tabloids and news
programs for all to see. Lay out all the welfare programs and how
they could begin to be means tested with some new targets, etc.
The hard truth is, those potentially most affected by the phantom
proposition won’t even be paying attention unless a negative
result occurs for them, so the audience would be all who are
minimally engaged or that have some capability of understanding.
While it may not be politically possible to actually execute
these changes, the concepts can be clearly explained why
modifying the current tax laws make sense and in process educate
many more as to why the conservative way is better.
— Bruce Love
USING HIS OUTDOOR VOICE
Re: Andrew Cline’s Gates Lied:
Indeed he did.
— Dean Crist
Gates’ actions are not just indicative of a “hopelessly erroneous political theory.”
They also represent a dangerous social and intellectual reality, nurtured and actively expanded and exploited by ideologues such as the professor, Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan and others.
Evelyn B. Higginbotham—the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and chair of the African and African American Studies (AAAS) department at Harvard. She weighed in with her support for Gates, in a letter published Thursday, July 23, by the Harvard Crimson.
She wrote, in part, of how “outraged” she and, she trusted, her colleagues at AAAS were and that they believed Gates’ account, supporting him fully.
She also declared the insidiousness of “racial presumption” by “offending” whites who are, she said, clueless about their purported insults.
Higginbotham, while then suggesting that she and her colleagues—and, presumably, all of us—would never know Crowley’s “full emotional state,” asserted that she and AAAS knew Gates and were in Gates’ “corner.”
One wonders: Do she and Gates have the intellectual honesty and personal courage to come out of their “corner,” turn on the light, look into the mirror of their lives and see the sinister nature of their intentional insult and deliberate judgments that are reverse-racist acts?
One also wonders: Have she and Gates apologized to Officer
Crowley? If not, will they?
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia
The United States is now a country where people can stand up and
say, “I voted for Barack Obama BECAUSE he’s black.” I suppose
Henry Louis Gates and company think that’s progress…
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s Is Lindsey Graham Crackers?:
I would like this to be an open letter to all of the good citizens of South Carolina.
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?