Ben Stein. Lindsey Graham. The Luxury of 1st World Global Warming, and more.
Re: Quin Hillyer’s The Right Mantra Against Obamacare:
It’s so sad when Mr. Hillyer gets the issue so deadly right.
Here’s my letter to A. Barry Rand, CEO of AARP, sent today:
Dear Mr. Rand:
I joined AARP for one reason - believing that AARP was the only organization of strength that was protecting us elderly and retired persons, I felt it my duty to make a contribution, even if it was just my membership fee.
Now I learn that, faced with the most concentrated and potentially hurtful attack on the elderly and retired — the so-called Healthcare Plan, which will cause us more harm than anything done in my lifetime — you have come out in favor of it!
I cannot understand why you do not see that we elderly and retired persons will pay most of the price for this unprecedented power grab — not just in increased medical and insurance costs, but, more important, in reduced or denied medical and surgical treatment when we will need it most and have paid for it all of our lives and, in no way a joke, in euthanasia if we hang on too long after they have cut off our treatment or the pain killers don’t work any more.
I am now ashamed and sorry to have been a member of AARP and ask that my name and email address be removed from every database in AARP’s possession or control.
Make me as dead to AARP as AARP is now dead to me.
— A. C. Santore
LEVEL WITH US
Re: Ben Stein’s The Oil Shortage Hoax:
I agree completely with Mr. Stein, and I always felt certain from
the outset that the run up in oil prices was never about an oil
shortage but was always about oil speculators making money for
themselves (and let’s be honest, also for their investors, one of
which could even be you, me, or even Mr. Stein). But where I
depart from his point of view is in pushing forward for oil
independence regardless. Just think, if we have totally
decentralized our energy from oil to the “renewables” (wind,
solar, etc) then we can never again be held hostage by either the
oil cartels or the oil speculators! While, just like with the
Iraq war I think it would have been better for the mission as a
whole to have had transparency and honesty for our motivations
going into Iraq (democratization of the middle east), I also
think we’d be better off as a nation if our current
administration would level with the public as to why they are
pushing alternative energy sources.
— Gail Weiss
It’s about time that someone had the courage to comment on the
King’s New Clothes myth.
—Mark W. Hauver
LEFT WING GLOBAL WHINING
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s Sanity From the Indian Subcontinent:
The piece by Mr. Tyrrell on India and China rejecting the
“wisdom” of Clinton, Gore and the Green Machine on carbon and
global warming reminds us so much of the left-wing professorial
attitudes toward the “oppressed” in the USA. When their hand is
bitten by some of the recalcitrant oppressed they are trying to
“feed,” they abandon compassion and reasonableness and revert to
their core beliefs, which they falsely ascribe to their
ideological opponents. These are hatred, contempt and ridicule.
Well, maybe we do ridicule a bit.
IN BUREAUCRATS WE TRUST?
Re: Brandon Crocker’s Defending Freedom in the Age of Obama:
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?