Health care for clunkers. Global normalcy. Insurance devils, and much more.
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James Antle is dead wrong on the Republican recovery. There is no real difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. In fact, the Republicans could accurately be characterized as “Democrat lite.” They have repeatedly betrayed and sold out their base, and continue to do so. I recently read that Charlie Christ is the leading contender for the Republican nomination in 2012. Please tell me what the major differences are between Charlie Christ and Al Gore or Barack Obama.
No, Mr. Antle, I and many of my friends and family will not be voting for any Republican candidates. We will be voting third party as we did in the last election. By the way, I hope you understand that the selection of John McCain as the Republican candidate was the last straw. And I would like to point out that “amnesty John” did not lose the election because he did not get enough of the Hispanic or Black vote. He lost the election because large numbers of white voters either stayed home because they felt they had no dog in that fight, or voted for a third party candidate like I and my family members.
Gerald Celente is right in his prediction of the rise of a third
party. There are massive numbers of white middle and working
class voters who feel they have been disenfranchised and have no
representation in our present government. We have no La Raza,
MALDEF or NAACP. And we certainly have no one in the Washington
political class that represents us. Our political elites on both
sides of the aisle are too busy lining their pockets with money
given to them by the lobbyists of various special interests,
including foreign governments.
— Paul Martell
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING
Re: Ben Stein’s The Oil Shortage Hoax:
I wish Ben Stein had commented on regulating the financial
products that threw oil prices into a cocked hat. As it is now,
this debacle will almost certainly happen again, when, as usual,
no one is looking. Monday-morning quarterbacking is only valuable
if it produces change. Otherwise, it’s the definition of
— Allan Rabinowitz
Will Ben Stein get up on his hind legs and proclaim that the
“free market” that brought us this phony oil shortage (as Enron,
Dynergy, et al. did to the California electricity market some
years ago) is anything but free and needs adult supervision in
the form of government regulations and watchdogs?
While I typically agree with Mr. Stein, I wanted to point out the
story to him, just so he has the latest from the CFTC.
— Zoran Naskov
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
After reading about the above, also the health care issue, I
can’t understand why the American public has not had a march on
Washington. I would go there if that occurred. I would like to
see Obama out of office. Any possibility of impeachment based on
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s Sanity From the Indian Subcontinent:
As a resident of Australia and as an economist who has worked for
the Australian Government on environmental issues for nearly 20
years now, allow me to say that the cyclones referred to by Al
Gore are not getting more and more violent — they seem to be
about normal, certainly nothing that comes close to the
catastrophes that Gore infers. There has been a serious drought
in Australia, but against that there have not been serious floods
— both of these events have enough significance in the nation’s
history and geography that they are mentioned in the National
Anthem, written well before Al Gore was even born. The prime
determinant of the drought appears to be the El Nino event in the
Pacific Ocean currents, but whether that is caused by greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere is very debatable. Suffice to say that I
have seen references to the impact of El Nino on weather
conditions that were written well before anybody even dreamed of
global warming. The references to sea level rises are, like most
of the “science” quoted by Al Gore, utterly without any
foundation other that his overactive imagination. As for the bush
fires, that is what happens when you have a large, drought
affected continent. There were serious fires here early in the
year, in the middle of a very hot summer, but before leaping to
conclusions about that, it is best to remember that the major
failures that have come to light so far were that the fires were
often deliberately lit and the government response to them was
poor and confusing and mislead many people into staying when they
might otherwise have left for safety. Ignoring these points and
screeching hysterically about global warming being the death of
all of us is simply ridiculous and has little connection to what
is happening in the real world.
— Christopher Holland
THE REAL ENEMY
Re: Ben Stein’s We’ve Figured Him Out:
Nobody is willing to look at who or what is pushing this health care bill. Obama and so many more, including Ted Kennedy, are all speaking for the insurance companies.
If this bill passes and becomes law, the insurance companies will increase their customer base by about 100 percent — what business wouldn’t like that? Insurance companies support politicians like Ted Kennedy and Obama and so many others — if anyone does not believe this, they are choosing to be ignorant.
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?