Volt’s charge account. Bunion care in New Zealand. Pulling grandma’s plug. End of life costs. Not mean enough. Plus more.
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It is a popular misconception that the phrase, “First, do no harm” is in the Hippocratic oath — it isn’t.
However, a much stronger, more specific phrase: “I will neither
prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to any patient
even if asked nor council any such thing…” appears in the
modern form of the oath.
I guess solemn oaths are no longer worth the breath expended to take them.
— Gretchen L. Chellson
Re: Matthew Vadum’s Money For Nothing:
Beautiful disclosure on ACORN. If it is not a candidate for a
major RICO investigation, I’ve never seen one. Where’s the
— George T. Bedway
RONALD (NOT WILSON) REAGAN
Re: G. Tracy Mehan, III.’s What Would a New Era of Republican Governance Bring?:
“Clearly the Republican party has tilted towards some form of Wilsonian interventionism and an extremely aggressive approach to spreading democracy and nation-building.” Wrong. The Republican Party has not tilted towards a Wilsonian policy, but it is holding steady to ideals and principles of Ronald Reagan — the same Ronald Reagan who deficit spent to build up the military and transcend the Soviet Union.
Speaking to the British House of Commons in 1982, Reagan boldly set forth a vision of the US using democracy to defeat tyranny, “What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term — the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.” It is this same march of freedom and democracy that offers the best answer to Islamic extremism, Chinese neo-fascism, Barack Obama, and the Democrats.
Even a Lapdog Democrat, Senator Mark Pryor, at the time of Reagan’s death understood the significance of his contribution to freedom and democracy in the world. “President Ronald Reagan … has left a legacy of leadership that will always be remembered. His commitment to freedom was instrumental in the fall of communism and spread of democracy in Eastern Europe. I pay tribute to President Reagan’s strength of character and the conviction of his beliefs.”
As for the economic downturn, it is in no small part a result of the fallout from the crackup/meltdown of the conservative movement in 2005 that reinvigorated and re-empowered the DemocRAT party. Only after DemocRATS secured majorities in both houses of Congress was the economic boom of the Bush/Republican economy thwarted. Let us not forget it took President Bush and Republicans only 8 months to turn around the Clinton recession (made worse by 9/11), because they practiced Reaganomics by cutting taxes and deficit spending (the weak link in Reagan’s armor). As Connie Hair illustrated in one of her columns and the Bureau of Labor quantifies nicely the growth of just jobs prior to DemocRATS ascendancy in 2007 was remarkable.
“Jobs created under President George W. Bush averaged 19,000 per month from January 2001 through January 2009. During the time Republicans held Congress during the Bush years, jobs grew from 132.469 million to 137.180 million. That’s an increase in 4.7 million jobs for an average of 65,000 per month for 72 months. That period includes the impact of the 2001 recession inherited from the Clinton administration as well as the 2001 terrorist attacks… Democrats took control of the House in January of 2007. Since that time, the U.S. has lost 5.488 million jobs, in 29 months. That’s an average of 189,000 jobs lost per month.”
The author is correct that Republicans must tread lightly as they foist the DemocRAT’s on their on petard. But he and we should take delight in seeing the arrogant and self-absorbed Obama and his toadies squirm and suffer. There is something rich in seeing the corrupt DemocRATS get their comeuppance.
Hopefully, when Republicans regain power they will be quick to
repudiate Obama and the Democrats’ several trillion-dollar
drunken spending spree, do what Reagan should have done by
cutting needless things like PBS, the SBA, legalaid, NASA,
foreign aid, the EPA, etc. (funds saved there can be used to
reduce the deficits in entitlements) and redo the tax system to
unleash capitalism with drastic reductions or elimination of
income, corporate and death taxes. Then we can return to the
positive element of Bush’s economic prosperity (low unemployment
and economic growth) with a more prudent eye towards spending and
deficits — thus, avoiding the “sin” of Reagan and Bush.
— Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina
FISHING FOR TROUBLE
Re: Jay D. Homnick’s Meanness-Tested Program:
I must be cruel only to be kind.
Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.
— Hamlet Act 3, scene 4
Which is less cruel: giving a man a fish for dinner or teaching him how to fish? The answer depends heavily on one’s basic beliefs. Conservatives answer that teaching the man to fish is the ethical answer. The Left hears this answer and demagogues Conservatives: the “haves” are about to let the “have nots” starve to death. What the Left cannot conceive is that while the man learns to fish, the church, synagogue, temple, mosque will voluntarily provide temporary food and housing, not because they are compelled to do so by the government but because it is the right thing to do. In the end, the man has learned to be an independent and contributing member of society. The fish he consumed is minimal compared to the fish he will contribute later. Contra wise, the Left’s history demonstrates it truly believes that giving a man a fish is the only way to be kind (or more cynically stated, stay in power). It ignores the natural entailments that other people must produce the fish, and then someone (usually a bureaucrat) has to decide what kind of fish and of what size is to be consumed. In the end, the man has eaten a meal, but he is still dependent on the government. When the man goes for wanting, the mass of people again feel sorry for the man and demand someone (usually the government) provide for this poor man. While the people’s hearts may be deeply engaged, their minds are not. Conservatism is the naturally more compassionate and efficient than Socialism. Conservatives cannot be afraid to state this loudly and clearly if they wish to defeat the growing threat of tyranny coming from the current administration and Congress.
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?