The King’s Speech vs. History: an exchange. Plus much more.
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I’ve received a couple of comments about my being too optimistic and I certainly take the point. I do believe that the U.S. will always find a way to nominally pay its bills even if it means monetizing our debt and destroying our currency, though I hold some hope that it won’t come to such a bad end for our nation.
I would also note that my intent with the article was not a discussion of how outrageous, ridiculous, even immoral our federal budget is. I and others have done that elsewhere and will do so again all too frequently, I assume. (Friday’s news from the CBO is just the latest fodder.) Instead my focus was on the left’s view that America’s various governments are not “broke” because America still has some rich people left. Indeed, I was trying to make a moral point almost as much as an economic one.
In the interest of keeping the attention on the outright theft which the left glibly proposes as rational economic policy, I may have come across as more optimistic about the federal budget than I actually am.
Re: Paul Chesser’s Michael Mann Goes to the Zoo:
The latest contribution by Paul Chesser was a bit humorous, and cowardly. In it, Paul included quotes from some of his “climate pals” who attacked a well-respected climate scientist (Mike Mann).
I am always struck with a bout of indigestion when someone prints quotes from their “pals” yet decides not to give the names of those “pals.” Hey Paul, do they even exist? Are your friends courageous enough to make attacks but not courageous enough to have their names attached to those attacks? Cloaking your “pals” in anonymity is embarrassing, and cowardly…. Sort of like a school-yard bully that challenges someone to a brawl but then doesn’t show up at the appointed hour.
Frankly, I expect higher standards from contributors at The American Spectator.
Oh… by the way… you can use my name. I actually
stand by my words.
— Dr. John Abraham
University of St. Thomas
School of Engineering
Re: The Prowler’s Hands Off the Obamacare Slush Fund:
Defunding Obamacare will not only be good politics, but it
will help bring down the deficit now and save our health care
system later. Republicans promised to defund this abysmal
policy and they must do it. They should link it to
legislation the Democrats desperately want and are afraid to
kill. By appearing to be squeamish the House leadership is
hurting itself in the polls which means it is hurting the
Republican brand in the run up to 2012. Defund, repeal and
— Michael Tomlinson
Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
Re: Philip Klein’s Scapegoating Mitch Daniels:
Your article on Mitch Daniels is right on the mark. I called Rush Limbaugh several weeks ago to defend Mitch Daniels because his “truce” is about priorities and realities not philosophy. Had I made it on air (held on for 1 hour and 45 minutes only to be told I would be called back the next day and wasn’t), I would have pointed out President Reagan’s switch from being a “pro-abortion” governor to being a “pro-life” President — in words only.
Mitch Daniels may be a bit too honest to run for President but, if he won, we would have an honest, true conservative who would achieve more fiscally, socially, and from a national security standpoint all while paying the bills in the mean time.
— John L. Sorg
Re: James B. Brinton’s A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century:
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?