In his speech at CPAC this morning, Senator Marco Rubio worked hard to find a middle ground between neoconservatives and Rand Paul on foreign policy.
He focused on the global state of the world – bloodshed in Venezuela, China’s overreach, North Korea’s missile power, Putin’s totalitarian control – and asked Americans to remember that all of this global unrest has negative effects on the American economy:
Americans must be involved in leading the world... we cannot ignore the reality of who we are and the global importance of this nation.
He pled with younger Americans to consider what their world will look like in ten years if we do nothing.
But how will he practically influence the world without directly getting involved militarily? He didn’t quite say.
“I’m shy. I don’t like to speak my mind.”
Gov. Chris Christie’s CPAC speech this afternoon was more than just a rally for conservatives: It laid the groundwork for a future presidential run.
His speech targeted key issues that conflicting factions of the conservative movement can agree on. He touted his strong pro-life streak, called the Democratic Party “intolerant,” and demonstrated his success as a fiscal conservative in New Jersey.
"Our ideas are better than theirs," he said confidently.
Once he proved his conservatism to the CPAC audience, Christie focused on pragmatics:
We need to start talking about what we’re for….not what we’re against.
Not only are we against Obamacare…higher taxes…bigger government…more intrusion into our constitutional rights…but we’re for a free market society that allows your effort and ingenuity to determine your success, not the cold, hard hand of government to determine winners and losers, which is what this administration has been about.
CPAC starts today! We’ll be in the main ballroom from today through Saturday.
Tax season is here, and the government has a license to hunt. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are caught like wide-eyed deer in the light of their computer screens. The percentage of people who filed their taxes online using services such as H&R Block and Turbotax has increased 27 percent since 2008.
The burgeoning population of middlemen between your pocket and the government’s coffers is growing. As the tax-filing industry has increased, the length of the 101-year-old tax code itself has swelled to 73,954 pages. That’s 60 copies of The Lord of the Rings trilogy or 62 copies of Atlas Shrugged, if that’s your credo. The IRS instructions explaining the tax code drone on for 90 pages.
Asserting that Truth is knowable is punishable by guillotine in contemporary philosophy. Last week, Gary Gutting interviewed philosopher Louise Antony on the possibility of God’s existence. It’s safe to say that the heads of both philosophers will be spared.
The interview led to the fundamental question of what it means to know something in a genuine sense of the word:
[L.A.:] I don’t think that when two people take opposing stands on any issue that one of them has to be irrational or ignorant.
G.G.: No, they may both be rational.
I can’t agree with either Antony or Gutting. If two people have properly functioning rational faculties, and if they arrive at contradicting conclusions, then at least one reasoned poorly, dare I say wrongly? Of course, that assumes the decapitating position that truth is not subjective.
Antony tosses my objection into the “abstract” world:
Has Hillary Clinton gone hawk? She has reportedly likened Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula to those of Hitler in Czecholslovakia and Romania in the late 1930s.
The former Secretary of State made these comments last night in California while speaking at a private benefit for The Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach. According to the Long Beach Telegram, Hillary, who was commenting on the Russian population of Crimea, said, “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s. All the Germans that were ... the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”