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COMMON SENSE, NOT COMPREHENSIVE
Re: David Hogberg’s Up From Amnesty:

Leave it to a guy from Iowa to come up with a common sense solution to the problem. I, too, grew up in Iowa and I believe it is something in the water — except that wouldn’t explain Senator Harkin, would it?

Mr. Hogberg has the right idea except I think the border enforcement should go on for at least five years before we start a guest worker program. Our bureaucrats can fake it for two years. It would be much more difficult to fabricate numbers and fences for five years.

During that five years, we can start enforcing the employer sanctions on those who hire illegals. With employer sanctions in place fewer illegals would be able to get jobs and would start disappearing back into their own country. When that happens, then start a guest worker program.

Just some thoughts from a former Iowan…
Judy Beumler
Louisville, Kentucky

The words that David Hogberg would put in President Bush’s mouth on the matter of illegal immigration are not the words that I would put in President Bush’s mouth. So here goes:

“Every time an American gives a merchant a MasterCard or Visa or Amex, the merchant performs an immediate and instantaneous electronic check on the validity of the card. This simple, inexpensive and painless process has been in place for decades. It is now time for American employers to have an analogous capability to validate the social security number of an employment applicant. By Presidential directive, I hereby create a program, administered by the Treasury Department, that enables employers to call in their employer ID number and the employment applicant’s name, address and social security number. That information is instantly validated. If validation fails, because the social security number does not exist, or is not registered to the named individual, or the named individual does not reside at the address provided, or the social security number has been used more than once for employment validation in a specified time period, that social security number is blocked and the employment applicant is refused employment.

“The Treasury Department will begin intensive audits of companies known to have disregarded existing laws prohibiting the employment of individuals who are neither citizens nor have work visas. Companies found to have demonstrated such disregard will be fined to a sufficient extent to make it too expensive to continue to disregard the law. It is my hope that those same companies will then offer the same employment to citizens or individuals with work visas.”

As a practical matter, shortly after the above becomes effective policy, the twelve million will emigrate back to their native lands, solving America’s illegal immigration problem, and solving the problem of family unification, since the unification will be re-established upon re-entry of the illegal immigrants to their native lands.

A fence would become superfluous, except to bribe the construction trades to support the above policy.

The end.
Frank Natoli
Newton, New Jersey

In your article; “Up From Amnesty” the only thing I don’t agree with is the guest worker part. It’s not that I’m against guest workers, it’s that we have many guest worker programs already and that is the problem for those who demand guest worker programs — they really want cheap labor so they don’t have to pay a living wage. They don’t want all the hassle that comes with the current guest worker provisions as they cost money, yes money! You see we blue collars SEE our jobs taken, and we are not fooled, that “Guest Worker” really means “Displacement Workers”!!!

I won’t vote for anyone who advocates displacing Americans from their Job’s. The only way I would ever consider this, would be when we have no Americans getting unemployment or any government assistance and we don’t have enough workers after that, then we could, but only under much supervision and proof that there is no citizen to fill the position, consider another additional guest worker program or just expand the ones in place.
Jon Healy

OH YES, that is the message I want to hear, not the one Bush has been using, give America to Mexico. We have already fought this battle once, REMEMBER THE ALAMO, and finally won. Now they want that land back and our Government wants to give it to them.
Elaine Kyle

NO PAPER TIGERS
Re: Michael Fumento’s Afghanistan: The Winnable War:

Michael Fumento, in his report “Afghanistan: The Winnable War” (June 8), mentions six NATO members willing to conduct combat operations in the country: the U.S., U.K, Canada, the Netherlands, Romania and Denmark. In fact Polish and Danish troops also have a combat mission. Still far too little from most members of the Alliance; but let’s give credit where it’s due. Australia, not a NATO member, also has significant numbers of fighting special forces in Afghanistan and has recently announced it will be doubling its overall troop strength to around 1,000.
Mark Collins
Ottawa, Ontario

Michael Fumemto is one of the literal handful of people that, when they say it about the war against the Islamic Jihad, I believe it. These few have proven time and time again that they speak only with a straight tongue. If I had the power, I would empanel a committee of these few, and the two Michaels at the head (Fumento and Yon), and give them free reign to do what they believe necessary to conduct our response to the worldwide Islamic Jihad against Christianity and Judaism. My only rule would be that they do not change their current methods of operation as far as collecting their data on which to form their opinions.

We need to listen a lot more to Fumento and Yon and our true warriors, and a whole lot less to our politicians and political generals/admirals.
Ken Shreve
New Hampshire

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are both winnable if one listens to the troops fighting the wars. Unfortunately, a sizable number of Americans (including many self-described “conservatives”) prefer to swallow Democrat and their media stooge’s propaganda that the wars are lost. Thus effectively snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. It is easy to see why Osama bin Laden declared America a “paper tiger” that would ultimately submit to Islam when one listens to terrorist appeasers like Harry Reid, Imam Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Pat Buchanan.
Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina

TAKES THE CAKE
Re: Shawn Macomber’s Pie in the Sky:

Shawn Macomber’s hilarious glimpse into the Edwards campaign is right up there with the film clip of John Edwards wresting the comb from the make-up person to give his hair that un-planned tousled look.

If John doesn’t make it to the White House he has a natural talent as a hairdresser. Observe the flexible wrist as he flipped that comb. Mind you, I said flexible. I didn’t say limp. Don’t want to make John uncomfortable.

More and more, as this campaign careens along, an apt title seems to be “Ship of Fools”.
Diane Smith
South San Francisco, California

I watched the video. I am now dumber for having watched it. I will never doubt Shawn Macomber again.
Andrew J. Macfadyen, M.D.
Omaha, Nebraska

THE GOVERNMENT WE DESERVE
Re: Lawrence Henry’s Moderation:

Three questions to Lawrence Henry:

If it is true that “the American people are a whole lot smarter and more committed to real political virtue than our representatives are”, why do these same American people send the same representatives back to state houses and Washington?

Do you consider 50% voting participation virtuous?

Do you consider the liberal, Democrat, leftist, socialist Americans to be politically virtuous (good, righteous, worthy, honorable, moral, honest)?
Diamon Sforza
Bartlett, Illinois

Mr. Henry writes a nice little feel good article here, seemingly dedicated to the intelligence of the American citizen. He writes, “Unfortunately, the American people are a whole lot smarter and more committed to real political virtue than our representatives are.”

Now if the American people are, indeed, a whole lot smarter, etc. then the political class, then how come the American people keep reelecting the same unsmart and uncommitted to political virtue politicians to public office? If a clear majority of the “American people” truly wanted workable, albeit unmoderate, solutions, we would elect such politicians and get such solutions. We get only the government that a majority of the actual voting citizens wish to have.

I would submit that a rather large plurality of the “American people” simply do not want to be bothered by such things as government and economics and logic and history and problems needing solutions. They simply want someone else to take care of all that, and let them go about their hedonistic, narcissistic way. After all, American Idol or some other “reality” show is on TV to watch.

And of course their attention span is informed by the TV clock. All problems must be solved in no more than one hour with time out for commercials. That is why no war against any real foe can work anymore. I would also suggest that we are more lucky than we deserve to still be able to find dedicated, serious, young citizens to man our amazingly great military.

Every once in a while, something boils to the surface that so enrages the populace that they awaken from their slumber and force the governing elite to take notice and pay heed. 9/11 was one such something. The immigration mess would seem to be another such something. Americans, it would seem, simply are not going to stand for the illegal alien amnesty that the hoi polloi are determined to shove down our throats.

I would suggest that the path to true problem solving in our society starts with the disbarrment of a minimum of 25% of all lawyers in our country. It should then continue with the firing of 50% of all law professors and the closing of 50% of all law schools. Next a maximum age limit of, oh say 60, should be enforced for the practice of law. This provision could sunset in 50 years. Finally our entire civil legal system must be converted to a “loser pays” system.

Enactment of my idea would then allow a whole plethora of non-lawyers to get together and solve the rest of our problems with a good deal less interference and disruptive hate and discontent from the “I know what is best for you” nags and nannies at the ACLU and other such distructive groups, and a good deal more common sense and sense of what solutions are actually workable.
Ken Shreve
New Hampshire, formerly of the Socialist People’s Republic of Maryland.

In his article Mr. Henry uses:

“Example? Can we agree that there are policy problems with health care? Its cost goes up at least twice as fast as the inflation rate. If you create a government-sponsored element of health care, like the new Medicare prescription drug entitlement, its cost rises even faster than that.”

This legislation was written by a group of Drug Co. policy writers and sponsored and paid for by them. If you aren’t allowed to negotiate for lower drug prices, you can see this would be a false example of Government control.
Joe Mahoney
Athens,Texas

OIL THE OPTIONS
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s Oil Is Not Well:

I guess if R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. of all people, has accepted Peak Oil, it is time to sell oil stocks short and buy up shares of GM and Ford Motor in anticipation of the next SUV boom. Oil has had boom and bust cycles of price and supply since Edwin Drake drilled the first oil well 150 years ago, and that the especially skeptical are convinced is a sign that the price bubble will pop.

The oil world is divided into Cornucopians, who preach “don’t worry, be happy” and Doomers, who congregate at a Web site called The Oil Drum. The Cornucopians at CERA are telling us that there are projects in the works to increase oil production to 100 MBPD by 2010 and perhaps 110 MBPD by 2015, easily taking care of the worrisome increase in demand from India and China. The Doomers tell a tale that the wolf as at the door, only this time for real instead of in the 1970s when they were conducting a practice drill, that of the 85 MBPD world oil production, 10 MBPD comes from Saudi alone and of that, 5 MBPD comes from the Mother of All Oil Fields, an oil patch the size of Southern Wisconsin called Ghawar. There was a recent long and technically-detailed post on the The Oil Drum explaining that Ghawar is nearly filled to the brim with the water that has been pumped into it to drive the oil to the surface, and once Ghawar has been “watered out,” not only will this mark the actual peak of oil production, it will be the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it and we will have to revert to growing radishes in the back yard and using horse and buggy to drive to work if we even still have jobs.

This gloomy assessment of Ghawar was marked with hoots and holler and cheers from the comments section. This was happy news for these Cassandras; by golly there are Achean Greeks in that wooden horse and we are all going to die, but at least we have been vindicated!

In away the happy folks at CERA and the gloomy folks at The Oil Drum, along with R. Emmett Tyrrell and Boone Pickens, are all on the same wavelength about peak “oil.” The CERA prognostication is that “conventional oil” component will decline by 5 MBPD, but 20 MBPD of “unconventional oil” will pick up the slack; some of this will be Canada’s tar sands, but most will be “gas to liquids.” There is a lot of natural gas in remote parts of the world, either gas that is discarded by flaring in oil production or “stranded gas” that is not used, and this gas can be converted directly to Diesel fuel by a process that can be used to convert coal to liquid fuel, only it is a lot easier using clean gas instead of sulferous and ashy coal as a feedstock.

To know that world production of 85 MBPD is the peak and that oil prices will only continue to rise is a powerful piece of information to guide all manner of investment as well as economic policy decisions. For all I know, 85 MBPD will be a peak because high oil prices will trigger “demand destruction,” which will cause oil prices to collapse, starting the cycle once again until production exceeds that magic number 30 years from now. We can project increased demand from China as far as the eye can see, but high energy prices in the U.S. may depress the consumer market for China’s export goods, which could trigger a collapse of their shaky business loan system, which could lead to a collapse in demand and price for oil.

But at a deeper level, Peak Oil is part of the socialist and central economic planning fallacy. Few of us know where all the oil comes from (OK, an oil well); the belief is that most oil comes from a few giant oil fields; when they run dry, we are in deep trouble. The reality is that oil comes from a myriad of numerous and diverse source — giant oil fields in Russia and the Middle East, smaller oil fields in other places, from new discoveries, from enhanced drilling of old provinces, from new gas-to-liquids plants.

The folks at The Oil Drum were besides themselves with the knowledge that gasoline refining in the U.S. was so constrained and that the motoring public was so profligate that we wouldn’t even make it through the Memorial Day holiday without shortages; lo and behold, the high price of gas caused millions of gallons to be added to inventory from… imports! That is the power of markets, to respond to supply and demand, to send price signals, to draw on our greatest resource of all, human ingenuity, or perhaps on our greatest vice, greed.

The socialist, central economic planning fallacy directs us to know for a certainty the oil production and oil demand pictures, and it directs us to know all the ways liquid fuels can or cannot be produced and to regard human creativity as being ineffectual in maintaining our standard of living. It regards the impending energy crisis as a market failure which can only be remedied by a centrally-planned solution, be it a mandated ethanol policy, massive nuclear plant construction, energy or carbon taxes, or some other. I haven’t lost my faith in markets and human creativity in responding to the energy challenge, and I hope there are others who share this belief.
Paul Milenkovic
Madison, Wisconsin

Maybe it is time to overturn the prohibitions on drilling off the U.S. coast. I recall reading somewhere that up to 95% of the offshore area of the US is closed to drilling. What is more important? The maintenance of the American lifestyle or the protection of some obscure frog or insect or bird?
Peter Darley

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM
Re: Lee Lutz’s letter (under “20 Questions”) in Reader Mail’s Power Plays:

LOL, thanks Lee, no I am NOT mad at you, really, really enjoyed reading your letter, you have a few good points.
Elaine Kyle

Whoa! Looks like there is hope for this one! I stand in awe of someone who mentions Bev, Elaine, Diane, AND the ranch all in the same e-mail!!

I propose we organize a raiding party to go “behind the lines” in the People’s Republic of Maryland and extract this guy. Seems like he is still in the pre tin foil hat stage and therefore can be brought around!
Roy Patterson
San Jose, California

In answer to my neighbor — Lee Lutz’s twenty Kvetches…

Full disclosure, I am a nearly 50 year-old conservative Republican who lives in the state just to the south of the DPRM.

1. Does it hurt doing all those back flips during your cheerleading routine for the war in Iraq?

It actually seems to be the only thing that seems to relieve the feeling that I am covered with cooties, when surrounded by milquetoasts who insist on running from a hard fight.

2. For all the talk I hear about Bush Derangement Syndrome, doesn’t it surprise you that no righties were alive from 1992 to 2000?

There were lots of us, BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!. Sorry, Early blogger insider joke there somewhere…

3. After seeing them fight corruption with cold hard cash, shouldn’t you all be wishing that the next thing the Democrats decide to fight is cannibalism?

William Jefferson (D-Outhous)e backs Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ban? I can wish for lots of things, but wowsers… If I could wish that one into being, what else would you want me to wish for next? All Democrats pack up and move to Canada?

4. If I told you I was an East Coast born, private schooled elitist from an impressive business and political lineage and that my career interests included drilling for oil and owning a professional sports team, would you think of me as a good ‘ol boy?

No, I’d think of you as a Yankee (I was polite) with a desire to wreck a professional sports team. I’d think other things, too, but Momma taught me to do my best to be polite to folks.

5. Would you be mad if I said that the ’06 elections proved that you all have lost touch with those of us who live in the fly-to states?

That’s Flyover Country. What next? Concrete galoshes?

6. How long do you think an out of shape, city raised, never even been camping guy like myself would last on Bev’s ranch?

I don’t have a clue, but I would really want to see the pictures. Lots of them.

7. Why is it never OK to question the service, integrity, character, or mental state of anyone who has ever worn a military uniform for this country… unless that person is an elected Democrat or John McCain?

Heroism is a here and now kind of thing. Yesterday’s worst coward can be today’s greatest hero, and vice versa. McCain did hard duty, no one can take that away from him. How he conducted himself is between his fellow POWs, himself, and the Almighty. I know many (grew up an Army Brat in the 1960’s and 70’s) honorable former soldiers who left the service and consistently vote Democrat. That I find them to be invariably hypocritical is a judgment saved for their present conduct. You can guess the rest.

8. P, C, and A: Could you at least give me a hint? It’s killing me.

Again, I am clueless on this, which might be news to many of my friends.

9. Did you know that John Edwards could feed an entire village for as little as one haircut a day?

He could by a ton of pink ribbons, give enough money to the homeless to provide them with a lifetime supply of MadDog 20/20, and pay for thousands of miles worth of “carbon credits” — or some other useless feel good liberal nonsense. At least the Pretty John’s choice in hairdressers provides honest employment for someone.

10. After (at the very least) six years of flogging moral values and Christianity, do you really think that the Republican Party will give its presidential nomination to a socially liberal adulterer or a Mormon?

Eons before the Democrats admit their political party is based on class warfare, social stratification, disdain for devout religiousity, and government control of all aspects of life.

11. Isn’t it scary that the best campaign strategy in recent history is “don’t show up for any debates”?

What debates? I haven’t seen any debates. I saw a couple of lineups of people standing behind wooden boxes snapping sound-bites to reporters asking lame questions, but I have seen not one debate.

12. Do you think that Jay Molyneaux will ever tell us how he really feels about Democrats?

I know what I think of Democrats and the Democrat Party, he can think what he wishes to think. Liberty is a wonderful thing.

13. If I promise to think about voting for a Republican at some point in my life, do you think Mimi will mention me in a poem?

No offense, but you are a self-professed Liberal Democrat, promises for y’all seem to be “checks in the mail”.

14. Did anybody get the number of that bus we threw Joe Lieberman under?

No, but Joe is still playing in traffic, waiting for it to come around and pick him up.

15. Do you think President Bush’s SoulVision device needs to be put in the shop?

Ah yes! Pootie Poot… George was just a leetle too enthusiastic about that one, wasn’t he? I will send him a note… Dear George, Vlady is not a nice boy. Please, don’t let him have your toy truck, you’ll never see it again. — There izzat better?

16. Is the fact that I can’t find Canuckistan on a map directly related to the fact that I’m a public school graduate?
Which is run by Democrats… ’nuff said.

17. How much of The Man do you have to be to survive a heart attack, plot to become President of Earth, tell a Congressman to perform an anatomically impossible feat, and have someone apologize to you after you shoot them?

How much Democrat Agitprop Talking Point regurgitation does it take before your teeth are damaged? I dunno.

18. My work experience includes being a grocery store cashier, a bank teller, a fraud analyst, and a training coordinator; isn’t there some sort of government agency I can run?

It sounds to me that you might be a tad overqualified, but if you want to run one, you better get out the right personal ticket punched in just the right sequence. Of course you might want to remember that the Federal bureaucracy was taken over by the Democrats over the course of the last 60 years, and the rules are theirs… I, being a Republican, haven’t any magic incantations for you.

19. Do you think Diane and ELAINE will be mad at me for making them read this far?

They seem to be able to fend for themselves and I am sure that they will quite ably. You might want to find that old motorcycle helmet.

20. Finally: Do you realize that accusing someone of treason in effect means that you believe they should be executed?

Only in a Liberal Democrat Zero Tolerance sort of way.

Mr. Lutz, I hope this helps. Your Red State southern neighbor from the Old Dominion.
John W. Schneider, III
Bristow, Virginia

I’m so pleased to see a lost sheep from the sinister (from the Latin for left, for those sentenced to recent public schooling) side expose himself to the dexterous (from the Latin for right….) communication of sensible public policy by our on-line regulars. Let me try to answer Lee Lutz’s thought-provoking questions.

(1) Exactly how is it a cheerleading backflip to continue to support the suppression of Islamofascist terrorism as it presents itself among nutburgers in the Middle East? Now supporting making Osama eat his words about the “strong horse and the weak horse”, and then becoming the weak horse—that really is a cheerleading backflip!

(2) The difference between Bush Derangement Syndrome and Clinton Derangement Syndrome is the difference between hatred and disgust. I don’t remember our side wishing for Clinton’s assassination, or hoping that his insufferable vice president would die from a heart attack. I would also contrast the small numbers on our side who believed that Clinton was involved in a murder of Vince Foster to the multitudes who believe that Bush “lied us into war” to benefit Halliburton, and the significant number who believe that some evildoers in the Bush administration were involved in (or at least had advance knowledge of) the World Trade Center incident. Rosie, call your office!

(3) In the fever swamps of the left, isn’t cannibalism just another lifestyle choice?

(4) If your biography were similar to the President’s, you could only be a “good ol’ boy” if you were willing to live on a ranch in the middle of nowhere rather than in one of the preferred culture capitals of the U.S., and if you were willing to go to bed with the sun rather than well into moonglow. Morning comes early in the real America!

(5) I think Republicans lost the 2006 election by losing touch with the flyover states that entrusted them with limited government, border security, and resistance to crackpot social policy. It also didn’t help that all Republican politicians (including the President) were pretty ineffective as they withdrew from countering the daily drumbeat of anti-Iraq propaganda from the MSM. Truly, while the Democrat Party is the evil party, no one can deny that the Republican Party is too often the stupid party.

(6) I am also an out of shape non-camping type whose idea of nature is what you see out of a Holiday Inn window. I fear neither of us would last very long on Bev’s ranch. But it sure would be fun to actually meet her!

(7) We can actually make distinctions that allow us to respect someone’s military service and still evaluate their ideas! You know, like walking and chewing gum at the same time—some of us multi-task.

(8) Hmmm….I agree. What is “P, C, and A”?

(9) One of the problems with Edwards is that he very well might try to divert haircut money (someone else’s haircut money) to feed a village. A great way to promote dependency! Don’t they teach leftists anymore about giving fish vs. teaching to fish?

(10) Part of Christian moral values (as I understand them; I’m not a Christian) is to forgive sinners who have sincerely repented and rejoined the flock. That being said, I too find it odd that a socially liberal unrepentant adulterer is a popular candidate for President among conservatives. And while I’m not a Mitt fan, I doubt any could question his commitment to religious and family values–though some might question his applications of those values.

(11) Check your premises. Inane questioning by reps of the MSM does not constitute a “debate”. And it is not clear at all that missing these monstrosities is effective campaign strategy. I would note that it is the left that is typically unwilling to engage in real debate. That’s what PC is all about. (12) Oh, I think you know well what Jay Molyneux thinks of Democrats! Such sarcasm is unbecoming!

(13) I think you will need to do more that tease us with the possibility of a “road to Damascus” moment to be immortalized in a poem.

(14) I think you threw Joe Lieberman under a school bus. Then he picked himself up and took you guys to school.

(15) Bush’s “soul vision” device probably could use some work in the shop. Generosity of spirit unreciprocated is too often an unsatisfactory aspect of leaders in the stupid party. Clinton was much better at taking on those who wished him ill.

(16) It probably is because you are a public skool grad that you can’t find Canuckistan on a map. Let me help you. It’s to the north of Mexifornia, and in imminent danger of massive flooding from the melting polar icecap to the north (darn that global warming!). Try home schooling.

(17) Yeah, Cheney is pretty much “the Man”, or, at least, the adult–by Washington standards.

(18) A cashier, a teller, a fraud analyst, and a training coordinator? You probably could run a government agency, but why would you want to leave honest work?

(19) I’m sure that Diane and Elaine enjoyed your letter as much as I did….

(20) Yes, I do realize that accusing someone of treason means I believe they should be executed (not that we execute traitors anymore, more’s the pity). Do you realize that giving a pass to someone who gives aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime means you don’t care that this assists in the killing of many soldiers and civilians?

Hope this helps you, Lee, as you scan future editions of the on-line Spectator.
Stephen Zierak
Kansas City, Missouri
(also known as flyover country)

Hey! What do you know? A lefty with a sense of humor. O. K. Mr. Lutz, I’ll play.

1) Our backs are in great shape from supporting our brave troops in Iraq & Afghanistan. Standing tall does wonders for the back as opposed to repeated supplicant bowing, presumably to your cherished U.N.

2) We were all alive and well from 1992-2000, however, some of us cigar smokers were admittedly a bit stunned at what Clinton would do with a good smoke before lighting.

3) Corruption with cold, hard cash, I believe, is Rep. William Jefferson’s (D) Louisiana, department.

4-5) If you’re an East Coast elite, then losing touch with you all is a distinct pleasure.

6) I’d give the aforementioned William Jefferson’s cold hard cash, just to see Bev do a number on your flabby backside.

7) Most military wear their service with quiet pride, as opposed to video recording one’s brief war record. Let’s see, what’s that military form that Kerry still hasn’t released yet? Reader Lt. Michael Tomlinson can help with this one

9) Edwards got the $400 to feed a village after successfully chasing the Lieberman bus.

10) If adultery was a non-starter for Pres., you guys would be waiting for the next ice age.

14) Don’t have that Lieberman bus number, but we do know which Democrat running for president, chased after it. See 9.

18) The fact that you’re a Democrat and a fraud analyst qualifies you for chair of the DNC or Joe Wilson’s literary agent.

20) Execution for treason!! hell, why didn’t we think of that!

Thanks for the laughs Lee, let’s do it again real soon.
A. DiPentima

Mr. Lutz was pretty funny, particularly for a professed liberal Democrat. SoulVision!! Good one, I’d like to borrow that line if you don’t mind to go with my “Can’t Wait Until 2008” bumper sticker because at this point I fear W will only cause more damage to conservative ideals since the MSM keeps calling him one.

I have to also admit some of the 20 questions escaped me initially but I finally caught the references for most of them, perhaps it was because I am nearly twice Mr. Lutz’s age and am apparently not as quick as I used to be. But the reference to our Vice President gave me the answer I needed to how serious this reader is in his analysis of conservative, if not Republican actions and standard bearers. Remember when VP was selected to run on the ticket? I know Mr. Lutz was just 22 or 23 at the time, but it was easy to find generally nice things being said about him (the VP, I don’t think they mentioned Mr. Lutz) and then of course the big one, all the GRAVITAS he brought to the ticket.

Yes, people actually used to like our Vice President, even the left didn’t skewer him significantly early on, most likely because they were so sure Bush/Cheney would lose. It could not have been because they didn’t know him. He has been a visible public servant and patriot for longer than Mr. Lutz has been alive and served openly and honorably in the positions he won or was assigned I believe.

No, the anger and in many cases hate that Vice President Dick Cheney elicits from so many people on the left came when they discovered that anyone they put up against him to try to debate the issues of the day got sliced and diced faster than a Vegomatic can make Julianne fries.

You just can’t beat leftist icons so visibly and get away with it, that person has to be brought down so the effort doesn’t end. President of Earth?, get a grip Mr. Lutz, there is not now, and never has been a scintilla of evidence that Dick Cheney lusts for power or desires to be President of the United States, much less Earth, your side of the political spectrum just can’t deal with a person of the integrity, knowledge and honor of someone like our Vice President. The only down side here is I can’t defend him “just because he wore a military uniform”.
R. Ross
Tomahawk, Wisconsin

“Finally: Do you realize that accusing someone of treason in effect means that you believe they should be executed?”

Yes.

You’ll have to excuse me. I have a lot of slip knots to put in all these ropes before dawn.
Michael Wm. Dooley
Indianapolis, Indiana

THE GLUT STOPS HERE
Re: Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar’s The Global Savings Glut and Its Consequences:

Now let me see if I have this straight: Interest rates have been historically low lately because of a worldwide high savings rates, and therefore competition for savings among savings institutions is low. But now people everywhere have figured out they can get a higher rate of return by moving their savings into equities.

Then does it not follow that as people pull money out of savings institutions, interest rates will start to increase as those institutions try to lure them back? And don’t equities markets react to higher interest rates the way a cat reacts to a bath?

Are we getting a taste of this in the stock market this week?
Paul Doolittle

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