Thursday, January 31, 2008

Clinton Has A "Carter Moment"

Wow. Democrats everywhere revere former president Bill Clinton. Some of them will even acknowledge that Jimmy Carter was the worst president in this nation's history. Now, Clinton is using some of Carter's logic according to
this article.

"We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions
'cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren."

Carter felt the need to slow down the economy and it led to 22% prime rate, historic inflation levels and unemployment galore. How could Clinton even think such a thing. He must not remember it took Ronald Reagan an entire term to undo Carter's damage and return the nation to prosperity. He set the nation on a path of growth that carried into the new millennium. Clinton and Bush benefited from Reagan's efforts and obviously Bill Clinton doesn't get it.

Just an observation.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Caroline Kennedy Endorsement

If anyone really cares, this Newsweek article explains it. Makes a nice story. One would think along the way to an endorsement of B. Hussein Obama Caroline may wish to more thoroughly examine this guy's positions and how he plans to pay for his "wants." But then again, why would she care? Maybe she knows his opponent too well.

Just a thought.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Fair Tax

This article discusses the Fair Tax proposed by Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and present GOP presidential candidate. There is much to be liked about the fair tax. There are some items that constitute drawbacks. The article gives a pretty good discussion of pointing out both sides, but it omits one very key factor. The rate being proposed is too high. Not everything mentioned will be taxed, I'm pretty sure. Of course all taxes are too high as government spends money and dabbles in areas it has no business. The Constitution was very clear and made a point to leave unspecified areas to the states. That, however, is fodder for another post. As far as the fair tax is concerned, familiarize yourself with it. It beats the heck out of the income tax and the IRS nightmares.

Just a thought.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Justice Ginsburg Sides With Thomas etal In Ali Case

As amazing as it seems, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Clarence Thomas and the so called conservative justices in the Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisons case.
This article tells of the case and the verdict while
this blog tells of the deciding "swing" vote. This just goes to show that some surprises are pleasant surprises. But, then again, what the hell happened to Kennedy? How could he side with such a lame dissent?

The word "any" is of no help because all speakers (including writers and
legislators) who use general words such as "all," "any," "never," and "none"
normally rely upon context to indicate the limits of time and place within which
they intend those words to do their linguistic work. And with the possible
exception of the assertion of a universal truth, say by a mathematician,
scientist, philosopher, or theologian, such limits almost always exist. When I
call out to my wife, "There isn't any butter," I do not mean, "There isn't any
butter in town." The context makes clear to her that I am talking about
the contents of our refrigerator.

Ol' BC has no doubt as to the meaning of "any" when the context of the law in question is considered. I seriously doubt that "any" normal person would. It seems clear it refers to the "contents" of the law enforcement community.

Just a thought.

Fred Withdraws From Race

Fred Thompson ended his presidential aspirations today according to this article. Ol' BC hates this as Fred was clearly the most committed to tax cuts and government's responsibility to adhere to the constitution.

"I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this
effort," Thompson said. "Jeri and I will always be grateful for the
encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."

Time will tell. I do think had he hung in there a little longer and continued to preach what is correct he may have been more of a benefit to the country and his party. For now, the search for someone who will be committed to tax cuts, economic growth, job creation, government restraint and no citizenship for illegal aliens continues. Stay tuned. Messages could change a little as the campaign continues.

Just a thought.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Voter ID

The Indiana law regarding voter identification has been challenged and appealed and now apparently will be heard by the SCOTUS. This letter to the editor expresses most people's opinion on the subject.

I have to show a picture ID before I can cash a check, use my credit or debit
card, or board an airplane. How can anyone object to my having to show a picture
ID before casting a vote?

Some of us take the right to vote seriously and wish the election process to be fraud free and definitely not crooked. Naturally, those of us in the midwest realize that in areas like Chicago and recently Milwaukee more than voter identification will be required. But for the vast majority of the country voter identification will do the job. The author, Mr. Walton, goes on to say

In order to get along in the world today, you have to prove your identity. You
should also have to prove your identity before you do the most important thing
you can do in a free society: Cast a vote for its leader.

"Is voter identification the only problem?" Ol' BC asks rhetorically. Of course not. There are problems with electronic machines. There are problems with staffing at the polling places. I'm sure someone else has seen a problem of some sort somewhere. But, there is no better way to insure that elections are for the most part fraud free than indentifying voters.

Just a thought.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Huckster On Illegal Aliens

Hmmm. This article indicates that the Huckster is trying to take a more aggressive position. It would be nice if he would adopt serious tax cuts and keeping Big Brother at bay. Could this be politics?

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday continued to move to the right on
immigration during this year's presidential campaign, signing a pledge to
enforce immigration laws and to make all illegal aliens go home.
The pledge,
offered by immigration control advocacy group Numbers USA, commits Mr. Huckabee
to oppose a new path to citizenship for current illegal aliens and to cut the
number of illegal aliens already in the country through attrition by law
enforcement —

That sounds a whole lot like someone trying to generate votes. Ol' BC heard a lot of this talk last week in Florida. Amazingly, it was from Donks. However, these Donks were retirees. Those who fought in WWII and Korea seem to look at things a little differently that the media types who present what we read and hear on a regular basis. For some reason these guys are still Democrats, but they remember when the Democrats were the party of the "working man" as opposed to today's Democrats who are the party of those who don't want to work. They may possibly vote for the GOP, but can't consider themselves among them. Then again they may not. But that's another post.

Just an observation.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Diplomacy - Still Being Utilized

Still being utilized by the Bush administration. Amazing as it may seem, these Bush guys (and gals) are still trying to do some good things. Somewhat inconceivable given the nature of these warmongers.(sarcasm off)

Libya's remarkable transformation from U.S. foe to friend is almost
Despite unresolved terrorism and human rights concerns, the United
States took another step toward ending decades of hostility with the north
African nation on Thursday as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held talks
here with the Libyan foreign minister in the highest-level contact between the
two countries in Washington in 35 years.

Libya. Who'd have ever thunk? Thirty-five years is a long time - three and a half decades and every president since the last year or so of Richard Milhouse Nixon. They go from shooting at our planes to this. All under the watch of a warmongering president.

The United States and Libya restored diplomatic relations in 2004 after a
27-year hiatus and shortly after his meeting with Rice, Shalqam watched as
officials from the two countries signed their first bilateral agreement — a
science and technology cooperation pact.

In the year 2004, I think we were under the watch of that warmonger, George Dubya Bush. While I'm not a big fan of Bush for reasons documented in this blog time and again (mostly due to domestic and economic policies) he does do some good things which receive little to no media attention.

Just an observation.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Arizona Illegal Alien Law

It goes into effect today, New Years Day. Ol' BC finds it a little quirky that the state of Arizona has to handle what has been known as the federal government's jurisdiction. Then again, what has the federal government done efficiently in the recent or distant past? Here's an article that gives an overview of the situation down there. Basically, they are going to bust the balls of those companies employing illegal aliens. First offense, ten day suspension of your business license. Second offense, revocation of your business license. My hat's off to Governor Napolitano if she really does insist this law be enforced in spite of her own reservations. As always with reservations, one must consider the fact that they may be political in nature. Government officials tend to have reservations about laws and situations that can cost them votes.

It will be interesting to see how the business climate in Arizona will be affected. Ol' BC is certain President Bush doesn't think much of this legislation, but it seems to me that putting the honest company back on a level playing field may not be all bad. If some illegal aliens leave the area voluntarily, maybe the social services in the state will be less stressed. Maybe the crime rate will be reduced. Maybe the hospitals won't have to charge so much. Then again, maybe none of that will be the case. Time will tell and it will be interesting to hear the spin on the results if the law is really enforced.

Just a thought.