Thursday, May 14, 2009

Karl's Weekend Reading

George Will examines the recent Obama order to California to reverse pay cuts for the Service Employees International Union and the strong-arm tactics with Chrysler's bond holders in his Townhall article, Tincture of Lawlessness.

Such a federal ukase (the word derives from czarist Russia; how appropriate) to a [California] state legislature is a sign of the administration's dependency agenda -- maximizing the number of people and institutions dependent on the federal government. For the first time, neither sales nor property nor income taxes are the largest source of money for state and local governments. The federal government is.

Larry Elder goes to far by using the word "socialism" in his Townhall article GOP: The Way Forward. He acknowledges the disadvantages that Republicans face: Bush started the bailouts and failed big-government ideas like Social Security are liked by a majority of voters.

Americans like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And President Obama won the election, in part, by calling it a "matter of neighborliness" to tax A for the benefit of B. That this creeping socialism defies the Constitution and weakens economic growth is of little consequence to many Americans.

Republicans can regain the White House by standing on principles -- and explaining their purpose and utility.

Larry Kudlow comments on Obama's government health care plans at Townhall, Obama's 'Public' Health Plan Will Bankrupt the Nation.

So let’s be serious when evaluating President Obama’s goal of universal health care, and the idea that it’s a cost-cutter. Can’t happen. Won’t happen. Costs are going to explode.

Think of it: Can anyone name a federal program that ever cut costs for anything? Let’s not forget that the existing Medicare system is roughly $80 trillion in the hole.

And does anybody believe Obama’s new “public” health-insurance plan isn’t really a bridge to single-payer government-run health care? And does anyone think this plan won’t produce a government gatekeeper that will allocate health services and control prices and therefore crowd-out the private-insurance doctor/hospital system?

Paula Meister is the creative writer at The American Thinker this week with Barack Obama's Declaration of Dependence. Read it all!

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, womyn, transgendered and questioning individuals deserve equal division of goods, that they are endowed by Me with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the right to abort life, servitude to the state, and the pursuit of taxpayer-supported benefits. That to secure these rights, government is instituted in Me, deriving my just powers from the consent of a Democrat Congress, ACORN, and Universal Voluntary Public Service.

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