Friday, December 16, 2011

The Final Five: December 16, 2011

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
December 16, 2011

Thought of the Day:
Democrats are using fast and furious as a means to pass new gun control regulations. Perhaps we should go to the real problem and pass new government control regulations instead.


News of Note:

- Click censorship or protecting property?

- Using "Fast & Furious" to promote gun control

- Hezbollah Laundered Millions of Dollars Into U.S.

- School fights for nativity scene

- Google patents driverless car technology

- Donors pay Kmart layaway accounts

- China orders Twitter users to register


Tonight's Crazy Story:
Police Say Fake Bills Were Simple Photocopies
A man passed off over $200 of photocopied bills as real by using them with real money and rushing out the door before they were discovered. However, his joy came to an end when he was arrested inside the hotel room he paid for with some of the fake bills.


The Final Five: Number 5
Today Is Bill of Rights Day
The CATO Institute's Tim Lynch analyzes the ten portions of our Bill of Rights in honor of "Bill of Rights Day." Looks like we're doing real good on the third, but not so good on the rest. "It’s a disturbing snapshot, to be sure, but not one the Framers of the Constitution would have found altogether surprising. They would sometimes refer to written constitutions as mere “parchment barriers,” or what we call “paper tigers.” They nevertheless concluded that having a written constitution was better than having nothing at all. The key point is this: A free society does not just “happen.” It has to be deliberately created and deliberately maintained. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."


There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"According to a new CBS poll, 33 percent of Americans say they won't have enough money to cover their holiday spending. I believe these people are called Congress."
-Jay Leno, 12/15/11


The Final Five: Number 4
Too Many Debates?
Alana Goodman at Commentary Magazine makes the argument that the tight debate schedule hurts those running. "As the candidates prepare for the debate in Iowa tonight, Karl Rove outlines how the nonstop debates may actually be detrimental to the race: Each debate kills at least three days: one day (and sometimes two) to prepare, the day of the debate, and the day after, spent dealing with the fallout from the night before. This late in the process – there are 19 days left until Iowa and 26 days until New Hampshire, with Christmas and New Year’s holidays eliminating crucial campaign dates – many candidates might want to chart their own schedules and set their own message priorities. But the debates won’t allow for that. Debates transfer power to the media, draining it from the campaigns. Moderators and their news organizations – through questions they frame or select – have more impact than candidates on what’s covered and discussed."


Debt Watch:
On Thursday, our government made up for Wednesday's thrift by going on a spending binge, increasing our debt by $46,812,289,639.03. This brings the total national debt to:
$15,098,098,486,788.82


The Final Five: Number 3
So This is It?
RedState's Daniel Horowitz presents his complaints about the Republican majority in the House caving on the Omnibus. "This is what we get from a new House Republican majority? Call me naive, but from the onset of this legislative session I really expected we would witness some transformational change in the way Washington does business. That was obviously a foolish expectation."


Tweets of the Day:
Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty): You know, if Rick Perry had the Broncos defense on stage for half of these competitions, he would indeed win these debates like Tebow.


The Final Five: Number 2
On Medicare, Save Money Now
National Review Online's Josh Barro makes the case that the Ryan-Wyden Medicare reform proposal is good, except it should be implemented immediately instead of in 2022. "The United States needs Medicare reform for the same reason Rhode Island needed pension reform–without adjustments, Medicare will eat the budget and make the rest of government dysfunctional. Fixing that problem should be a winning proposition, but you can’t fix it if reform is always something that has to happen “later.” Wyden and Ryan have hit upon a good structure, but they should seize the moment and urge its implementation today, not in 2022."


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"I own myself the friend to a very free system of commerce, and hold it as a truth, that commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic — it is also a truth, that if industry and labour are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out."
-James Madison


The Final Five: Number 1
How to Shut Down the Welfare State
Richard Jones at American Thinker makes the case that the best think to do in the "War on Poverty" is to eliminate welfare. "Welfare workers are constantly trying to figure out how to make their jobs effective, how to do something to actually combat poverty. Their jobs are very high-stress, so they often meet after work on Fridays, when happy hours encourage them to philosophize. If only the clients had to look for work -- no, they're already under such a requirement. If the government built more public housing so the slumlords didn't grab every increase in benefits -- no, that's been tried. If food stamps and cash assistance were combined into one check -- no, that resulted in a class action suit, and threatened the criminal economy. There must be some way the welfare system can actually assist the poor. Happily, there is an answer: shut it down."


Tomorrow in History
December 17, 1957 - The first intercontinental ballistic missile, the SM-65 Atlas, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.


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