Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Final Five: November 22, 2011

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
November 22, 2011

News of Note:

- Apparently the Senate has nothing better to do

- Bottled water can't prevent dehydration? Ask the EU

- A list of successful companies ... if "success" is defined as "doing better than Solyndra"

- UNoccupy Wall Street

- Occupy Black Friday? Seriously?

- More fake climate data

- Danielscare: Indiana's health care reform that actually works


Tonight's Crazy Story:
'As Slow As Possible': World's Longest Running Concert At St. Burchard Church Turns 10
If you go to this concert, plan to stay a while. A performance of John Cage's "As Slow as Possible" has just passed the ten-year mark, and there's only 629 years to go!


The Final Five: Number 5
Supercommittee Success
Emily Miller argues that the supercommitee's failure to reach an agreement is actually a good outcome. "This happens to be the best outcome given Democratic intransigence on spending. Republicans refused to strike a sham deal that would have given political cover to an unpopular Congress without addressing entitlements, which are the central cause of the debt crisis. ... The supercommitee’s end without any real spending cuts is a loss for the country, but that’s better than cooking up business-as-usual and pretending it is anything else but a turkey."


There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"I like putting marshmallows on the sweet potato. I don't see why we don't put them on all our vegetables all the time."
-Jimmy Kimmel, 11/21/11


The Final Five: Number 4
The Lesson that California Can Teach the Nation
Jonathan Jeffrey found something coming from California to compliment, and surprisingly, I agree with him. "On November 5, students from throughout the state, as the Student Advisory Board on Education, gathered in Sacramento to begin discussions about the ways that their education system could be bettered. After five days, the students presented their proposals for change to the California State Board of Education. These proposals ranged from improving the standardized testing system to developing career awareness standards in frameworks. For the two hours that I sat in the boardroom listening to the presentation of these proposals, I could not help but feel excited about what this meant. Our education system should be based around students, the individuals who have the most to both gain and lose in our education system. Yet, instead, the system has been built around adults. Adults run the government. Adults run the classrooms. Adults run the unions. But this November, I saw that this was fortunately not always the case."


Debt Watch:
On Monday, the government spent an additional $80,294,823.10 of money it does not have, bringing the national debt to:
$15,042,288,403,018.43


The Final Five: Number 3
Alice in Liberal Land
Thomas Sowell compares liberal ideology to Alice in Wonderland. "In the world of Liberal Land, you can just take for granted all the benefits of the existing society, and then simply tack on your new, wonderful ideas that will make things better. For example, if the economy is going along well and you happen to take a notion that there ought to be more home ownership, especially among the poor and minorities, then you simply have the government decree that lenders have to lend to more low-income people and minorities who want mortgages, ending finicky mortgage standards about down payments, income and credit histories. That sounds like a fine idea in the world of Liberal Land. Unfortunately, in the ugly world of reality, it turned out to be a financial disaster, from which the economy has still not yet recovered."


Tweet of the Day:
Donald Trump: Yesterday @BarackObama actually spent a full day in Washington. He didn't campaign, fund raise or play golf. Shocking.


The Final Five: Number 2
Our Spending Problem
Jeffrey Anderson provides a snapshot of our government's out-of-control spending problem. "Despite this previously demonstrated commitment to cutting spending on the part of one-half of the deficit committee members, the committee failed to do something that should have been very easy to do. It couldn’t find a way to cut $1.2 trillion, or just 2.6 percent, from the $45.77 trillion in projected federal spending over the next decade — or to trim just 12 cents out of every dollar of projected spending increases."


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years."
-Thomas Jefferson


The Final Five: Number 1
Obama Got 2.1 Trillion and All We Got Was this Stupid Supercommittee
Tom Rowan analyzes the failure of the supercommittee: Obama got what he wanted; Republicans got defense cuts. "Obama got his money to blow and all we got was a stupid committee. Conservatives rightly complained at the time that the taxpayer had seen this dog and pony show before. The government's deal with itself was phony from the get go. The government's bogus promise was to let them blow money now and government will stop blowing money latter. This would be comical except that it will take generations for taxpayers to bail out our bankrupt government. We simply don't have 2.1 trillion dollars to blow under any circumstance anymore."


Tomorrow in History
November 23, 1963 - The first episode of Doctor Who is broadcast on BBC. The show would become the world's longest-running science fiction drama.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Final Five: November 21, 2011

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
November 21, 2011

News of Note:

- Congress "passed that bill", or at least part of it.

- If only Americans revered Ronald Reagan

- Does the 99% really live like this?

- Our President, hard at work solving the "no NBA" problem

- Make sure to avoid obscene words, such as "Jesus"

- How's that "Arab Spring" working out for you, Egyptians?

- Super Committee admits it has failed

- Congress talks of changing rules to avoid defense cuts


Tonight's Crazy Story:
School Calls Cops After 12-year-olds Kiss
An elementary school called the police when two students kissed. Police later determined that no crime was committed.


The Final Five: Number 5
The Federal Government and…Child Care?
Peter Wehner discusses Pelosi's idea to do for child care like she did for health care. "Now most of us, if we had problems finding a babysitter, would ask for names from friends, neighbors and perhaps the parents of classmates. We might inquire with people in our Bible study, father-son book club or soccer league. We would consider putting up an announcement in the local library or going through a baby-sitting service. We might place an ad in a local newspaper. But what we wouldn’t assume is that this was a job for government to get involved with. ... It’s hard to imagine what areas of life exist, if any at all, that a modern-day liberal believes is beyond the proper scope and reach of the federal government."


There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"Energy Secretary Stephen Chu testified before Congress yesterday that he thought it was a good idea to lend $535 million of our tax dollars to the solar panel company Solyndra right before they went bankrupt. If he'd taken all of that money, put it in a big pile and set it on fire, it would have produced more energy than Solyndra."
-Jay Leno, 11/18/11


The Final Five: Number 4
One Year After the GM IPO...How Is Our $50 Billion Investment Looking?
Mike Opelka analyzes the payback the U.S. has received from its "investment" in GM, and what must happen for the taxpayers to get their full money back. "In order for the American taxpayer to be made whole on the investment we made in just GM, the share price for the automaker needs to climb to $53, more than double the current price. Can GM’s stock rebound and jump from $21 to $53, providing the government a chance to “take a few chips off the table?” Most analysts will give you a simple two-word answer to that question: It’s doubtful."


Debt Watch:
At the close of business on Friday, the national debt stood at:
$15,040,208,108,195.33


The Final Five: Number 3
Why Occupy Wall Street Is No Tea Party
Eugene Slaven discusses the differences between the Occupy protests and the Tea Party. "There are fundamental differences between the Tea Party and OWS that made the former a formidable political force and will render the latter an inconsequential soon-to-be historical footnote. ... From the beginning, the Tea Party was primarily made up of middle-class, fiscally conservative Americans who opposed government expansion under President Obama and the Democratic Congress. They organized and rallied peacefully, picked up after themselves, and didn't cost taxpayers a dime. The Tea Party called for less debt, less spending, and less government intervention in the economy. They didn't always offer detailed policy proposals, but they did espouse coherent philosophical and economic principles."


Tweet of the Day:
Larry Sabato: Yes, Mr. President, we're all really optimistic Congress will use the next year well & sing Kumbaya & compromise. #whenpigsfly


The Final Five: Number 2
Answer to DC Stalemate is Democracy
Jonathan Tobin argues that the 2012 election will be what settles the stalemate in Washington. "The problem isn’t the fault of senators and representatives who “won’t compromise,” but the fact that control of the current Congress is split between a House that was won by the GOP in 2010 and a Senate that is still controlled by Democrats who were swept in with their victories in 2006 and 2008. Expecting either party to betray their bases in the name of a vacuous compromise that would please no one was always unrealistic. The only way to end the standoff is a new election that will present the voters with a clear choice between the competing visions of the two parties. Fortunately, there is one scheduled less than a year from now that can easily settle the question."


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"Democratical States must always feel before they can see: it is this that makes their Governments slow, but the people will be right at last."
-George Washington


The Final Five: Number 1
The Choice: Squabble or Govern
Robert Samuelson argues that Obama has failed to show any leadership during the debt ceiling/super committee process. "What we could have is a small budget deal. Deficits over the next decade could easily exceed $9 trillion; proposals by Republicans and Democrats might cut this by about $1.5 trillion. Toomey's concession should create a basis for a negotiation, if both sides want an agreement. Small successes today could rebuild trust, leading to larger successes tomorrow. Failure will further corrode the public's already rock-bottom confidence in its political 'leaders.'"


Tomorrow in History
November 22, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy is shot and killed during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.


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