Thought of the Day:
Despite what our president says, welfare programs do not create jobs. Welfare programs only create slaves depending on the government for their next meal.
News of Note:
- Traffic fatality rates hit all-time low
- Congress and White House disagree on payroll tax implementation
- EPA says oil production hurts water supply
- North Dakota's problem: too many jobs, not enough people
- South Fulton, GA fire department lets house burn over $75 unpaid fee
- "Occupy a Desk" job fair at Zuccotti Park
- Eric Bolling to debate Kermit the Frog?
Tonight's Crazy Story:
Thug Pummeled After Attempting to Mug Chicago Man Who Turns Out to be an MMA Fighter
A 24-year-old man pulled a gun on a driver in a parked car, but the driver was an MMA figher. The would-be robber appears to have received the worst of the brawl.
The Final Five: Number 5
A Wiser Outlook
Jeffrey Folks argues that Obama would have been wise to develop a long-term outlook for energy similar to Exxon-Mobil's 30 year plan. "As it is, Obama deserves a failing grade for his willful ignorance and mismanagement of the nation's energy supply. Energy exploration is one of the few areas in which American firms still hold a decisive advantage over businesses elsewhere in the world. Obama is doing all he can to squander that advantage and turn our lead over to rival economies. If the President allowed himself to be guided by the wisdom of Exxon's Outlook, he would have the opportunity to lead the country toward energy independence, full employment, and a balanced federal budget. As it is, he is suppressing the one industry that holds the greatest promise for renewed national prosperity."
There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"According to CNBC, a number of Americans are moving overseas looking for job opportunities. Now people over there will know what it feels like to lose their American jobs to foreigners."
-Jay Leno, 12/8/11
The Final Five: Number 4
Liberal Indifference to Income Inequality
Peter Wehner argues that liberals are ignoring the truth on the causes income inequality. "...the current structure of our entitlement programs (especially Medicare), much more than the tax cuts of the Reagan and Bush years, have accelerated income inequality. But you would never know that based on the critique of the left, which has come to believe – for reasons that are not entirely clear – that tax increases are an important step towards the moral purification of a society. If income inequality is really what troubled modern-day liberals, they would be leading the effort to reform entitlements along the lines outlined by Ryan. Instead, they are fierce critics of his plan."
The government used Thursday to spend an additional $4,763,264,533.07 over its revenues, bringing the national debt to:
The Final Five: Number 3
Nothing Inevitable About a One-State Solution
Part One / Part Two / Part Three
Jonathan Tobin argues against the idea that a one-state solution is the only option that avoids an apartheid state. "It has become a common theme heard on the left that unless Israel radically changes its posture toward the peace process it will be faced with two huge threats to its existence. One is the notion that in a few years, if not sooner, there will be only one option available to resolve the conflict: the so-called “one-state solution” in which Israel is forced to treat Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza as Israeli citizens and thus lose its Jewish majority–meaning the end of the Jewish state and Zionism. The other is that if it refuses to accept that grim fate, then it will be branded as the new South Africa, and a Jewish apartheid state would lose the support of both American Jewry and the United States. This means that sooner or later Israel must unilaterally evacuate the West Bank and even parts of Jerusalem as it did in Gaza in 2005 or face the consequences."
Tweets of the Day:
Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley): Try again. Obama railing against money in politics is like Bill Clinton railing against promiscuity.
The Final Five: Number 2
On Foreign Policy Issues, Obama is AWOL
Max Boot makes the point that Obama is solid on popular foreign policy items (Al Qaeda), but soft on the controversial ones (Iran, Israel, etc.). "That’s not a bad one-liner but, like the best one-liners, it avoids the real issues. Nobody is questioning Obama’s toughness on al-Qaeda. But that’s not exactly a controversial stance. Even the most dovish Democrats are in favor of targeting al-Qaeda. There is as close to a consensus about this issue as it is possible to achieve in American politics. It does not require much leadership to target al-Qaeda’s leadership–the foreign policy equivalent of targeting “drug kingpins” or other major criminals on the homefront. But when it comes to dealing with Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and other pressing issues, there is no consensus. On these issues–the tough ones that require presidential leadership–Obama has been mostly AWOL."
Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."
The Final Five: Number 1
Dispatches from the Corporate State: A Study in Contrasts
Coyote Blog analyzes the difference between the government's handling of the Toyota accelerator issues and the Chevy Volt battery issues. "It is interesting to study the contrast between the handling of the Toyota accelerator problems, which turned out to be pretty much all driver error, and the Chevy Volt fire issues. In the case of the former, we had public hearings and government threats. The government, without evidence at that point, demanded Toyota recall the vehicles and stop production. Eventually, when the NHTSA determined that the panic and recall was in error and the issue was operator error and not with the car, the Obama Administration suppressed the results. Now, Volts appear to have a fire problem with their batteries. This time, the government is keeping things real quiet and, instead of exaggerating the safety issue, they are suppresing it."
Tomorrow in History
December 10, 1868 - The first traffic lights are installed outside of the Palace of Westminster in London.
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