Friday, March 30, 2012

The Final Five: March 30, 2012

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
March 30, 2012

Featured Article:
ObamaCare — How Nice People Crush Freedom
Andrew Klavan explains how the road to the destruction of freedom is paved with good intentions. Just because someone wants to help does not mean that person's solution is a good idea for all of America.


Tonight's Crazy Story:
Two Dialysis Patients Fight Over Louisville-Kentucky
Two patients at a dialysis clinic in Georgetown, Kentucky, ended up in a fistfight over who would win the final four game between Louisville and Kentucky.


Topic One: Race Relations
Exploiting the Trayvon Martin tragedy: "Reasonable, decent Americans know that trying the Martin/Zimmerman case in the media is wrong. Pure and simple. Ironically, the people who are screaming for justice for Trayvon are acting like a lynch mob. Folks, my point is that Democrats are committed to dividing black and white Americans along racial lines. Democrats are running to microphones and TV cameras spreading irresponsible, racially inflammatory rhetoric as if it were 1950 rather than 2012. Sharpton said at the Trayvon rally, "We've come to tell you enough is enough. We are tired of going to jail for nothing, and others going home for something." Jesse Jackson said, "Blacks are under attack." According to the Democrats' take on race relations in America, it is inconceivable that our nation's first family is black."

Obama's big lie: "Obama implies that we all share some collective guilt for Trayvon's killing. And this is a favorite tactic of the left: We all created the "climate" that led Trayvon Martin to bang George Zimmerman's head on the pavement and led George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon point blank. The "climate" argument allows for all sorts of political maneuvering and situational exploitation. It allows MSNBC hosts to go on the air and blame Rush Limbaugh. It gives leeway for congressmen to invite Trayvon's parents to the Hill to pander to minority members of Congress about Florida's "stand your ground law" — a law that had nothing to do with the killing if Zimmerman is really as guilty as his opponents suggest, and a law that may have saved Zimmerman's life if the situation went down as Zimmerman and witnesses suggest."


Time for a Laugh:
"Yesterday Joe Biden thanked Dr. Pepper instead of a woman named Dr. Paper. Biden apologized and said he meant no disre-sprite."
-Conan O'Brien


Topic Two: Energy
The Anti-Energy Administration: "Our America today is very different from the America of some years ago. Government spending is greatly increased, as is the regulation of our economy. The growing size and reach of our government is sapping our nation's strength and independence. And our current president's policies have been quite different from our leaders of some years ago. One of the best examples of these public policy changes is the huge increase in government regulation in how we generate and use energy, with its negative impact on supply, its focus on financing new and inefficient energy industries, and the resulting higher costs. The policy of the Obama administration has been not to increase the energy supplies that are so critical to our nation's economic health, but to limit them, to increase energy prices, and to make energy more expensive."


Debt Watch:
$15,579,852,946,457.64
( As of Friday, March 29, 2012 )

Change: -$358,857,081
Your share as a citizen: $49,864.91
Share per household: $136,383.04
Debt since Obama inauguration: $4,952,975,897,545


Topic Three: Voter ID
IDs are now required to take the SAT, but not for voting?: "Students will soon have to "upload photos of themselves when they register for ACT and SAT exams." This new regulation is intended to "close a gaping hole in standardized-test security that allowed students to cheat and steal admissions offers and scholarship money from kids who played by the rules." Students will be asked "to certify their identity" in writing," with the understanding that "impersonating another student could result in criminal prosecution." So if identification is needed to register for college admissions examinations, why shouldn't photo identification be required of American voters?"

Meanwhile, those that voter ID laws are supposedly disenfranchising are supporting the requirement. MRCTV's Dan Joseph traveled to downtown Washington DC to gauge the support for voter ID requirements.


Tweet of the Day:
David Burge (@iowahawkblog):
Hey #p2 if you think Medicare can survive "as we know it", you're dumb enough to think raising taxes on oil cos will help gas prices #ohwait


Topic Four: ObamaCare
An excellent article by Andrew Klavan on how good intentions destroy freedom: "In other words, there’s always a good reason to take your freedom away — your health, the poor, your evil opinions, the lousy way you raise your kids — and never a reason to preserve freedom except the love of freedom itself. Thus, so often, the people destroying the American way of life are actually nice people who just want to help. ... When they propose an answer to rising health care costs or poverty or traffic jams or whatever, they are forced to show how the solution will not encroach on our liberty. Because if liberty is not the first principle of government, it will soon be no principle at all."

It's not just the mandate: "ObamaCare supporters were hit with more bad news recently when the Congressional Budget Office announced that the health care law would cost nearly twice the original estimates: $1.76 trillion over ten years rather than $940 billion. Of course, such “unexpected” cost overruns are nothing new for government programs. When Medicare was passed in 1965, it was predicted to cost $12 billion by 1990. In reality, it cost a whopping $110 billion, almost 10 times more than predicted. But the escalating economic costs of ObamaCare will pale in comparison to the escalating losses of freedom. The infringement of personal freedom receiving the most attention lately has been the “individual mandate” requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. This issue is at the heart of the current legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. But ObamaCare imposes numerous other mandates and controls."


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy."

-Benjamin Franklin


Topic Five: Reviving the Economy
Frederick W. Smith, Chairman of FedEx, discusses how we can revitalize the American economy: "Despite some recent short-term positive economic signs, America remains on a slippery economic slope. Social Security funding and health-care costs remain ominous financial threats to our nation. Unless we come up with long-term solutions to grow the American economy, create more jobs and maintain our standard of living, we run the risk of a societal meltdown. We need to deal right now with three issues critical to renewing the American economy and sparking growth: reducing our reliance on imported petroleum; combating overregulation; and revitalizing business through tax reform, education and training."

Obama claims he was dealt a bad hand, and therefore, he deserves a break. But could things be better? AEI's James Pethokoukis thinks they could be: "But this excuse doesn’t quite make it off the runway. A Federal Reserve study from late last year looked at the behavior of recoveries from recessions across 59 advanced and emerging market economies during the last 40 years. The Fed found, to no great surprise, that recoveries “tend to be faster” after severe recessions, such as the one we just had. It’s the “rubber-band effect”: The deeper the downturn, the more robust the rebound — unless government messes things up. For example, during the 1981-82 recession, output fell by 2.7 percent and then rose by 15.9 percent over the next 10 quarters (at an average pace of 6.0 percent). During the Great Recession, output fell even more, by 5.1 percent. But during the 10 quarters since, total economic output is up only a paltry 6.2 percent. Score one for Reaganomics."


Tomorrow in History
March 31, 1918 - Daylight savings time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.


Grab Bag - Interesting and Important Stories to Conclude Your Evening: Conservatives, Liberals, and Values

Watch Wisconsin

The other recall in Wisconsin

Sunstein misguided on regulation

When a lie becomes the truth

The unseen message in "The Hunger Games"

No more $5 footlongs in San Francisco



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