Showdown Begins Over Lifeline to Automakers
(FROM: Washington Post) I read somewhere that a 50 percent reduction in production at our big three automakers could mean, aside from the natural domino effect of such things, upwards of 2.5 million jobs lost. Two-and-a-half MILLION jobs. In fact, I know a few people who would likely be among those who could be given their walking papers. These are people with families, houses, children, people who work their butts off to get ahead. However, we simply cannot be bailing out these companies, regardless of how big or important they are. When does it stop? Of course, the automakers are feeling the heat from the credit crunch. Of course these things are cyclical. However, much of the problems with GM, Ford and Chrysler are centered in their structures, and like a father begrudgingly paying off his shop-a-holic daughter’s credit card balances when the minimum payments become too much for her to bear, unless the fundamental habits change, the same problem will rear its ugly head again in the near future. Detroit needs to take a good, hard look at its internal structure, and we all have to take a good look at how the federal government is weighing in — the reason that the American automakers’ overseas business is doing so much better than here is simple: less regulation, less union involvement. No matter the extent of American ingenuity, no matter how advanced the ideas, the Big Three in America are hopelessly beholden to the unions and encumbered by labor unions.
- Obama Pushes for $50 Billion for Automakers, Oversight Czar (Bloomberg)
- Ron Paul Says Bailout is Morally Wrong (CNS News)
- AmEx Shares Fall 10 Percent on Report its Seeking $3.5 Billion from Government (Yahoo! Finance)
Obama and Missile Defense
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) It is no wonder that Vladimir Putin wants to work himself back into the Russian presidency. It is no wonder that Russian missiles were placed near the EU border on November 5, the day following Obama’s historic Election Day triumph. They see a weakness, and that weakness manifested itself, according to author John Bolton, in a telephone conversation with Polish President Lech Kaczynski, during which the president-elect just wouldn’t commit one way or another on the future of the missile defense system which Poland went out on a limb to support.
Mr. Kaczynski raised the subject, given the recent U.S.-Polish agreement to base missile defense assets in Poland. In the words of the Polish press statement about the call, Mr. Kaczynski heard Mr. Obama say “that the missile defense project would continue.”
The Obama transition promptly issued a rebuttal: “President-elect Obama made no commitment on it. His position is as it was throughout the campaign — that he supports deploying a missile defense system when the technology is proved to be workable.”
This was a remarkable statement. Mr. Obama contradicted a head of state, clinging to a campaign position that could most kindly be described as weak and ambiguous. The statement also reflected a naiveté in the structuring of such transition conversations — and future dealings with truly unfriendly foreign leaders — that could have been avoided.
Jonah Goldberg: The GOP Looking Glass
(FROM: Townhall) Here, the question is whether or not George W. Bush was a “conservative” president, and the answer will determine in large part where the Republican Party goes, ideologically, in the future. While Goldberg cites several conservative successes, including the nomination of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Sam Alito (I still cannot help but wonder how close we were to having Justices Harriet Miers and Alberto Gonzalez instead), he also mentions quite a few of his failures as a conservative, including but not limited to signing John McCain and Russ Feingold’s Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act and endorsing McCain and Ted Kennedy’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. One particularly telling quote: “In 2003,” writes Goldberg, “Bush proclaimed that when ‘somebody hurts’ government has to ‘move.’” While Goldberg is also correct in noting that “politics is not binary” when it comes to the conservative/liberal divide, that last part sure doesn’t sound like conservative thought to me.
John Stossel: The Road to Serfdom
(FROM: Townhall) Ronald Reagan once said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language were “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” I tend to agree. So does Stossel, who sees the election of Barack Obama as a harbinger of increased big government involvement in the daily lives of Americans from coast to coast.
It’s exciting that the world is so excited about Barack Obama. I’m excited, too. That he achieved the presidency says something good about America.
But the excitement also frightens me. It reinforces the worst impulse of the media and political class: the assumption that all progress comes from Washington. In a free society, with constitutionally limited government, the president would be a mere executive who sees to it that predictable and understandable laws are enforced. But sadly, the prestige and power of the presidency have grown, and liberty has contracted. That is not something to celebrate.
Ted Nugent: RINO Season is Now Open
(FROM: Human Events) As a former registered Democrat, I never thought that I would see eye-to-eye with the likes of Ted Nugent. The “Nuge.” Good Lord, I guess that means that my transformation is complete, like Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, only without the messed-up motorcycle face. Nugent, in this concise piece written as only he can, manages to reiterate in his own style exactly what I’ve been saying since the morning of November 5 — it’s time for the Republican Party to return to its conservative roots. It’s stuff you’ve heard before, but his writing is infinitely more fun to read than mine–I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “wimps” before at America’s Right–so please take a look. (I liked the artwork so much that I had to bring it here — Brett Noel is responsible. Great work.)
Look Out, Here Comes the Fairness Doctrine
(FROM: YouTube/Fox News Channel)
(FROM: Townhall) This ran deeper than I thought. The Bush administration, it seems, overtly suspended deportation enforcement activities, likely in order to spare Obama some embarrassment. The sarcastic part of me asks, “how is this any different from Bush’s illegal immigration policies?” and another part of me looks at it as another way that Obama has shown to be above the law, while most of me is just sad and frustrated.
Victor Davis Hanson: The Same Old Change
(FROM: National Review) When I read Hanson’s work, I am always amazed with how clearly and concisely he makes his points. A real professional. This piece is no different, offering up clear examples of the double standards from the media, from Congress and more that we can look forward to dealing with in this upcoming administration.
Supremes Save Sonar
(FROM: Human Events) By now, you know the backstory: environmentalists object to the U.S. Navy’s use of sonar in exercises off of the southern California coast because it could interfere with the lives and habits of whales and other sea creatures. Thankfully, we have a Court which sees that the national security repercussions of ceasing Naval exercises outweigh the effects of those exercises on whales. What’s scary to me, however, is that once again Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote. I’m fairly certain that, in the term before last, Kennedy was on the majority side of all of the decisions during that term — meaning that one Justice holds the balance between a Court which employs a strict constructionist perspective and one which views the Constitution as a living, breathing document. That little, tiny balance, with Barack Obama heading into four years in the White House, just gives me the willies.
History Favors Republicans in 2010
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) I don’t know where Karl Rove gets his numbers, but it’s nice to hear him optimistic for a change. Particularly interesting were the lagging numbers among Republicans who, golly gee, for some reason didn’t seem exceptionally motivated to come to the polls.
Then there were those who didn’t show up. There were 4.1 million fewer Republicans voting this year than in 2004. Some missing Republicans had turned independent or Democratic for this election. But most simply stayed home. Ironically for a campaign that featured probably the last Vietnam veteran to run for president, 2.7 million fewer veterans voted. There were also 4.1 million fewer voters who attend religious services more than once a week. Americans aren’t suddenly going to church less; something was missing from the campaign to draw out the more religiously observant.
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