Thursday, May 13, 2010

News that if you think about it, is expected

Which Would You Want--Lower Spending or Higher Taxes?

"According to the survey, less than one in five voters is willing to pay more taxes to lower the federal budget deficit. That’s probably because two-thirds of Americans believe that the country is already over-taxed, and more than eight in ten believe that the federal deficit is the result of politicians overspending, not a lack of tax revenue."

As someone who has been around for a while, lower spending is the only logical choice. Somehow when you raise taxes, politicians find even more ways to spend the money and the deficit never goes down.

Remember in the late 1990s when the deficit was tamed? It was lower spending not increased taxes that brought that about.

From Instapundit:

EUGENE VOLOKH ON bisexual erasure. Well, the Kagan nomination certainly seems to have inspired one of those “national conversations” people are always calling for — this time on sexuality.

When I read this it occurred to me that it is the left who are constantly calling for "national conversations" on things they want to change. However, on issues that they've already gotten their way, they aren't too keen on these conversations.

A couple of examples of a national conversation I've not heard the left ask for include ending affirmative action or a national conversation on the under representation of men in college and post graduate work (degrees) or a national conversation on the science of anthropogenic global warming.

It reminds me of the old saying, "What's mine is mine. What's yours is negotiable."

Obama losing Jewish Support

If senior journalist David Goldman is right, the correct word for describing the way a growing number of US Jews feel about President Barack Obama is not 'anger' but 'rage' – white-hot rage, at that, and a conviction that they have been swindled.

Goldman quoted a top Jewish campaign donor who used the word 'sociopath' to describe Obama. In an interview with Israel National News, he predicted a possibly dramatic 'train wreck' for the Democrats in the November mid-term elections, with Jewish fundraising for Democrats drying up and a possibly high turnout of anti-Obama evangelical Christians

Recent surveys are indicating that Obama has lost about half the support he had in his presidential bid from Jewish voters.

Holder's conundrum

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona's new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn't yet read the law and is going by what he's read in newspapers or seen on television.

With the American people supporting the law by 2 to 1, but the MSM running anti Arizona law by 12 to 1 perhaps Mr. Holder should read the law, or at least turn on Fox News.

Worse than waterboarding?

During the Bush administration many people felt he had taken away rights of American citizens. Most notably was the Patriot Act and the warrentless wiretaps. We now have a situation where the Obama Administration has made sure that Anwar al-Alwaki, a US citizen, will not have his telephone tapped without due process, but has put him on a list for the CIA to assassinate.

“American citizenship doesn’t give you carte blanche to wage war against your own country,” said a counterterrorism official who discussed the classified program on condition of anonymity. “If you cast your lot with its enemies, you may well share their fate.”

Although I agree with this decision by the Obama Administration, I do think it puts the left in the position of seeming hypocritical. Tapping a phone or even water boarding doesn't seem to be as heinous as a summary execution by the government.

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