February 20, 2009
We’ve all seen the bumper stickers. They are a somber black with white numbering: 1.20.09. They appeared shortly after George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004. In one sense, they were reassuring. Those who hated Bush-and they were intense-were indicating their willingness to wait for the end of his constitutionally prescribed term. The real crazies wanted to impeach him. Some members of the loony Left wanted something even worse.
It’s now just one month after the day longed for by millions. I’ve been struggling to recall anything said in that Inaugural Address. I remember the day-cold and clear. I recall the wonderful crowds-millions of people, cheerful and hopeful. At least 1.8 million folks came to the National Mall and not one person was arrested. God bless them.
Still, it is strange, isn’t it, that we cannot recall any ringing phrase, any soaring statement from that long-awaited day of days?
February 20, 2009
“Some governors might reject funds,” blared the headline in USAToday. The story detailed the fact that about $144 billion of the huge $787 billion “stimulus” package President Obama signed this week will go to the states.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) was not one of those governors, most of them Republicans, who were leery of the gift horse Washington was promising their states.
Still, Gov. Patrick said the $9 billion slated for the Bay State would “not be a panacea.”
Not a panacea, but maybe a Pandora’s Box. South Carolina’s Gov. Mark Sanford is head of the Republican Governors Association. He warns about the impact of programs funded by this sudden windfall from Washington. “You get this huge slug of money. It funds programs for a couple of years, and then what? You get it started, you get a constituency established, and then we’re supposed to yank the rug out from under people when the federal money runs out?” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) echoed Sanford’s concerns: “It’s not fair to Alaskans,” she said, “to create programs that won’t be sustainable.”
February 20, 2009
Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.
- “Do you own a human embryo?,” Rebecca Taylor, Mary Meets Dolly The New Mexico State Senate just passed a stem cell research bill that would allow scientists to destroy embryos left over from IVF Treatments, in addition to considering an embryo property.
- “The Mandate Trap,” Philip Klein, AmSpecBlog With the talk of health care reform being addressed shortly in Congress, this article is worth reading, especially since it discusses the ramifications of the possibilities of government ran health care.
- “If It Moves, Tax It,” Doug Mataconis, Below The Beltway With the recent passage of the Stimulus bill, you might wonder how much will be left in your pockets. Now, it seems that the Secretary of Transportation is considering adding a tax based on how much you drive. I guess the title of this post is true, “If It Moves, Tax It.”
- “The Omnibust is coming! The Omnibust is coming!,” Tom McClusky, Kitchen Table Blog The Omnibus Bill is due to arrive next week in Congress, so beware of the pork and federal funding of research involving human embryos.
February 20, 2009
Here’s what we are reading today.
- “Pro-Life Pastor Hoye Gets 30 Days in Jail for Helping Women at Abortion Center,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (February 19, 2009)
- “Funding for adult stem cell research,” Tulsa Beacon (February 19, 2009)
- “5 Myths About Education Reform,” Kalman R. Hettleman, The Washington Post (February 20, 2009)
- “Virginia Board of Education to Vote on Accountability Changes,” Associated Press (February 19, 2009)
- “Wisconsin governor proposes same-sex partnerships,” Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press (February 19, 2009)
- “Why Are Teenagers “Sexting”?,” MSNBC (February 19, 2009)
- “Arkansas: Abortion Measure Passes,” Steve Barnes, The New York Times (February 19, 2009)
- “Lawmakers Gird for Next Abortion Battle,” Stephen Clark, FOXNews.com (February 19, 2009)
- “Tiller’s lawyers say copies of abortion records were mailed to Kline,” Ron Sylvester, Kansas City Star (February 19, 2009)
- “Abortion bill passes first test in Senate,” Kahrin Deines, Associated Press (February 20, 2009)
- “Senior judges refuse euthanasia appeal,” The Christian Institute (February 20, 2009)
- “Annapolis tattoo debate turns into abortion clash,” Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun (February 19, 2009)
- “Equal opportunities .. not outcomes,” Ken Blackwell, The Washington Times (February 20, 2009)
Family Research Council
February 19, 2009
POSITION: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY
NOMINEE: Kathleen Sebelius
Born: Cincinnati, Ohio, May 15, 1948
Family: Husband, K. Gary Sebelius, and two sons.
Occupation: 44th Governor of Kansas
Education: B.A. Trinity Washington University, Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas.
Work history: Jan 2003-present, Governor of Kansas (term-limited, term ends Jan 2011)
1994-2002, Kansas Insurance Commissioner
1987-1994, Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
1977-1987, Director of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
1975-1977, Aide with the Kansas Department of Corrections
February 19, 2009
In a cedar chest at my home is a woolen thermal shirt. This is not just any thermal shirt; it is a part of history and a reminder. The shirt was a government issue, given to my grandfather. As a young man during the Great Depression, he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps planting trees, building parks, and working on other public conservation projects. My grandfather earned a dollar a day.
The debate still continues among economists as to whether or not those vast public works projects that President Roosevelt launched through the CCC and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) along with other government spending helped end the nation’s worst economic crisis.
Regardless, FDR’s New Deal and the opportunities that it offered were significant to the many struggling families who were unemployed during a time when unemployment stood at almost 25%. Between 1935-1943 over 8 million Americans were on the payroll of the WPA alone.
FDR’s actions were controversial as he took the counterintuitive approach promoted by English economist John Maynard Keynes to increase government spending during hard economic times. They called it “priming the pump.” FDR’s efforts led to a radical and lasting expansion of the power and reach of the federal government.
Parallels have been drawn between the New Deal and the present government response to the financial crisis - but there are vast differences. The stimulus measure signed by President Obama this week, which according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office will cost about $1.3 trillion, will, according to the President, preserve or create 3-4 million jobs. Keep in mind that adjusted for inflation this stimulus measure will probably cost 3 times what the New Deal cost.
The overall cost of government spending designed to revive the economy will go even higher as the President announced a mortgage bailout this week that could cost up to another $250 billion dollars.
There is a vast difference between spending government money to create short-lived public works jobs and expanding the size and scope of federal agencies and directly bailing out bad mortgages. It may sound simplistic, but a government inspired hand up is much different than a government handout, and the implications will be lasting and far reaching, not only on the size of government but also on the American ethic.
The effect of FDR’s economic philosophy was so pronounced that 30 years later in 1971, President Richard Nixon said “We’re all Keynesians now.” The impact of this present economic approach is even more powerful — so much so that before it has even been implemented, a recent cover story of Newsweek declared: “We are all Socialists Now.”
February 19, 2009
February is Black History Month, and we are reminded of the many African-Americans who have made remarkable contributions to our great country. Sadly, I am reminded also of the huge number of African-American babies aborted every day in the United States snuffing out enormous future potential from this community. Adding insult to injury, evidence has surfaced over the last few months concerning anti-African-American attitudes in the abortion industry.
I refer to the explosive news regarding racist behavior by employees of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A student reporter at UCLA who did some investigative journalism released some shocking recordings showing that the eugenic and racial origins of Planned Parenthood are evident in the work of the organization even today.