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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cruising the Web

The WSJ explains how Obama's proposed tax increase on corporate dividends hurts everyone.

Aren't higher gas prices the goal of the Obama administration? They just don't want to acknowledge that they're achieving their goal. And Obama is being deceptive to take credit for any increased domestic production. That is coming from permits granted by Clinton and Bush. He will not be leaving such a benefit for his successors.

Daniel Pipes reminds us
that the status of Palestinian refugees is based on a strange definition established by the U.N. that doesn't apply to refugees of any other conflict.

Thomas Sowell dissects the "fairness fraud."

Newt Gingrich has had "transcendent self regard" ever since he appeared on the scene. Back in 1979, he told his congressional staf that he job was to "save the West."


Kurt said...

I'm not fan of Gingrich, but his claim that his role in public office was one of "saving the west" doesn't bother me in the least. He was a history professor before getting into politics, and professors in history or the humanities are often prone to speaking in hyperbole about the importance of their work. The applicant for a grant in the humanities who doesn't imagine his or her research fitting into some sort of world-historical vision isn't likely to be funded because the research will be deemed unimportant or insignificant.

tfhr said...


I understand your point but what was Newt saving when he sat down next to Nancy Pelosi in that commercial?

Rick Caird said...

Global Warming has been a hot button issue for years and that was what the commercial about. Some of us have been skeptics since the early 2000's but we did not have much traction. In view of that, it is not hard to see why Gingrich would unite with Pelosi to address what seemed to be a major global problem.

Second, any "transcendent self regard" Gingrich may have pales in the face of Obama and his self regard.

tfhr said...

Rick Caird,

We agree on your second point.

I viewed the commercial as an overplayed effort by Gingrich to remain relevant in the political discussion of the day. And that's all "Global Warming" and its warmed over cousin, "Climate Change" amount to - a political discussion.

equitus said...

"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility; I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change." - Frank Lloyd Wright

History is full of such men (and a few women), and thank heavens for that. How else to find the will to carry on? Motivated by principle rather than by power. And I think it's safe to say that most of them were not without their flaws (often fatal).

Newt has more than his share of flaws, and his apparent ADHD and political expediences aren't helping. But I think we could do a lot worse than a Gingrich presidency, and more likely achieve the kind of paradigm shift we are overdue for.

I admit, I'm sometimes dismayed by Betsy's complicity in Newt's destruction. I'll continue to respect and support our host, but I am reminded that none of us are without our flaws.