Friday, September 14, 2012

Cruising the Web

John Stossel refutes the myths underlying Clinton's speech at the DNC.

The real problem behind our unemployment numbers is not layoffs but resistance to hiring. And what is causing that: the wariness business owners have about how increased regulation and taxes are going to affect them. If we don't change those policies, don't expect a change in the unemployment picture.

It's always about him. So Obama tells campaign workers how they're similar to the embassy officials killed in the Middle East. And he told workers at the State Department that he values their work because he lived abroad as a child. It's always about him.

Daniel Henninger laments how far today's Democratic Party has moved from its traditions.
Mitt Romney—whose own political conversation is remarkably bereft of history—ought to be explaining to Democrats-turned-independent how far Mr. Obama has moved their party from its traditions. FDR's Social Security and LBJ's Medicare asked all to buy in to supporting it. ObamaCare doesn't; Mr. Obama revels in explaining how "they" will pay for "you." Left unanswered, demagoguery can win elections. And take a generation to undo.

Keith Hennessey explains how Obama is twisting the stats to make his phony claims about how he has cut the deficit $4 trillion.

The Most Interesting Man in the World is going to raise money for The Most Arrogant Man in the World.

How whining grows the size of government.

So which college majors are the worst for getting a job?

Rich Lowry is exactly right. Saying that a presidential nominee should not be criticizing the incumbent's administration conduct of foreign policy belies our nation's history.
Does anyone remember the Vietnam War? I’m sure Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon would have loved a rule that put debating it off limits. Instead, the protesters and politicians who opposed the war have been lionized for four straight decades.
In 1980, the foreign-policy debate didn’t stop because Americans were held hostage in Tehran. Nor did it stop in 2004 because Americans were fighting and dying in Iraq. Sen. John Kerry used the occasion of the 1,000th death in Iraq to attack everything about the war. One of his ads included the graphic: “2 Americans beheaded just this week.”

Steve Chapman explains how the auto bailout was the opposite of building economic vitality in our car industry.


mark said...

Again, conservatives are making a false argument. Of course a candidate (or anyone) has a right to criticize a president's actions. Most people see Romney's actions for what they were: inaccurate, ill-timed, cowardly politics.

This is the Embassy statement put out before the attack:

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

Just where is the apology for American values? What are the words here that Romney and you all object to?

To top it off, Romney then makes this statement:

I think the whole film is a terrible idea. I think him making it, promoting it showing it is disrespectful to people of other faiths. I don’t think that should happen. I think people should have the common courtesy and judgment– the good judgment– not to be– not to offend other peoples’ faiths. It’s a very bad thing, I think, this guy’s doing.

There used to be a bit of reason here. Betsy, are you joining the Michelle Bachman-Sarah Palin wing of the party?

equitus said...

Something about US officials "rejecting" and "condemning" an exercise of free speech. Seems wrong to me.

Maybe if we just arrest the film maker, this will all just go away.

mark said...

And you're okay with Romney's statement? Why?
Were you offended when Gen. Petraeus personally asked that scumbag Terry Jones to not burn Qurans? He certainly asked him to not exercise his freedom of speech. Was he "apologizing for American values"?
It makes absolutely no sense to be offended by the Embassy statement, yet give a pass to Romney and Gen. Petraeus.

In both cases, statements were made to diffuse potentially dangerous situations. It's easy to fake outrage from the comfort and safety of your home. But it's also cowardly.

Unfortunately, that's become common here.

equitus said...

The language used by government officials here clearly seeks to suppress this individuals 1st Amendment rights. It isn't yet extra-legal, but it implies the potential use of the government's monopoly on force.

Romney's statement makes a judgment on the wisdom and propriety of this particular exercise of free speech. I don't see anything in his statement suggesting the person should be prohibited from making the movie.

"I don't think it should happen," starts to come close, but that's a far cry from "condemning" and "rejecting" by government officials.

Locomotive Breath said...

Here's what happened to the film maker. And they even have on brown shirts.

He's covered his own face. That's so you can't see the bullseye this administration just painted on his forehead.

mark said...

You're grasping.

How many despicable things are in your idiotic post?

The filmmaker is a felon on probation. He's covering himself because he's afraid of being identified. He didn't worry about the consequences of his film, but he is worried about his safety. According to the article you linked to, he came in for a voluntary interview. The officers you compared to Hitler's stormtroopers were police officers providing protection.
And now you're accusing the Obama administration of plotting to kill him?
Are you trying to make this piece of garbage a hero?

Amazing how low this site will go.