Thursday, December 8, 2011

Niall Ferguson Endorses Mitt Romney for President

This is a fantastic and under-reported endorsement! Read the official endorsement here.

Read the whole thing if you want, but this is how the endorsement ends:

Actually, the best case for Mitt Romney was just made by the other side. In an unintentionally hilarious piece, The New York Times attempted a hatchet job based on his time as the founder and CEO of Bain Capital: “After a Romney Deal, Profits and Then Layoffs.”

You’re not going to believe this. You know what this evil [corporate raider] did? Yes, that’s right. He used borrowed money to take over failing companies. And that’s not all. He fired some of the folks who worked at those companies. Wait, it gets even worse. He restored those companies to profitability. I know, I know. And—to cap it all—he made hundreds of millions of dollars doing it.

Pretty funny, isn’t it? Because that’s exactly the business model of private equity and leveraged buyouts that [helped make this country great]. And as I was reading about Romney’s very impressive business career, I was reminded of [others].

These days, [successful people] are vilified as members of the “1 percent”—the rich elite that the Occupopulists blame for all our ills. Their remedy? Taxes that take the money [successful people] gave to great causes like the Children’s Scholarship Fund and channel it to the federal government, which has such a terrific record of managing money, after all.

In Europe these days, the answer to fiscal crisis is to put a technocrat in charge. But I think you’d agree with me that what the U.S. government really needs is a private-equity guy in the White House.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

American Dissident

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wanted to meet with American dissidents during his visit to the United States for the UN General Assembly.

Mission Accomplished.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Gateway to Liberty

There was a brilliant exchange between David Horowitz and Glenn Beck that had to have been the most spot-on assessment of the new Democrat party, the liberal/secular progressive agenda, and their oppression of those individuals whom they claim to represent. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

His advice for the millions of now awakening citizenry is to work at undoing the false premises espoused by the socialist progressives. Their social engineering plans have formed a tyrannical relationship between themselves and those who are in most need of the liberating principles found in our Constitution. Recall the poem engraved within the Statue of Liberty, "The New Colossus". The great principles upon which we thrive as a nation are designed for the same people who arrive as huddled masses yearning to breathe free. --JD

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Emma Lazarus, 1883

Friday, September 4, 2009

Charles Krauthammer: Obama the Mortal

I would have to say this is my favortie summation piece to date.

Obama, the Mortal

By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, September 4, 2009

What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of any new president in polling history save Gerald Ford (post-Nixon pardon)?

The conventional wisdom is that Obama made a tactical mistake by farming out his agenda to Congress and allowing himself to be pulled left by the doctrinaire liberals of the Democratic congressional leadership. But the idea of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi pulling Obama left is quite ridiculous. Where do you think he came from, this friend of Chávista ex-terrorist William Ayers, of PLO apologist Rashid Khalidi, of racialist inciter Jeremiah Wright?

But forget the character witnesses. Just look at Obama's behavior as president, beginning with his first address to Congress. Unbidden, unforced and unpushed by the congressional leadership, Obama gave his most deeply felt vision of America, delivering the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by a U.S. president. In American politics, you can't get more left than that speech and still be on the playing field.

In a center-right country, that was problem enough. Obama then compounded it by vastly misreading his mandate. He assumed it was personal. This, after winning by a mere seven points in a year of true economic catastrophe, of an extraordinarily unpopular Republican incumbent, and of a politically weak and unsteady opponent. Nonetheless, Obama imagined that, as Fouad Ajami so brilliantly observed, he had won the kind of banana-republic plebiscite that grants caudillo-like authority to remake everything in one's own image.

Accordingly, Obama unveiled his plans for a grand makeover of the American system, animating that vision by enacting measure after measure that greatly enlarged state power, government spending and national debt. Not surprisingly, these measures engendered powerful popular skepticism that burst into tea-party town-hall resistance.

Obama's reaction to that resistance made things worse. Obama fancies himself tribune of the people, spokesman for the grass roots, harbinger of a new kind of politics from below that would upset the established lobbyist special-interest order of Washington. Yet faced with protests from a real grass-roots movement, his party and his supporters called it a mob -- misinformed, misled, irrational, angry, unhinged, bordering on racist. All this while the administration was cutting backroom deals with every manner of special interest -- from drug companies to auto unions to doctors -- in which favors worth billions were quietly and opaquely exchanged.

"Get out of the way" and "don't do a lot of talking," the great bipartisan scolded opponents whom he blamed for creating the "mess" from which he is merely trying to save us. If only they could see. So with boundless confidence in his own persuasiveness, Obama undertook a summer campaign to enlighten the masses by addressing substantive objections to his reforms.

Things got worse still. With answers so slippery and implausible and, well, fishy, he began jeopardizing the most fundamental asset of any new president -- trust. You can't say that the system is totally broken and in need of radical reconstruction, but nothing will change for you; that Medicare is bankrupting the country, but $500 billion in cuts will have no effect on care; that you will expand coverage while reducing deficits -- and not inspire incredulity and mistrust. When ordinary citizens understand they are being played for fools, they bristle.

After a disastrous summer -- mistaking his mandate, believing his press, centralizing power, governing left, disdaining citizens for (of all things) organizing -- Obama is in trouble.

Let's be clear: This is a fall, not a collapse. He's not been repudiated or even defeated. He will likely regroup and pass some version of health insurance reform that will restore some of his clout and popularity.

But what has occurred -- irreversibly -- is this: He's become ordinary. The spell is broken. The charismatic conjurer of 2008 has shed his magic. He's regressed to the mean, tellingly expressed in poll numbers hovering at 50 percent.

For a man who only recently bred a cult, ordinariness is a great burden, and for his acolytes, a crushing disappointment. Obama has become a politician like others. And like other flailing presidents, he will try to salvage a cherished reform -- and his own standing -- with yet another prime-time speech.

But for the first time since election night in Grant Park, he will appear in the most unfamiliar of guises -- mere mortal, a treacherous transformation to which a man of Obama's supreme self-regard may never adapt.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Pledge

This is my pledge:

I plege allegiance to the flag of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands,
ONE nation,
with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all.


Keys to effective propaganda:
1. You should see an idolatrous image of the supreme leader.
2. You should be able to easily agree with most of the message and be comforted to see familiar faces of pop-icons and celebrities.
3. You may then realize that some suggestive messages are sandwiched between comedy or other feel-good ideas. (my wife pointed this out to me)

4. Then you should see that obedience to the supreme leader is the way to go as you swear allegiance to him saying "I pledge to be a SERVANT to our President."

5. Then in unison many voices should join together to repeat "Together we can, together we ARE, and together we will be the CHANGEe that 'WE' Seek!"

Lastly, You should go buy a gun, because this S@#! is for real!

"This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector." -- Plato