February 28, 2014
Mr. President, while you were out, Syria called to see if you still cared, and the Free Press stopped by to complain. You also missed your appointment with the 3.6 million long term unemployed. They said they’d try to catch you later.
February 26, 2014
From the Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom (1786):
That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
And though we well know this Assembly, elected by the people for the ordinary purposes of legislation only, have no powers equal to our own and that therefore to declare this act irrevocable would be of no effect in law, yet we are free to declare, and do declare, that the rights hereby asserted are of the natural rights of mankind, and that if any act shall be hereafter passed to repeal the present or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.
Read the entire act, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, here.
February 21, 2014
Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute makes interesting comparisons of Presidents Obama, Reagan and Bush. The difference in impact of their respective economic policies are significant:
In short, Reagan’s economic policies rapidly grew the economy and jobs while reducing inflation. While not responsible for the recession of 2007/2008, Obama’s economic policies have failed to generate a robust recovery. Instead, Obama continued or accelerated “big government” policies initiated by George W. Bush, with slower economic growth and minimal job production. In other words, controlled government spending and limited regulations lead to growth and jobs. Higher deficit spending and increased regulations lead to slower growth and fewer jobs.
If we want results like President Reagan had, then we need to change our policies to emulate his conservative approach. If we want continued economic stagnation, then we should continue the policies of Obama and Bush.
U.S. Constitution, Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
According to Ajit Pai, a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC will soon be “abridging” the freedom of the press. In a program called, “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” (CIN), the FCC will be gathering data from news sources including TV, radio, internet, and newspaper organizations to analyze “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.” While participation is voluntary, the FCC controls operating licenses for most of these news outlets. The FCC will then determine what news is “critical” for the public and for underserved populations. Of course, this means they will also determine which news is not “critical.”
Pai believes that the government has no right to monitor what news is broadcast and why. Nor does the government have the right to directly influence content, determining what news the public should or should not see. Leaders and members of the US House Energy & Commerce Committee agree. Finally, this study includes newspapers and other print outlets, which do NOT fall under the authority of the FCC.
You can read the FCC plan for the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” (CIN) here.
February 19, 2014
Representative Eric Cantor after a recent trip to the Nazi death camps at at Auschwitz and Birkenau:
“And, standing there as the frigid wind swept through the eerily quiet ruins of the camp, I could not help but regret that American action in World War II came too late to save countless millions of innocent lives. Hitler’s rise and conquest of Europe did not come as a surprise. Nor were the Allied Powers ignorant of the Nazi death camps to which millions of innocents were being shipped like cattle bound for the slaughter.
“The free world chose not to act against Hitler’s aggression until it was too late. Americans, war weary and anxious after experiencing the horrors of World War I, largely ignored the conflict erupting on the Continent, and the prevailing sentiment was to avoid involvement in the burgeoning conflicts in Europe and Asia.
“This isolationist sentiment lasted years, until the bombing of Pearl Harbor woke the American people from their slumber. We must not repeat the same mistake by reducing our preparedness, accepting the notion that we are one of many or ceding global leadership to others.
You can read his complete speech here.