Ex-Commies Prefer Flat Tax
Great reading from The Hoover Institution:
"In the three years since the top rate of PIT was reduced from 30% to 13%, real flat tax revenue has risen by 79.7%. Russia's budget is relatively healthy. Tax compliance has improved. And incentives to work, save, and invest remain strong.
Now, if we could just get the holdout pinkos in Congress to grasp this.
Via Donald Luskin.
My Letter to the RNC Chairman
I recently received (another) fund raising letter in the mail from the RNC. Given that I'm pretty hacked off at President Bush over his lack of support for gun manufacturer lawsuit protection, his support of Specter of Toomey, immigration, the Medicare drug thing, among other issues, I sent my reply telling them (politely) to stuff it. The text of my letter is below. Please keep in mind that I'm being polite so maybe they'll take me seriously.
Dear Mr. Gillespie,
I recently received from you the picture of President Bush and your fundraising letter. The photo is very nice; thank you. However, the only thing I can say to the request for money is not just no, but HELL NO!
President Bush's term in office has been a disappointment to conservative Republicans and supporters of limited government. His "compassionate conservatism" in practice has much more in common with New Deal and Great Society liberalism than the conservative principles espoused by Goldwater, Reagan, and Gingrich. Among my friends, there is a term, RINO-Republican In Name Only. At least when it comes to domestic policies, this describes President Bush.
President Bush has presided, with the connivance of the GOP controlled Congress, over a period of massive government spending increases, spending money, as Jonah Goldberg put it, "like a potheaded teenager with a stolen credit card." The most egregious example of this is the recent Medicare prescription drug 'reform'-a program that will cost taxpayers hundreds of billions, if not at least a trillion, dollars over the coming decade. And the coming retirement of the Baby Boom will only make it worse. The Farm Subsidy bill, which, in addition to costing taxpayers billions, stands in violation of the ideas of free markets and free trade. The No Child Left Behind Act, which costs more taxpayer money and inserts the federal government into an area that should properly be the province of state and local governments. Federal government spending has increased every year President Bush has been in office, and at a rate that has greatly exceeded the combined rates of inflation and population growth.
Then there's the matter of the President's proposals on immigration, one of the most obvious and disgusting bits of vote pandering I have ever seen. Pardon me if I'm wrong here, but I was under the impression the Republican party stood for the rule of law and punishing those who break the law. So why did President Bush propose to reward lawbreakers by giving amnesty to those who broke our laws by entering the country illegally? Is he going to run for President of Mexico in 2008?
President Bush has also largely betrayed the interests of gun owners, a group of voters largely responsible for his victory in states such as West Virginia and Florida. Most prominently, he has endorsed the extension of the loathsome Clinton Assault Weapon Ban, an unconstitutional law whose passage helped lead to the GOP takeover of Congress in 1994. Further, even though he professed support for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, he did nothing to prevent the attachment of poisonous amendments to the bill, amendments which ultimately killed it. Finally, even though many infringements on Americans' Second Amendment rights take the form of Executive Orders which he has the power to easily rescind, President Bush has done nothing.
On the campaign trail, President Bush promised that he would nominate "textualist" Federal judges in the mold of Justices Scalia and Thomas. He has kept the promise to nominate such jurists, but then has failed to support them, leaving them to languish in the face of Democrat opposition. Meanwhile, liberal judges continued to abuse the natural rights of all Americans in cases such as Silveira v. Lockyer and the Michigan affirmative action case.
Then we come to what I see as the most cowardly, disgusting act of President Bush's tenure: signing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, also known as the Incumbent Protection Act. It is disgusting because of the egregious restraints it places on the free speech rights of all Americans, rights thought important enough by the Founding Fathers to be placed First among the Bill of Rights. It is cowardly because I believe that President Bush also believed that this law was wrong, but signed it rather than take the heat for standing up for principle, instead counting on the Supreme Court to do the dirty work for him. Well, five justices of the Supreme Court showed less spine than 5 randomly chosen earthworms, and now we're stuck with this evil law. Because the President was a coward.
The President has done some good things. I support his tax reductions, although I abhor the fact that they added still more volumes to the already insanely complicated tax code. And were it not for his steadfast pursuit of the War on Terror and the overriding duty of national security, I would not even consider voting for George W. Bush on November 2nd. I would vote Libertarian without a second thought. I will think long and hard about whom I will vote for.
I still hold out hope that the President will see the folly of trying to gain votes by supporting programs that might as well have been proposed by Lyndon Johnson. Until he does, he will receive no money from me.
Seen on FoxNews this Morning
Apparently today is Saddam's 67th birthday.
Enjoy your cell, asshole. May you celebrate the next one in hell.
An excellent story from a reporter embedded with the Marines in Falluajah here.
"I have spoken to a lot [of Marines] who have been engaged in some of these firefights. In fact, I was in one of the combat surgical rooms where they were working on a couple of these guys.
Two of them had been ambushed, not where the main fight is going on tonight, but their unit had been ambushed east of Fallujah. And seven people rolled in. There were two that had gunshot wounds. And they pulled a huge slug, a bullet, out of the leg of one of the Marines. And another one had a bullet wound right through the back.
And, amazingly, they were trying to convince their commanders that they were ready to go and go back out. I have been really surprised at ... the high degree of morale that these Marines have shown. Remember, they have only been here for a month and a half. Many of these units that are here now engaged in the initial invasion last year and were in Iraq for several months.
Now they're back. But they seem to be engaged. They're taking casualties. But it's really surprising. You don't see much head-dragging or anything like that. I mean, you know, what you see is kind of more encouragement for these guys.
And, for example, the one who had the gravest -- the bullet in and out through his back -- was trying to convince his commander that he'd be back. And his commander actually promised him that his spot was still going to be there. Another soldier who was injured in that huge firefight yesterday who I spoke to earlier this morning, he wanted to get back out there. But the only problem was, was that half his shoulder was missing around his firing arm.
But he was convinced he would be able to sit there on a roof and not have to run anywhere and he could contribute that way. So it's been surprising. But ... the Marines that are here certainly appear to be geared up for whatever the future holds."
This is the spirit of our troops that those shallow, self-absorbed morons on the Left, especially the Media dimwits, simply cannot comprehend. The Band of Brothers. To them, being wounded is letting their buddies down. They can't stand the thought of letting down their buddies, their Corps, their families, their country, and their God. The notion of going home isn't even on their minds. And these are Marines on their second trip to Iraq. Much has been made recently of the sacrifice and example of Pat Tillman. These guys are no different; they just aren't famous pro athletes.
May the Lord watch over them.
"Lo, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for He is with me." -Psalm 23:4
Another story from Scott Pederson can be found here
Government Hypocracy Alert
Everyone knows that the price of gas has been going up. Politicians, as usual, have been using it to their own ends-Democrats blaming oil company profiteering and calling for the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (guys, we could dump the whole thing on the market and it wouldn't make any significant difference), and Republicans calling for drilling in ANWR. But to the best of my knowledge, no politician has yet said anything about a recent rise in the price of another staple liquid commodity. That's right, milk prices are on the rise.
Why haven't any politicians whined and complained? Probably because the price hike isn't due to evil market forces like a national outbreak of cow blight, or a surprise discovery that milk cures impotence better than Viagra. No, the increase in the price of milk is due to government action: the USDA, the original home of soviet style socialist central planning in the U.S. government, raised the guaranteed price paid to dairy farmers by $0.50 a gallon.
A couple of rants here: first, farmers really have it good. In what other industry do you get a guaranteed price for whatever it is you produce? Automakers don't, oil companies don't, even Hugo Boss and Donna Karan don't. But farmers do. And no politicians complain about it, despite the fact that it would seem to be tailor made for Democrat class warfare attacks-after all, higher food prices (which is the result of price floors) hurt the poor more than they hurt the rich, don't they? Oh wait, farm subsidies are for the most part a Democrat idea, although they've pretty much become a bi-partisan pork barrel.
Second, is this even legal, constitutionally? I was under the impression that only Congress was allowed to make laws. Here we have an executive branch bureaucracy, unelected and unaccountable, making a de facto law. And by what justification can the government regulate milk prices anyway? Outside of New England, where you can't sneeze without crossing a state line, I don't think most trade in milk qualifies as interstate commerce. So what allows the Feds, and especially what allows an unelected bureaucrat, to do this?
If I ever get elected to Congress, the USDA is going on the top of my hit list.