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-Ephesians 5:11-13

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Pastor Chuck Baldwin’s Election Predictions Resonate with Me

Chuck Baldwin

Chuck Baldwin (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Baldwin is a remarkable man. His Wikipedia entry is almost a puff piece, but you can’t avoid noting his character, his willingness to take a stand, and to make tough decisions in accordance with the light he has been given. This from Wiki is especially revealing:

In 2010, Baldwin retired from his position as pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church and announced his intention to move to Montana, because he believed God had told him that the Mountain states were the “tip of the spear in the freedom fight.”

In March 2011, he wrote an article in support of the American Redoubt concept originated by novelist and blogger James Wesley Rawles. This plan designates five western states (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, eastern Oregon, and eastern Washington) as a safe haven for conservative Christians.

In a June 9, 2011 article, Baldwin outlined his reasons for choosing the Flathead Valley of Western Montana for his family’s home. He cited Montana’s freedom-loving people, its recognition of the right to keep and bear arms, and a feeling of strong conviction, following prayer.

And so, when he speaks, I listen:

I think Mitt Romney will somewhat comfortably win the Presidential election.

This will cause “conservatives,” Christians, and most Republicans to go into a state of deep hibernation, which will allow Romney to wreak havoc upon the Constitution and liberties of the people.

In 2012, Barack Obama is the “Boogeyman” that must defeated at all costs. But the fact is, with the exception of Romney’s more business-friendly approach to economics, the differences between Obama and Romney are negligible.

He reiterates the similarities between

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Ann Coulter’s True Colors

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English: Commentator and author at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the most part I enjoy reading Ann Coulter’s columns. True, sometimes she is over the top with her vitriol, but most of the time her targets deserve it.

But her column today betrays her. She makes two mistakes immediately – two incorrect assumptions in my view – and comes out with the inevitable wrong conclusion: Romney is our man!

Assumption number one:

The single most important issue in this election is ending the national nightmare of Obamacare.

If Obamacare if not stopped, it will permanently change the political culture of this country. There will be no going back. America will become a less productive, less wealthy nation. What wealth remains will have to be plowed into Obamacare — to the delight only of the tens of thousands of government bureaucrats administering it.

Has she been away? There is credible persuasive evidence that the slide – the push – into socialism began in 1887 when President Cleveland signed into law the Interstate Commerce Act. Others say it began in earnest under

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Looking Forward to Wednesday

Erick Erickson

Erick Erickson (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

I’m looking forward to Wednesday for lots of reasons, most of which you can surmise: the noise, the chatter, the incessant drumbeat of political ads interrupting every TV program, the constant ringing of pollsters on my phone, the yard signs, the answering the inevitable question: who do you think is going to win?

For Erick Erickson, of RedState, the race is already over:

We are less than a week from the election.

At this point, I just want it over.  I want my life back.  I’m worn out.  I am struggling to still care now that I have cast my absentee ballot.

I think most Americans feel that way.  The people of Ohio and Florida are begging for a return to TV ads for male enhancement drugs and self-lubricating catheters.

I could refer you to Real Clear Politics which reviews and summarizes the various polls. Or you could go to Rasmussen. Or Intrade. But Erickson can’t resist making

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Romney, Obama, Polls and the Outcome

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Obama and Romney wanted poster, Brooklyn, New York, USA (Photo credit: gruntzooki)

John Hawkins describes himself as a “professional blogger” which must mean that he gets paid for expressing his opinions. And his thoughts on the polls are interesting:

Which polls do you believe? Although there’s no way to be sure yet, I believe Gallup and Rasmussen. Not only do I think Mitt is going to win Ohio, I think he’s going to win by a large enough margin that Ohio doesn’t matter. Here’s why I say that:

  1. The Anecdotal Evidence: In 2008, Barack Obama was a challenger with no record, up against a non-incumbent. The Republican incumbent who was in office had an approval rating of 25% and a massive financial crash at the very end of his second term. Meanwhile, Obama had a 3-to-1 spending advantage, was drawing massive crowds, and was generating tremendous excitement while a lot of Republicans chose to stay home rather than vote for John McCain.
  2. Early Voting: In 2008, Barack Obama crushed John McCain in the early voting by a 55-40 margin. This was something his campaign was counting on doing again. Instead, both Pew and Gallup are finding that Mitt Romney is winning early voting by a 7 point margin. In state after state, like Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the evidence suggests that Obama’s numbers are way down. This is very significant because Republicans tend to outperform Democrats on Election Day. So, without that edge in the lead up to November 6, Democrats usually lose.
  3. The Flow of the Blow: At the end of the campaign, you’re starting to see Romney campaign in states that were considered givens for Obama a few months ago. Michigan (16), Pennsylvania (20), and Wisconsin (10) are all in play and arguably, even Minnesota (10) and Oregon (7) aren’t out of reach for Romney if he were to make some big ad buys. Obama is now in the same situation McCain was in back in 2008 when he was desperately playing defense in states like North Carolina and Indiana that are generally considered to be gimmie states for Republicans.
  4. Independent Voters: Since Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly vote for their own side, Independents are obviously very important. In 2008, Barack Obama had an 8 point edge over John McCain with Independent voters. This time around, polls show that Mitt Romney has a big edge with Independents. Although the numbers vary from poll-to-poll, almost all of them have Romney winning Independents by somewhere between 7-20 points. Just to give you an idea of how significant that is, the last candidate to win Independents by double digits was George H.W. Bush, who won Indies by 10 en route to a 426-111 electoral victory. Romney isn’t capable of winning by that kind of margin, but if he takes Independents by 10 points or more, as a practical matter, it would be almost impossible for him to lose.

I just wish I could get more excited about Tuesday’s election. My problem is: I know too much. Back when I was a uninformed voter, I registered myself as a Republican. Now, however, no matter who wins on Tuesday, we lose.

Many years ago my dad asked me why I left the life insurance profession – the profession that helped him to become one of the top life insurance salesmen in the country – and I had to answer: I didn’t leave the insurance business. The insurance business left me. It had so drastically changed that I could no longer in good conscience ask my customers to buy what they were selling.

That’s how I feel about the Republican Party. After Tuesday, I’ll probably change my party affiliation to Independent.

Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on the Election

Hurricane Sandy (2012): 60 km Wind Area Forecast

Hurricane Sandy (2012): 60 km Wind Area Forecast (Photo credit: Canadian Pacific)

Hurricane Sandy is immense and could be the worst storm to hit the east coast of the US in 100 years, according to the Economic Collapse Blog (ECB). Michael, writing for the ECB, ticks off the remarkable impact the storm is having (or likely to have) on the 50 million residents living in the estimated impact area:

  • Tropical storm winds are being felt more than 500 miles away from the center of the storm
  • No reported storm recorded since 1988 has been larger than Sandy
  • Nearly 10,000 flights have been canceled as a result of the storm
  • New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg has ordered the evacuation of all residents living in Zone A (a high risk low-lying area in the city)
  • The storm surge could be more than 15 feet above sea level in Zone A
  • The city could experience winds of 80 mph or higher
  • The city’s subway system is being shut down, and could be flooded by Sandy
  • Schools as far away as Boston are closed
  • The stock market is closed
  • Some parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina could get as much as two feet of snow
  • Damage estimates by AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions is projecting that Sandy could result in $100 billion in damage,more costly than Hurricane Katrina

But the impact could determine the outcome of the election, according to Josh Vorhees, writing for Slate, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the establishment mouthpiece Washington Post. For one thing, it has turned the campaign schedules of the presidential candidates upside down, with Romney canceling key visits to

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Baseball and the Electoral College

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Montage of Mazeroski’s 1960 World Series winning home run (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday night I enjoyed a presentation by Rick Green on “Understanding the Constitution” using Mike Holler’s workbook, “The Constitution Made Easy.” Rick is affiliated with Wallbuilders, founded by David Barton. I was happy to see about 50 people in attendance, thanks to the efforts of local freedom fighter Michelle Morin.

Rick related the story of the 1960 World Series (he is a rabid baseball fan) to explain why we have an Electoral College and why getting rid of it would be an unmitigated disaster. In that series, which wasn’t decided until late in the seventh game, the Yankees scored 55 runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ 27 – two-to-one – and yet they lost the series, four games to three.

The series was notable for several reasons: It was Casey Stengel‘s last World Series (he said, “I’ll never make the mistake of turning 70 again.”) claiming that

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Political Problems for the Final Jobs Report

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Obama sick and tired of someone dawdling about jobs? (Photo credit: porchlife)

On Monday the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said it was doing everything it could to make sure that Friday’s jobs report – the last one before the election – would come out on time, despite Hurricane Sandy.

The BLS is still smarting from attacks over its last report which showed an increase of 114,000 jobs in August, and a consequent drop in the unemployment rate from 8.1% to 7.8%. This was just too convenient to many observers. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, tweeted “Unbelievable jobs numbers…these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” Welch was referring to the volatility of the month-to-month reports from the BLS and the clear suspicion that, under the influence of his Chicago network (see Trevor Loudon’s Barack Obama and the Enemies Within) Obama was manipulating the numbers to offset his

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America Has Always Been Deeply Divided


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George Friedman, writing for Stratfor’s Geopolitical Weekly, puts the humbug into next Tuesday’s doings:

Many say that the country has never been as deeply divided. In discussing the debates last week, I noted how this year’s campaign is far from the most bitter and vitriolic. It might therefore be useful also to consider that while the electorate at the moment appears evenly and deeply divided, unlike what many say, that does not reveal deep divisions in our society…

Surprisingly, most elections over the last two hundred years have been close. Only four presidents over that span won with

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How Many “Fiscal Cliff” Scenarios Are There?

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Car off cliff sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In his blog at MarketWatch over the weekend, Robert Schroeder reviewed five possible outcomes to the challenge of the “fiscal cliff” and concluded that only one was truly catastrophic:

Simply letting the Bush-era income tax cuts expire and allowing billions of dollars of spending cuts to kick in would actually be the easiest thing to do, inasmuch as that would amount to following the law.

Despite my cynicism about Congress always taking the path of least resistance, I agree with Schroeder that this isn’t going to happen. Too many conflicting interests are invested in that outcome. Such action would suck $600 billion (or more, depending on who does the calculating) out of the economy, about 4% of GDP. With the economy only growing at 2%, it’s easy to conclude that the economy would “go negative”, pushing us back into recession. And Congress can’t stand the heat if that happens. It also violates the pledge that many in the House and some in the Senate have signed not to raise taxes. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire is

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Hurricane Sandy Gives Obama an Excuse to Exercise Presidential Prowess

The latest from the Washington Times spells out just how large Sandy is:

Sandy was headed north from the Caribbean, where it killed more than five dozen  people, and was expected to hook west toward the mid-Atlantic coast and come  ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, most likely in New Jersey, colliding with a  storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic. The  series of events has created a potentially devastating mix that could affect the  lives of 50 million people from the East Coast to the Great Lakes, forecasters said.

It was Rahm Emanuel who, early in the Obama administration, uttered these chilling words: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” And thus was unleashed the storm of totalitarianism that has flooded the halls of Congress and the main streets of America ever since.

Now that Hurricane Sandy has shut down the stock market and a large part of the economy along the East Coast, Obama is wasting no time: 

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Can We Expect a Carbon Tax from Romney?

Carbon Tax = SCAM

Carbon Tax = SCAM (Photo credit: peace chicken)

In a cogent, persuasive and biting article at Forbes magazine, Marlo Lewis shows that Republican establishment Romney and his Republican establishment friends and advisors want to blur [further, if that’s possible] any distinction between Democrats and Republicans. This will resolve, once and for all, any doubts that the parties are two wings of the same bird of prey.

The issue is “carbon tax.” Explains Lewis:

GOP advocacy of carbon taxes would destroy much of the product differentiation that gives people a reason to vote Republican. The GOP’s first and foremost product differentiator is its reputation as the party that won’t raise taxes. In addition, Gov. Romney and the House Republicans are committed to developing North America’s vast reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas. Consequently, voters have a clear choice between a GOP that is pro-energy and anti-tax and a Democratic Party that is pro-tax and anti-energy. Advocacy of a massive new energy tax would instantly devalue the GOP’s brand name and blur the battle lines.

Let’s review: a carbon tax is a Pigovian tax which is to say: it’s a tax applied to a free market activity that generates (what some say are) negative “externalities,” such as carbon dioxide. Such a tax is designed to correct and balance (and restrict) the use of (in this case) coal.

Lewis explains the impact such a tax would have much better than I can:

Carbon dioxide emissions come from energy use, and energy is the key factor that makes modern economies so much more productive than pre-industrial societies. Taxing CO2 imposes a price penalty on the fuels that supply 83 percent of U.S. energy. The higher the tax, the greater the burden placed on mining, manufacturing, agriculture, transport and data services.

As economist David Kreutzer explains, “Whether CO2 is restricted by levying a tax, imposing caps, or by mandating regulations, the associated energy cuts will lead to lost economic activity. The resulting losses in national income will be similar for different approaches even though regulation may not generate government revenues.”

So, in the name of the environment, one of Obama’s chief goals – slowing further the American economic engine – is accomplished. And the Republicans are now

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Layoffs Hit New High

Breakfast with Barack

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Bloomberg’s Chris Burritt reviewed the carnage on Wednesday: Ford is closing a car-assembly plant (the first one in ten years for the car-maker, with rumors of a second closing in early 2013), while Dow Chemical, DuPont and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have laid off 5,500 workers since the first of the year. Since September 1st, North American companies have announced plans to lay off 62,600 more. According to Bloomberg, total firings this year amount to 158,000, 30,000 more than in the same period last year.

That doesn’t sound like economic growth to me.

He quotes Janna Sampson, an investment manager with $3 billion under management:

Companies are saying, “Let’s not build up inventories, let’s be lean and mean until we know until we have a better idea of what 2013 is going to look like. There is a fear now as companies see that the economic recovery is not picking up.”

Third quarter earnings reports aren’t doing well, either. Out of the 204 companies in the S&P top 500 that have reported so far, 120 of them have reported

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Rasmussen Reports Reflect Romney Surge

Mitt Romney at Caster Concepts

Mitt Romney at Caster Concepts (Photo credit: davelawrence8)

Yesterday’s reports from Rasmussen was quite encouraging, if you’re a Romney/Republican fan and are concerned about the depth and breadth of the Romney surge that even the Downstream Media are now being forced to admit.

Here we go:

  1. Who won the debates? 49% say Romney, 41% say Obama.
  2. Arizona Senate: Flake, the Republican: 50%, Carmona, the Democrat: 44%
  3. Nevada Senate: Heller, the Republican: 50%, Berkley, the Democrat: 45%
  4. Swing state tracking: Romney: 50%, Obama: 47%
  5. North Dakota Governor’s race: Dalrymple, the Republican: 53%, Taylor, the Democrat: 39%
  6. Affluent suburbs are moving in Romney’s direction

And on Friday, Rasmussen is putting Wisconsin, a state that Obama won by 14% in 2008, as too close to call: Obama leads by 2%, within the margin of error. And the momentum for Romney continues to build.

The election could be a split decision, according to Rasmussen, with the popular vote going to Romney, but

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Democrats Hate the Second Amendment

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Guns and Roses (Photo credit: wallyg)

Need proof? This comes directly from the Democrat Party platform:


We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms.

We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation.

We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms.

We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements–like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole–so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few. (my emphasis)

The intent and purpose are obvious: anything that looks like a military assault weapon, even if it is more accurately described as semi-automatic, is subject to ban, including

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A Fool’s Reasons to Vote for Romney

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Mitt Romney – Cartoon (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Somehow John Hawkins (a self-styled “professional blogger”) got his article published at Townhall.com, giving independent voters five good reasons why they should vote for Romney over Obama. They are ridiculous.

  1. Mitt is from a blue state and understands how to work with the other party.Hawkins said that Romney was able to “pass legislation and balance the budget” in Massachusetts by working with a legislature that “was 87% Democrats.” But Obama and the Republicans haven’t been able to, and that’s a bad thing, according to Hawkins. This is called gridlock. I call it political salvation from more mischief that would result from said “cooperation.” And I thank the Founders for creating a system that put checks on unlimited government that would otherwise result from such “cooperation.”
  2. Mitt Romney is a moderate Republican.Here Hawkins is just plain incoherent. He created a blog called Notmittromney.com during the primaries, alleging that Romney would be a

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Billy Graham Endorses Mitt Romney, Sort Of

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Billy Graham “Just Say No” (Photo credit: Dean Terry)

In his political pilgrimage to see evangelist Billy Graham and attempt to secure his endorsement, Mitt Romney traveled to Montreat, North Carolina on October 11th to visit the aging and declining Graham. The statement issued by Graham following the meeting had just enough in it to make it sound like an endorsement:

It was an honor to meet and host Gov. Romney in my home today, especially since I knew his late father former Michigan Gov. George Romney, whom I considered a friend.

I have followed Mitt Romney’s career in business, the Olympic Games, as governor of Massachusetts and, of course, as a candidate for president of the United States. What impresses me even more than Gov. Romney’s successful career are his values and strong moral convictions. I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons.

It was a privilege to pray with Gov. Romney—for his family and our country. I will turn 94 the day after the upcoming election, and I believe America is at a crossroads. I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms.

Of course this is what Romney wanted: just enough of an endorsement to push those few remaining undecideds who still think religious values have some meaning in secular America to his side on November 6th.

The only problem with this whole charade of course, is that

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The Battle for the Senate is Not Going Well

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Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Scott Rasmussen’s “Political Commentary” on Friday, he expressed his opinion, based on his own polls, that the GOP would not gain control of the Senate. Earlier this looked very do-able, with so many vulnerable Democrat seats available for the taking. But now? Not so much:

When 2012 began, the presidential race looked too close to call, but most analysts thought the Republicans had a good chance to win control of the Senate. The numbers were just too daunting for the Democrats. They had too many seats to defend and too many vulnerable incumbents.

Now, 10 months later, the race for the White House remains very close. But as Mitt Romney’s prospects have improved in recent weeks, it is the Democrats who are favored to end up controlling the Senate.

I have been watching the Senate races with rather more than passing interest, primarily because of the likelihood that whoever wins the presidency will have the opportunity to appoint some Supreme Court justices with “the advise and consent” [see Article II, Section 2] of the Senate. It’s the Senate Judiciary Committee that

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What’s Missing from the Debates?

I do not like thee, Doctor Fell

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Once you get through his sarcasm and occasionally funny caricatures of Romney and Obama as Alpha Males in a Cage, Jerry Bowyer makes some very good points.

But let’s start with this:

Setting aside the nostrum that this election is unique in modern times and probably the most important of our lifetimes, a trope which is repeated every four years, what you and I saw on Tuesday had almost nothing to do with genuine philosophical differences. This was not Cato vs. Caesar, Adams vs. Jefferson, or even Lincoln vs. Douglas. This was incumbent alpha vs. challenge alpha in a chest thumping display of dyadic conflict designed to determine who will occupy the top position in a dominance hierarchy.

The first debate was all Romney as the

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Tax Cuts for the Rich or Tax Relief?

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It’s all about how you frame the question, isn’t it? The issue appears to be tax cuts for the rich: should we or shouldn’t we? By framing the question that way, discussion is limited. By re-framing the question, it changes the answers. Thanks to Investors Business Daily for pointing this out.

President Obama warned that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s proposed income-tax  cuts will “cost” the government revenue and repeat Bush policies that he says  blew up the deficit.

“The centerpiece of his economic plan are tax cuts,” Obama said at Tuesday’s  presidential debate in New York. “That’s what took us from surplus to deficit.”

The mantra from the Obama camp is annoyingly repetitive and consistently wrong:

The Obama camp has strenuously opposed Romney’s pro-growth strategy, arguing  that tax breaks, especially for the wealthy, “rob” programs for the middle class  and poor because they don’t raise revenues and don’t “pay for themselves.”

“It has never been done before,” Vice President Joe Biden insisted in last week’s debate with Romney running-mate Paul Ryan.

But history has shown that when entrepreneurs are allowed “relief” – to keep more of what they earn – they earn more. What a surprise!

The historical tables in the back of the latest “Economic Report of the  President” show that the Bush tax cuts generated more, not less, federal  revenues — a phenomenon that also held true for Presidents Clinton, Reagan and  Kennedy.

All four leaders, two Republicans and two Democrats, slashed taxes for top  individual earners or investors. And once these rate reductions took effect and  began stimulating economic activity, record individual income-tax receipts  poured into the U.S. Treasury.
A great example is what happened when President Kennedy, against the advice of his Keynesian advisors, cut tax rates on

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The Second Presidential Debate: Duel of the Dunces

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made in china (Photo credit: mandiberg)

I didn’t watch the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Obama. I had something more important to do: ironing pillowcases and doing some laundry.

But my friend (I’ve never met him but I like him) Donald Boudreaux did. And he just had to write a letter to The Wall Street Journal to vent:

Yesterday’s presidential debate further exposed Messrs. Obama’s and Romney’s economic illiteracy (“China a Punching Bag in U.S. Presidential Debate,” Oct. 17).

Each man insists that America’s economy can be harmed by inexpensive imports – in other words, harmed by opportunities for voluntary exchanges that lower Americans’ cost of living.

He starts with Romney:

By promising to raise taxes on Americans who buy Chinese-made goods, Mr. Romney again promised to break his campaign promise to not raise taxes.  That he is unaware of the contradiction isn’t promising.

I must interject here: Romney is following the advice of

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.