Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Ronald Reagan

Preliminary Polls Show Chances Improving for Repubicans to take back the Senate in November

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Despite the elections being seven months away – a virtual lifetime in politics – pollsters are coming out of the woodwork to offer their statistical opinions on the outcome in November.  Most of them agree that control of the Senate, now firmly in Democrat hands, is

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Another Obamacare Surprise: Estate Recovery

Just as Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn were about to sign their application for free coverage under Washington State’s Medicaid program – freshly expanded under Obamacare – Sofia began reading the fine print: if you’re over age 55, the state of Washington will

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Feulner’s farewell letter is a good reminder

Ed Feulner leaves The Heritage Foundation today as former Senator Jim DeMint takes over, and his farewell letter is a good reminder of how the freedom fight has been doing over the past 35 years.

First, his letter sounds

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3D Printing of Guns at Home Is Making Gun Grabbers Nervous

When the New York Times wrote of the improved technology of 3D printing I responded with a frivolous blog about it, scoring the concerns of anti-gun people about how the technology will allow everyone who wants one to

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Some more reasons why conservatives don’t trust Republicans

There are lots of reasons. But no one sums them up as well as John Hawkins. Hawkins says true conservatives don’t “trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them.” And for good reason.

First,

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Demographics and the Republican Party

 

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Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an American boat in California, 1964. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my article at The New American yesterday, I reviewed studies from the Pew Research Center which showed that changing demographics resulted in the election victory for Democrats. I concluded from that study that the continued secularization of America would continue to favor them.

Thomas Sowell disagrees. He thinks that if the Republican Party gets back to its roots, it can have an intelligent and persuasive conversation that will resonate in future elections. After all, Ronald Reagan did it:

Conventional wisdom in the Republican establishment is that what the GOP needs to do, in order to win black votes or Hispanic votes, is to craft policies specifically targeting these groups. In other words, Republicans need to become more like Democrats…

Yet the most successful Republican presidential candidate during that long period was a man who went completely counter to that conventional wisdom– namely, Ronald Reagan, who won back to back landslide election victories.

Sowell holds that the Republican Party is missing the boat: that it’s can’t out-promise the Democrats:

If non-white voters can only be gotten by pandering to them with goodies earmarked for them, then Republicans are doomed… Why should anyone who wants racially earmarked goodies vote for Republicans, when the Democrats already have a track record of delivering such goodies?

No, says Sowell. Instead the Republican Party needs to harken back to its roots of limited government, individual responsibility, private property, strong families, etc., etc., etc…

Republicans [need] to articulate a coherent case for their principles and the benefits that those principles offer to all Americans…

The Republicans’ greatest failure has been precisely their chronic failure to spell out their principles– and the track record of those principles– to either white or non-white voters.

In other words, he thinks the Republican Party can be saved.

I don’t think so. It is, and has been for years, just one half of

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The Not-So-Lame Duck Session

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speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Phyllis Schlafly, a long-time activist and freedom fighter, just turned 88 in August, and is just as vigorous and vociferous in her views as ever. One of her concerns is that the lame duck session of the Senate could vote to approve one or more of those vicious UN treaties that haven’t been getting much attention in the mainstream media. Schlafly knows the score, and who’s behind the push:

The globalists have been plotting to use the volatility of this lame-duck session to achieve some of their internationalist goals that they couldn’t get passed during the last four years. In particular, they would like to lock us into treaties that slice out various parts of our national sovereignty, a concept that they have been trying to promote as obsolete.

One of the major pieces of a national sovereignty which the “globalists” consider as obsolete – actually more of an an impediment – is the Second Amendment:

The globalists could make a surprise treaty push for ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (UNATT). This treaty is coming under the radar since gun control advocates know it could never pass the U.S. Senate after debate in broad daylight.

The gun control advocates assume that private ownership of guns is inherently dangerous. They hope they can achieve their goal of prohibiting private ownership by the covert strategy of a treaty with vague language, and, so far, they have been successful in avoiding media attention.

But this isn’t the only treaty that could be presented to

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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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Wayne Allyn Root: Romney Will Win in a Walk

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Wayne Allyn Root (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wayne Allyn Root is the former Las Vegas oddsmaker with an uncanny record of calling the shots, both athletically and politically. Back in December, he predicted Romney would win the Republican nomination, and then would go on to win the presidency this November.

He also predicted the G.W. Bush victory in 2004 and that the GOP would get slaughtered in 2006. He also predicted a win for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election in June.

Now, he’s making his prediction in the November election crystal clear

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What Makes Obama Tick?

A FRAUD THROUGH AND THROUGH

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After hitting No. 2 on the New York Times’ best-seller list in early September, “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream” author Dinesh D’Souza was asked why he was surprised at the success of both his book and the movie based on it: “2016: Obama’s America”. He said: “It shows a real hunger for information on Obama. There’s a sense [that] we haven’t got the full story on this guy.”

The official narrative is that President Barack Obama is a graduate of Harvard Law, the first African-American president, whose father is from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. As D’Souza takes great pains to point out, the official narrative hides an enormous amount of background from view. D’Souza exposes some of that background and then claims that Obama adopted his father’s “anti-colonialism” – the doctrine which Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara called “a world system, the last stage of capitalism [which] must be defeated in a world confrontation” – which maintains that the West, primarily America, got rich by invading, occupying and looting poor countries to obtain their mineral wealth. As D’Souza noted in Forbes magazine in September 2010:

Barack Obama, Sr.

Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation.

He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America.

In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America’s power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe’s resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet

As a result, Obama seeks “a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America…in decline so that others might rise…America needs to be taken down a notch.”

There are at least two problems with D’Souza’s thesis: one, Obama never

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Denver Debate: Romney 1, Obama 0

Romney Spanking ObamaConservative pundits with little understanding that whoever wins the election, the electorate loses, had a field day yesterday, chortling that their candidate romped over the incumbent at the Denver debate. One such was Pat Buchanan, who could scarcely contain himself:

Mitt Romney on Wednesday night turned in the finest debate performance of any candidate of either party in the 52 years since Richard Nixon faced John F. Kennedy, with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan’s demolition of Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Patrick Buchanan has been close to, and sometimes inside, the establishment. He is familiar with its inner workings and machinations. Yet, to my knowledge, he has never acknowledged the influence of the Council on Foreign Relations as part of the establishment. He has never aknowledged the control the CFR has over the media. He has never acknowledged the control the CFR has over Romney, especially among his foreign policy staffers.

But Buchanan expressed what a lot of other commentators were saying:

Obama was mauled, with facts, figures, anecdotes, arguments, jokes, quips. A smiling Romney was on offense all night. And the president’s performance seems inexplicable.

With the split screen showing his response to Romney’s swarm attacks, he appeared diffident, sullen, pouting, flustered, petulant…

 The verdict on the Denver encounter – that Romney turned in the performance of his life and one of the most impressive in the history of presidential debates, and that the president underperformed, was outclassed and lost badly – was virtually unanimous.

Buchanan claims that the debate has reset the entire race – “it’s a whole new ballgame!” Prior to the debate, polls appeared to show Obama pulling away from Romney, especially in key swing states (including Colorado). Articles began popping up explaining the false assumptions being made by the polls that didn’t agree with their mindsets. Even Rasmussen, the closest to being accurate, showed Obama pulling away.

Nevertheless, Buchanan thinks next week’s polls will show a nice bump for Romney:

The first sign of how great a recovery Mitt made will come next week in the head-to-head polls, when the nation has absorbed the news that Obama not only got waxed, he came off as man exhausted, weary with the duties of office, who lacks the fire and energy to lead us out of the economic doldrums in which this country finds itself.

And there’s the establishment’s mantra: Romney is The Man To Do the Job! Yes!

Government Grows Faster Under Republicans

John C. Goodman - Which Party is the Party of Big Government?

For every net new job created, nearly four Americans gave up looking for work entirely. This is more of the same for middle class families who are suffering through the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, it is clear that President Obama just hasn’t lived up to his promises and his policies haven’t worked. We aren’t better off than they were four years ago.

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English: Four Presidents: President Ronald Reagan with his three predecessors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Goodman reminds us of this inevitable fact: Republicans grow government faster than Democrats. It’s good to keep this in mind as we observe the electoral “silly season” where facts that are inconvenient are either twisted or ignored. What’s pushing the national government into bankruptcy is the growth of Social Security (installed under a Democrat), Medicare and Medicaid (enacted under a Democrat) and unemployment insurance (under a Democrat administration in 1932). Goodman notes that entitlement (i.e., welfare) spending reached $2.2 trillion in 2010. That’s 100% of tax revenues! But who’s to blame? The Democrats, who enacted them? Or the Republicans, who expanded them?  Says Goodman:

So who is to blame for this state of affairs? Lyndon Johnson, of course, gave us Medicare, Medicaid and the rest of the Great Society. But when Johnson left office, these programs were relatively small. The main expansion came under Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Not only that, the expansions were largely the result of executive orders!

And then to emphasize his point, Goodman quotes Nicholas Eberstadt who wrote in The Wall Street Journal:

From a purely statistical standpoint, the growth of entitlement spending over the past half-century has been distinctly greater under Republican administrations than Democratic ones. Between 1960 and 2010, the growth of entitlement spending was exponential, but in any given year, it was on the whole roughly 8% higher if the president happened to be a Republican rather than a Democrat.

This is good to keep in mind as the politicians – especially Republicans – continue to make promises they have no intention of keeping.

Does Romney Needs to Imitate Reagan?

Larry Kudlow - Obama’s Same Old, Same Old

Perhaps the reason for President Obama’s flat and energy-less speech Thursday night — TV cameras panning the convention floor actually showed delegates falling asleep — was that he already knew Friday’s jobs numbers were going to be a disaster.

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Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In general I like Larry Kudlow. He teamed up with Jim Cramer on “Cramer and Kudlow” a few years back and I appreciated his ability to dance with Cramer despite his obvious personal distaste for “the mouth.” He maintained his honor during that dismal program which happily ended quickly.

And Kudlow occasionally makes me laugh. Now that he has his own show he is freer to state his mind as long as he doesn’t stray too far from Fox News guidelines.

But this article plays into the “Romney is better than Obama” meme far too much for my comfort. He railed about Friday’s jobs numbers and got most of them right: fewer people are working or seeking employment or are only working part-time when they’d rather have full-time work.

What we need, according to Kudlow, is for Romney to talk more like Reagan. He quotes Reagan at the 1984 Republican convention:

Our tax policies are and will remain pro-work, pro-growth and pro-family. We intend to simplify the entire tax system … to bring the tax rates of every American further down, not up. … If we bring them down far enough, growth will continue strong, the underground economy will shrink, the world will beat a path to our door and no one will be able to hold America back — the future will be ours.

Ignoring for the moment that this was Reagan rhetoric at its finest, not matched by his performance (he raised taxes what…seven times? Or was it eleven? I forget), he wants Romney to do the same:

This Reagan model of free-enterprise tax reform is completely at odds with Obama’s tax-the-rich, government-driven, central-planning model. Polls show that the public knows this, even if the White House does not.

And that leaves a huge opportunity for Mitt Romney to explain and expand on his Reagan-like vision of low-tax reform, spending restraint and deregulation to free up the animal spirits of growth.

But Romney only devoted a couple hundred words to this in his convention speech. He must be more aggressive. He must connect his policies to the economic solutions America wants.

Romney is no Reagan. If he gets elected, we’ll find that out in short order.

Reagan Budget Director Blasts Paul Ryan Budget

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David Stockman (Photo credit: The Aspen Institute)

Calling potential Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget plan a “fairy tale,” David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985, took Ryan’s plan to task for not recognizing reality and for leaving behind the legacy of the GOP’s glory days when it reveled in touting small government.

Stockman said that Ryan’s plan to give tax cuts to “job creators” will do nothing to help create jobs, but instead will only put additional pressure on the middle class to come up with more revenues to fund the yawning federal deficit. Stockman conjured the images of “the true conservatives of modern times” like Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower who, if they were here, would decry the present GOP’s infatuation with what he calls “neoconservative imperialism” and the spending that goes along with it.

Ryan’s plan to push more of the Medicaid responsibility back onto the states through a voucher system is “hypocrisy,” according to Stockman, and merely postpones the reality of

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Only Tax Cuts Can Stop Trillion-Dollar Deficits

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The U.S. Treasury Department announced on Thursday that the federal government’s deficit for the first nine months of its 2012 fiscal year exceeded $900 billion and that the country is on target for another $1 trillion annual deficit for the fourth year in a row. And this was despite the fact that revenues for the same period actually increased by five percent.

In simple terms, government is growing more quickly than the economy can generate the revenues to feed it. And if the status remains quo, the economy will continue to stagnate. At present it is informally in recession, there is gridlock in Congress, elections are four months away, and Taxmageddon—the “fiscal cliff”—awaits taxpayers on January 1. All of this is sufficient to cause even the hardy to tremble.

What the president and a compliant Congress have managed to do over the last four years is to increase government spending, compared with what the economy generates—the gross domestic product, or GDP—to the highest level since WWII. James Glassman’s study of deficit spending under the last five presidents shows that President Obama’s ratio of deficit to GDP is 8.9 percent, compared to George Bush senior’s 4.2 percent, Ronald Reagan’s 4.2 percent, George Bush junior’s 2.7 percent, and Bill Clinton’s 0.5 percent. Putting that into perspective, Obama’s deficits are running between two and fifteen times greater than his predecessors, with no end in sight.

In fact, if the economy’s output declines as many economists are predicting, revenues will fall, resulting in even higher

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Odds Maker Picks Romney to Romp in November

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Last week, conservative political commentator and the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential nominee in 2008 Wayne Allyn Root reiterated his prediction from last December: Republican front-runner Mitt Romney will beat incumbent Barack Obama in a landslide in November.

Before hosting his own radio show, W.A.R: The Wayne Allyn Root Show in New York City, Root was a professional sports handicapper in Las Vegas. Root says he is “a well-known Vegas odds maker with one of the most accurate records of predicting political races.” But neither Romney nor Obama is his favorite. Said Root:

Neither Obama nor Romney are my horses in this race. I believe both Republicans and Democrats have destroyed the U.S. economy and [have] brought us to the edge of economic disaster….

But as an odds maker with a pretty remarkable record of picking political races, I play no favorites. I simply use common sense to call them as I see them.

Root predicted back in December that Romney, behind in most polls at the time, would win the Republican nomination in Tampa in August. He also predicted then that Romney would beat Obama in November and has found no good reason since then to change his mind: “Today I am even more convinced of

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Romney Expands Staff to Include More Establishment Elites

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Under the assumption that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will become the Republican Party’s nominee for President in Tampa in June, the Romney campaign staff is growing from 87 to more than 400 to prepare for the national election in November. A close look at Romney’s expanded staff reveals the same influence of elites that was reflected by the members of his “Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team” announced last October. Included in that list were: 

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Obama Economic Recovery Still Underwater

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For proof that the Obama “recovery” remains unimpressive compared to previous recoveries, Cato Institute scholar Dan Mitchell gathered evidence from a number of sources to make his point.

President Obama promised that at this point in the recovery unemployment would be down to six percent, but it remains stubbornly above eight percent if one believes the government numbers. At least five million people who lost their jobs in the recession are still unemployed or underemployed. The number of Americans living below the poverty level has set a new record. Government spending is virtually out of control with annual deficits now admitted to be above $1 trillion for the foreseeable future. Higher taxes are coming unless the Bush tax cuts are somehow permitted to remain in force. And the housing market is still looking for a bottom.

But according to President Obama everything is coming up roses: More than three million jobs have been created in the past two years and the Dow Jones Industrial Average just exceeded 13,000, nearly doubling from under 7,000 in March 2009.

Thanks to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve’s interactive website, the Obama recovery can easily be compared to (and contrasted with) 10 previous recessions all the way back to 1948. Whether looking at jobs or at economic output, the performance under Obama has lagged behind each of the previous recoveries very significantly. As noted by Mitchell, “Under Obama’s policies…we’ve just barely gotten back to where we were when the recession began…[and] the jobs chart is probably even more discouraging…. [It] is still below where it started.”

On February 2, 2012, Phil Gramm and Mike Solon wrote in the Wall Street Journal:

Never before in postwar America has…employment still been lower four years after a recession began….

If in this recovery our economy had grown and generated jobs at the average rate achieved during the 10 previous postwar recessions…13.7 million more Americans would be working today….

President Ronald Reagan’s policies ignited a recovery so powerful that if it were being repeated today…some 16.9 million more Americans would have jobs.

The negative impact of the Obama administration’s policies is also evident when America’s economic performance is compared to that of

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Obama’s Reelection Tied to Dead Weight Economy

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Writing in Business Week, Hans Nichols announced that with the improvement in the economy President Obama’s chances for reelection in 2012 are improving as well.

He noted that the unemployment rate fell last month (from 9.1 percent to 9.0 percent) while unemployment claims dropped (by 10,000). And the outplacement firm of Challenger Gray & Christmas noted that government layoffs have slowed as well. Then he reviewed several different polls that showed improvement in President Obama’s ratings (each still below 50 percent), and then concluded that this mass of positive data is improving the president’s “political prospects.”

The data excluded from Nichols’ analysis shows a different picture. First, the real unemployment rate is nowhere near 9 percent, but is much closer to 15 percent, with some analysts suggesting more than 20 percent.

Second, the number of unemployed, if he had bothered to check the numbers published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was

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Romney’s Advisors Are Leftist Elites

Mitt Romney

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Late last week GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney released the names of his foreign policy and national security advisors just in time for his Friday address on America’s foreign policy. He effused over his selection:

I am deeply honored to have the counsel of this extraordinary group of diplomats, experts and statesmen. Their remarkable experience, wisdom and depth of knowledge will be critical to ensuring that the 21st Century is another American Century.

His campaign continues to be plagued with an increasing chorus of doubters about his conservative posture. His claim to have balanced the budget of Massachusetts without raising taxes was

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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.