Will Lame Ducks Turn on Pelosi-Reid?

Instapundit writes: "PUNT! Democrats put off votes to extend Bush tax cuts until after midterm election. Of course, the uncertainty this creates will probably hurt job growth in the intervening months."A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced the decision in a statement that blamed Republicans for holding up tax cuts for the middle class in order to prevent a tax hike on wealthier taxpayers. . . ."Feeling no need to remind readers that the Democrats control both … [Read more...]

Pratchett from 2004: "Too Big to Fail"

It's not prophecy. It's not a fine or proved economic theorem. It's not even life imitating art. It's simply the way one Master Grifter recognises the cynical underhandedness of another Master Grifter. And how a very smart novelist understands the constant con:From Terry Pratchett's inventive and smart novel Going Postal, at that point where the sympathetic shyster, Moist von Lipwig, charged -on pain of death- with re-tooling the defunct Ankh-Morpork postal service, understands the depth … [Read more...]

Lies and liars – UPDATE

I've cribbed the video, but after watching it, do go read Ed Morrissey's whole piece. They lie and lie. And they may get away with it, too.The reason they may get away with it, even with boldface lying like this, is because they are assisting in strenghtening the resistance of the world, that there may be no breach by which to "open up space for God’s life to pass through."Am I actually suggesting that at this point The Pelosi and The President are -knowingly or unknowingly, actively or p … [Read more...]

G. Washington, S. Brown & Idealism

This is both interesting and sad:Over at dotCommonweal, Robert Imbelli had a brief post on the buzz-producing "Yes" from Scott Brown on yesterday's jobs bill. While many analysts have spent the last little while dissecting the vote itself, Imbelli noticed a much quieter (yet much more depressing) note in the story:Three hours before the jobs-bill vote, the Senate chamber opened with its 117-year tradition of reading Washington's Farewell Address on his birthday. The current lawmakers … [Read more...]

SOTU Speech Reaction

My Elder Son was on his way home from school and listening to the speech as he drove. He came in and said, "this speech is reminding me of Chesterton's dictum that'The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.'"I ended up surprising myself by live-blogging much of the speech, so you can read what I thought, there.Mostly I thought Obama was less fluent that he had been on the campaign trail, and less dynamic or energetic. I also thought his … [Read more...]

Morning muse on Brown's win -UPDATED

Morning is being taken up with bringing the dog to the vet, so I haven't had a chance to do more than watch the video below, but it occurred to me that if President Obama has any sense of humor at all he'll come out today and echo Bush in '06, acknowledging Brown's stunning upset in Massachusetts by saying "it was a thumpin'."It takes a big man to make a joke at his own expense, though, an even bigger man to say "the people have spoken" and adjust to it. How big is Obama? We still don't … [Read more...]

Voter fraud in Massachusetts? UPDATED!

But of Course!. For goodness sake, when MSNBC (a real news outfit, per the WH) is declaring they'd vote "twenty times" for the Dem candidate (any Dem candidate), there is zero chance that the press would do anything but yawn and smile, if the special election in Massachusetts could be stolen.There are over half a million dead people and other non-residents clogging the voter roles.I know many are feeling confident, but I say don't count your chickens. Unless Brown manages to pull off a win … [Read more...]


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