Today’s reading list:
The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” saying the economic recession, the election of America’s first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.
Several years ago, I wrote a column which asked a simple question. Should paying taxes be a requirement of citizenship? In particular, I was referring to federal income taxes. If every single American expects to share in the benefits of being an American — freedom, protection, education, etc. — shouldn’t every American be required to contribute to the cause?
If you thought Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was bad, wait until you hear about the inverted pyramid scheme the federal government is working on. While Mr. Madoff preyed on people who trusted him with their money, the federal government has everyone’s money, and the implications of its actions are worse.
The Rasmussen folks last week revealed a poll wherein American young people are just about evenly divided on whether they prefer capitalism to socialism. Among our under-30 crowd, 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided.
Sucking at the teat of the state has never looked so good, apparently.
Well, this certainly helps explain Obamamania.
Tie this purely disgusting finding to last year’s Josephson Institute Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth, which determined levels of lying, cheating and stealing among high school students, and you’ll see a very disturbing pattern of moral erosion.
Pennsylvania State University has stepped in it. In fact, they’ve stepped in it to the tops of their combat boots. A video was recently posted on the Penn State website for the ostensible purpose of helping professors deal with disruptive students. But its negative and stereotypical portrayal of veterans has provoked well-deserved outrage from citizens everywhere.
In the video, an instructor pays a visit to her department head indicating that she is still having a problem with a student. The department head responds eerily, asking whether the referenced student is “the veteran.” She indicates that, yes, it is “the veteran.”
Teatime, anyone? I hope you’ve joined one of the thousands of TEA (Taxed Enough Already) parties or FairTax rallies, which are happening across the country April 15 to protest outrageous government spending, the deepening of our national debt, and the subsequent taxes. This is a nonpartisan time to rally around like-minded citizens and declare that we’re tired of the same old political rhetoric and that we want a better way.
I completely agree. I think that both the CBC and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are racist. In fact, I think that the majority of racism in America comes from these two groups of Americans. Prove me wrong.
There was never a good reason for any members of Congress to create a group whose sole criterion for membership was race (or ethnicity in the case of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus). The CBC is so color-based that even congressmen representing majority-black districts who are not themselves black (such as Rep. Stephen Cohen, D-Tenn.), who applied for membership) are not allowed to be members. Such a group, if it existed anywhere else in America, would properly be declared racist and would be either legally or morally forced to shut down.
In his closing remarks during the final presidential debate of 1980, Ronald Reagan famously asked the American people: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
Things are moving a more rapid clip, so perhaps it would be appropriate today to ask if we are better off today than we before control of Congress changed hands in the last two years of the Bush administration and a new president was inaugurated last January.
The Second Amendment Foundation, and their publication, “The New Gun Week,” are the most informative and timely sources of information on gun issues I have found, and I highly recommend both.
Recently they released the news that 65 Democrats–members of Congress–sent a joint letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that they would not support any form of assault weapon legislation the new administration proposed to push.