“The construction applied… to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power… ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited powers.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Speaker Pelosi says that for the cost of 41 days in Iraq, 10 million children can receive health insurance for a year… Cut-and run Democrats argue that it’s an either/or proposition. The choice, they say, is between defense spending in general and funding the Iraq war in particular and expanding programs like the State Child Health Insurance Program beyond its original intent to meet a need largely already met by the private sector… Democrats such as Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin have proposed a separate ‘war tax’ to pay for the War on Terror. We have one: It’s called the income tax, which began as a 2% levy only on the very rich, but which has morphed into an economy-strangling behemoth that finances an annual budget of $3,000,000,000,000- that’s three trillion dollars. Defense spending constituted only $528 billion of that budget in fiscal 2006- or about 4% of gross domestic product. In 1953, during the Korean War, it hit a postwar high of 14.2% of GDP. In 1968, in the middle of Vietnam, it reached 9.5%. And in 1986, at the height of the Reagan buildup that doomed the evil empire, it was 6.8%. We’re not spending too much on the military. We’re spending too little to meet both the needs of the War on Terror and the rising threat of a nuclear Iran, not to mention dealing with the frantic pace at which both Russia and China are arming… The Preamble to the Constitution speaks of the need to ‘provide for the common defence’ and to ‘promote the general welfare.’ But ‘promoting’ doesn’t mean providing. And while the Constitution speaks loudly on the structure of our armed forces and the role of Congress and commander in chief, it is silent on things like children’s insurance. Democrats forget that the greatest social service that a government can perform for its people is to keep them alive and free.” – Investor’s Business Daily

“What the politicians are offering is for the massively indebted U.S. government to pay all the medical bills, no matter how small (and, of course, with money they don’t have). It’s not about health, but about sickness. And it is not insurance. Insurance is about major, unpredictable expenses. Our auto insurance (which we pay for ourselves) does not cover gas, oil, tires, maintenance and depreciation. So why do we keep electing leaders who keep running up bills that they can’t pay, who borrow from the Chinese and pass the resulting debts to our children and grandchildren to pay? Because we want something paid for by someone else; that’s what the politicians promise they can give us, and we keep believing them. In the end, it is we who are the fools. When are we going to wake up and acknowledge the obvious? We do not have the money to do these things. There is no ‘somebody else.’ We have to pay for these additional benefits ourselves if we want them.” – Bert McLachlan

“Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, ‘What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.’ But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector. Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we’re always ‘against,’ never ‘for’ anything.” – Ronald Reagan

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Winston Churchill

Even I’m not this weird….

‘Buffy’ sing-along killed off – CNN.com

The TV show didn’t exactly die when the show and its demon-fighting heroine went off the air three years ago. Driven by a fiercely loyal following, fans put together the sing-along event, a la “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” where people turn up for midnight screenings of a musical episode of the show, often dressed up in costume as their favorite characters.

That all came to an end this week when the studio that owns the rights to the show got wind of what was going on.