News-Journal Endorses Supply-Side Economics

When the rich feel recession, workers suffer

But economists say that recent signs of cutting back by the affluent could hurt the economy and deliver even more pain to lower-income workers, who are dependent on their business and fat tips.

For example, Nathan Warren has seen his monthly wages drop to $1,800 when his work as a limo driver was cut from five days to three. “I have to struggle to get by. I am pinching pennies,” said Warren, 30, a Costa Mesa, Calif. resident. “I am eating more cereal and am not buying clothing.”

Didn’t the media deride this as “trickle-down economics” when Ronald Reagan argued this theory? Somehow, I doubt they’ll give him credit for his concern for the poor.

We’ve lost two heroes recently

The last remaining Marine from the iconic photo of raising the flag over Iwo Jima died on January 29th.

We also lost Bertram James on January 18th. James was one of the last remaining survivors of “The Great Escape” captured memorably in film. (The book is even better and shows how truly difficult the plan was. If you’re interested in it at all, you’ve got to read this book.)

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and through the mercy of God, may their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

‘Arrested Development’ Film Planned?

Movie & TV News @ IMDb.com – WENN – 4 February 2008

Actor Jason Bateman has confirmed plans are underway for a movie version of cancelled TV sitcom Arrested Development. A rumored meeting between the star and series creator Mitch Hurwitz late last year fuelled speculation a big-screen adaptation of the cult show was in the pipeline. And now the Juno star has confirmed the cast has received calls from executives asking if they would be interested in reviving their roles once the ongoing Hollywood writers strike is over. He tells E! News, “I can confirm that a round of sniffing has started. Any talk is targeting a post-strike situation, of course. I think, as always, that it’s a question of whether the people with the money are willing to give our leader, Mitch Hurwitz, what he deserves for his participation. And I can speak for the cast when I say our fingers are crossed.”

That would be awesome. Tarantula Girl would be pleased.

Jimmy Carter: Smarter than Jesus

Jimmy Carter suggests that Jesus should have accepted Satan’s offer of world domination:

What a wonderful and benevolent government Jesus could have set up. How exemplary justice would have been. Maybe there would have been Habitat projects all over Israel for anyone who needed a home. And the proud, the rich, and the powerful could not have dominated their fellow citizens. As a twentieth-century governor and president I would have had a perfect pattern to follow. I could have pointed to the Bible and told other government leaders, “This is what Jesus did 2000 years ago in government. Why don’t we do the same?”

If only Jimmy Carter had been around at the time to show Jesus the error of his ways, He might have established a utopia on earth. Jimmy could have saved Jesus from the foolish decision to turn down secular power, to stop teaching to the poor and calling for conversion of hearts, focusing instead on forcing people to do His will. Jimmy might even have persuaded Him from the foolishness of the Cross!

Of course, Satan was trying to keep Jesus from the Cross; that was the whole point of Satan tempting Jesus in the desert. Getting Jesus to focus on the things of this world, rather than the next world. Satan doesn’t care about this world: he wants us to lose our souls so we’ll be with him, and not God, in the next. That’s what each of those three temptations in the desert (Matt 4:1-13) was about: trying to get Jesus to focus on the things of this world to the exclusion of the next. (And also, each of the three temptations is an undoing of Adam and Eve’s failures. Each temptation corresponds to a temptation they gave into, but that’s another post.) That’s the temptations we face every day, and where we too often fail. Unfortunately, Jimmy Carter looks at these temptations and says “Sweet!” Ironically, in the article linked above, he takes umbrage at being given the label “secular humanist,” when this is the exact error he makes: focusing too much on secular needs while neglecting the needs of the soul.

I’m so glad he only got one term.

Another reader of the Liberal Fascism blog compares Carter’s failings to a character in C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce (a great read):

‘…But you never asked me what my paper is about! I’m taking the text about growing up to the stature of Christ and working out an idea which I feel sure you’ll be interested in. I’m going to point out how people always forget that Jesus…was a comparatively young man when he died. He would have outgrown some of his earlier views, you know, if he’d lived. I’m going to ask my audience to consider what his mature views would have been. A profoundly interesting question. What a different Christianity we might have had if only the Founder had reached his full stature! I shall end up pointing out how this deepens the significance of the Crucifixion. One feels for the the first time what a disaster it was; what a tragic waste…so much promise cut short.”

Underlying both Jimmy Carter and the character quoted above are two errors:
1) failure to understand the Bible in it’s proper context
2) a presumption that they know better than Jesus

The first can be forgiven and corrected through study; the second is truly dangerous to our souls. And to the people they would seek to lead.

Hat Tip: Liberal Fascism

UPDATE: IMAO comments: “So if you’re wondering what means liberals think are okay to achieve their goals, the line is apparently drawn somewhere beyond deals with Satan.”

Today in History: George Washington elected unanimously (twice!)

This Day in History 1789: Washington unanimously elected by Electoral College to first and second terms

I went down to Mount Vernon this Saturday with my father, his first time since they added the new education center and museum. The main impetus for the trip was the basement of the house being opened to the public for the first time in years. While not thrilling in and of itself, it was still cool to see. They are a bit into the hero worship even lauding his military skills. He wasn’t much of a tactician, but his understanding of how the population would react to the means of war and the proper overarching strategy were exactly right, after some early missteps. When it came time for battle, though, he should leave such decisions to other people.

Still, he’s clearly the greatest American and most important figure in our nation’s history. Mount Vernon’s well worth the trip; if you get the chance, go. (And even if you can’t go, support them in their work remembering our first, and greatest, President.)

Quote-a-palooza

In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself.” – Benjamin Franklin

“For [President] Bush, the true measure of good governance wasn’t liberating the American people from an over-weaning welfare state. Rather, activist government became the very definition of good government. And with such ideological markers in place, it was inevitable that government would expand and the ostensible conservatives in Congress would disintegrate into a gaggle of self-serving appropriators. Indeed, since 1999, the federal budget has expanded by more than $1 trillion. And while Republicans, now in the minority, suddenly claim a newfound hatred for pork-barrel spending, nobody thinks twice about the fact that the GOP oversaw the largest expansion of the government since the Great Society. [In the State of the Union], Bush talked a big game about empowering and liberating the American people. But the most appropriate response to such assurances is, ‘Now you tell us?'” – Jonah Goldberg

“I’m sure everyone feels sorry for the individual who has fallen by the wayside or who can’t keep up in our competitive society, but my own compassion goes beyond that to the millions of unsung men and women who get up every morning, send the kids to school, go to work, try and keep up the payments on their house, pay exorbitant taxes to make possible compassion for the less fortunate, and as a result have to sacrifice many of their own desires and dreams and hopes. Government owes them something better than always finding a new way to make them share the fruit of their toils with others.” – Ronald Reagan

“The fact that the market is not doing what we wish it would do is no reason to automatically assume that the government would do better. There are too many examples of government interventions that made things worse, the Great Depression of the 1930s being the most tragic. Those on the left love to believe that the stock market crash of 1929 showed the failure of the free market and that the New Deal interventions in the 1930s saved the day. But the stock market crash of 1987 was just as big and Ronald Reagan resisted loud calls for him to intervene. The result was not another Great Depression but the beginning of a decades-long period of prosperity. Before Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt came along, there was no expectation that the federal government would intervene when the stock market crashed or when there was a downturn in the economy. Previous stock market crashes and previous downturns in the economy worked themselves out faster and less painfully than the Great Depression of the 1930s, just as the 1987 crisis did. The track record of government intervention is far less impressive than its rhetoric.” – Thomas Sowell

“Too many Republicans continue to embrace the notion that more spending on pork barrel projects will keep them in office. They should have been disabused of that notion when they lost control of Congress in the 2006 election, largely because their collusion with President Bush on spending and expansion of government mimicked the Democrats. The Republican rank and file and Independent voters prefer their liberalism straight up rather than diluted by party leaders. The best opportunity Republicans had at their retreat to prove they see the light on spending was to name the tireless anti-pork crusader Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, to the powerful Appropriations Committee. This would have been the equivalent of placing a preacher at the entrance to a house of ill repute, or a member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union on an alcohol beverage and control board. The analogies are apt because too many politicians are drunk on power and behave like harlots with other people’s money.” – Cal Thomas

Quote-a-palooza

In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself.” – Benjamin Franklin

“For [President] Bush, the true measure of good governance wasn’t liberating the American people from an over-weaning welfare state. Rather, activist government became the very definition of good government. And with such ideological markers in place, it was inevitable that government would expand and the ostensible conservatives in Congress would disintegrate into a gaggle of self-serving appropriators. Indeed, since 1999, the federal budget has expanded by more than $1 trillion. And while Republicans, now in the minority, suddenly claim a newfound hatred for pork-barrel spending, nobody thinks twice about the fact that the GOP oversaw the largest expansion of the government since the Great Society. [In the State of the Union], Bush talked a big game about empowering and liberating the American people. But the most appropriate response to such assurances is, ‘Now you tell us?'” – Jonah Goldberg

“I’m sure everyone feels sorry for the individual who has fallen by the wayside or who can’t keep up in our competitive society, but my own compassion goes beyond that to the millions of unsung men and women who get up every morning, send the kids to school, go to work, try and keep up the payments on their house, pay exorbitant taxes to make possible compassion for the less fortunate, and as a result have to sacrifice many of their own desires and dreams and hopes. Government owes them something better than always finding a new way to make them share the fruit of their toils with others.” – Ronald Reagan

“The fact that the market is not doing what we wish it would do is no reason to automatically assume that the government would do better. There are too many examples of government interventions that made things worse, the Great Depression of the 1930s being the most tragic. Those on the left love to believe that the stock market crash of 1929 showed the failure of the free market and that the New Deal interventions in the 1930s saved the day. But the stock market crash of 1987 was just as big and Ronald Reagan resisted loud calls for him to intervene. The result was not another Great Depression but the beginning of a decades-long period of prosperity. Before Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt came along, there was no expectation that the federal government would intervene when the stock market crashed or when there was a downturn in the economy. Previous stock market crashes and previous downturns in the economy worked themselves out faster and less painfully than the Great Depression of the 1930s, just as the 1987 crisis did. The track record of government intervention is far less impressive than its rhetoric.” – Thomas Sowell

“Too many Republicans continue to embrace the notion that more spending on pork barrel projects will keep them in office. They should have been disabused of that notion when they lost control of Congress in the 2006 election, largely because their collusion with President Bush on spending and expansion of government mimicked the Democrats. The Republican rank and file and Independent voters prefer their liberalism straight up rather than diluted by party leaders. The best opportunity Republicans had at their retreat to prove they see the light on spending was to name the tireless anti-pork crusader Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, to the powerful Appropriations Committee. This would have been the equivalent of placing a preacher at the entrance to a house of ill repute, or a member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union on an alcohol beverage and control board. The analogies are apt because too many politicians are drunk on power and behave like harlots with other people’s money.” – Cal Thomas