Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Some words of wisdom from Dr Sowell

We always read Dr. Sowell's weekly columns.

We definitely recommend this one: A Rookie President By Thomas Sowell:

"It is not just that he has never been President before. He has never had any position of major executive responsibility in any kind of organization where he was personally responsible for the outcome."

Most of our presidents have had executive experience. Pres BO doesn't.

Save this post and Dr. Sowell's article.

I have a funny feeling that the public will be looking for experience and maturity rather than "hope and change" the next time around.

Just in case you didn't think that The NY Times "was in the tank" for Obama

During the presidential campaign, we speculated that The NY Times was shamefully in the tank for Obama.

Check this out from The Bulletin:

"A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a “a game changer.”"

Keep an eye on this story. I think that there is a scandal here!

The bad news is that The NY Times is a dishonest newspaper. The good news is that they are going under, and fast!

4,257 posts! We passed Pete Rose!

Pete Rose got 4,256 hits with the Reds, Phillies, Expos and the Reds again!

He passed Ty Cobb in 1985. I saw it on TV. I recall when he got that phone call from Pres Reagan!

We just passed him with our 4,257th blog post.

We started this blog in Oct' 04 and here we are.

Thank you for reading many of the posts. Here is Pete Rose in 1985 after passing Ty Cobb:

Sunday, March 29, 2009

VP Biden to PM Rod-Zap: Thanks for the troops in Iraq!

Last year, we posted that Joe Biden was the most qualified Dem running for president.

We also said that he has a "gaffe problem".

Today, José M. Guardia of Barcepundit informed us that VP Biden thanked PM Rod-Zapatero of Spain for all of those troops in Iraq.

Again, what was VP Biden thinking? It's hard to believe that VP Biden would forget this one!

As we recall, PM Rod-Zapatero won an unexpected victory in 2004.

He shamefully used the March '04 incident to attack PM Aznar's government.

What happened? Spanish troops were withdrawn.

And terrorists are still operating in Spain!

It's spring! So let's go to the Ft Worth Botanic Garden!

We "officially" entered spring last week. So now it's time to go and appreciate nature.

In Dallas-Ft Worth, we have a wonderful place called The Ft Worth Botanic Garden:

".....the oldest botanic garden in Texas, is a lush 109-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color.

A peaceful haven nestled in the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District, the Garden is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants that flourish in its 23 specialty gardens."

It's a popular place for weddings and business meetings. You can even eat there!

For many of us, The Botanic Garden is just a nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Or, enjoy a concert!

P.S. Speaking of spring, here is my favorite song about butterflies and spring.

This is Bob Lind's "Elusive butterfly".

In high school, my English teacher was a huge fan of this song. She always loved the imagery and lyrics.

She was right:

[Words and Music by Bob Lind]

You might wake up some mornin'
To the sound of something
Moving past your window in the wind
And if you're quick enough to rise
You'll catch a fleeting glimpse
Of someone's fading shadow

Out on the new horizon
You may see the floating motion
Of a distant pair of wings
And if the sleep has left your ears
You might hear footsteps running
Through an open meadow

Don't be concerned It will not harm you
It's only me pursuing somethin' I'm not sure of
Across my dreams With nets of wonder
I chase the bright Elusive butterfly of love

You might have heard my footsteps
Echo softly in the distance
Through the canyons of your mind
I might have even called your name
As I ran searching After something to believe in

You might have seen me runnin'
Through the long-abandoned ruins
Of the dreams you left behind
If you remember something there
That glided past you followed close
By heavy breathin'

Don't be concerned It will not harm you
It's only me pursuing somethin'
I'm not sure of
Across my dreams With nets of wonder
I chase the bright Elusive butterfly of love

Across my dreams With nets of wonder
I chase the bright Elusive butterfly of love"

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"The Great Communicator" and his sense of humor!

During his two terms, President Reagan's humor was a great weapon. He used it against his critics, our enemies and even himself.

We remember some of that humor this weekend:

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thurs show: Mexico, the deficits and abortion!

Today, we spoke with Kyle Godfrey of Yellow Limes, Adryana Boyne, delegate to the Republican Convention, and Laurence Iliff of The Dallas Morning News.

Adryana reviewed the case of Rev Hoye in California.

Kyle discussed a recent post and we spoke about the deficits.

Laurance updated us on the trade war and the situation in Mexico.

Click here for the show or go the icon on the right and select the show!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blaming Bush for BO's deficits is not working!

When will Pres Obama stop blaming Pres Bush?

We don't know. However, it didn't work with a group of voters who watched the press conference with Pollster Frank Luntz.

At some point, you have to get the "batter out" and stop blaming the starting pitcher for "loading the bases".

Karl Rove has a good summary of this deficit issue:

"Last fiscal year, the deficit was $459 billion.

For this fiscal year, it was $569 billion when Mr. Obama took office.

Under his proposals, another $1.276 trillion will be added to the deficit this year, for a total of $1.845 trillion.

The CBO says deficits will fall for three years to $658 billion, still nearly 50% larger than any past deficit.

After that, deficits go back up every year, reaching the trillion-dollar a year mark again in nine years."

Blaming Bush for Obama's deficits won't work!

Update on "Hope and change" and the "screamers"

Check out Noemie Emery's Death of the Obama dream:

"First, the financial crisis he was hired to fix has only grown worse under his tutelage, losing another 2,000-plus points on the Dow since his ascension.

Second, the ‘smoothest transition on record’ stopped being smooth when Bush went back to Texas, and has since been a mélange of scandals and dithering.

Third, the immense sums in his budget are starting to stun the more moderate Democrats, not to mention the Obamacons, who once put their hopes in his ‘moderate’ temperament.

Fourth, he and some of his high-profile picks have shown a repeated addiction to unforced errors and slights---mixing up names, misplacing dates, dissing Nancy Reagan, dissing the British Prime Minister, dissing the Special Olympics, created and run by John Kennedy’s sister—giving the impression the administration is run by the under-informed and the boorish and socially compromised.

Would Caroline’s father, who took part in his family’s effort to raise his retarded sister as normal, and who as president put great store in his special relationship with “Uncle Harold” McMillan, have found this amusing?

One rather thinks not."

What else is happening?

Pres BO's budget proposals have Dems worried:

How can anyone justify budget deficits of 10-12% of GDP running for several years into the future? John Hinderaker is right: Who's Going to Lend the Money?

The "yes we can" screamers are worried, too. They had such high expectations for this president.

We warned them during the campaign to check out FOUAD AJAMI and Obama and the Politics of Crowds!

We recall this from the article:

"Victory will steadily deliver the sobering verdict that our troubles won't be solved by a leader's magic."

Let me say it again:

The "yes we can" screamers will soon feel terrible pain, the pain of having been taken for a ride by someone who told them what they wanted to hear.

Of course, there is always that video. It tells you everything that you need to know about these voters!

For me, this whole Obama episode, from the speeches about "healing the planet" to doing press conferences with a TelePrompter, is something out of The Twilight Zone:

Dear Mexicans: Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do!

Sec Clinton is down in Mexico and telling them what they want to hear.

She does that well, as we learned last year when Clinton and Obama were bashing NAFTA during the Dem primaries.

This is what she is telling the Mexicans today:

"Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade.

Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the death of police officers, soldiers and civilians," Clinton told reporters during her flight to Mexico City.

"I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility." (Reuters)

OK. It sounds good. We can agree on some of that.

Let's agree that we need to do our part to fight these cartels.

Can anyone say "US troops" on the US side of the border?

We agree with Gov Perry, and most Republicans, who would like a serious response to the border violence.

I wrote a post about this a few days ago: Gov Perry wants troops on the border and he is right!

We have nothing against sending border agents but this is not an immigration problem anymore. We are facing brutal cartels with the latest weapons in the world!

Back to Sec Clinton.

Why in the world are Dems holding up the Merida Plan money?

What possible excuse did she give Pres Calderon?

This is as disgraceful as the issue of the trucks.

What party constituency are they pandering to on this one?

The Dem Congress has not released the funds for Mexico:

"The Mérida Initiative, a multiyear $1.4 billion assistance plan, is designed to help Mexico fight organized crime.

Congress has so far approved $700 million to bolster Mexico's rule of law and its law enforcement with training and equipment, including surveillance aircraft.

But delivery of some crucial equipment, such as five helicopters, has been postponed until 2011 and 2012." (DMN)

So why are we holding up deliveries of money or equipment?

What possible reason is there for the Dems to hold up this money?

When will the Obama administration deliver the money that Mexico needs to fight this war?

I don't know.

"Despite grandstanding about the border crisis, Congress still hasn't fully funded the $1.4 billion in assistance pledged under the Mérida drug-fighting initiative, and military-grade helicopters promised in the package might not be delivered until 2012.

That hardly conveys a sense of urgency."

Frankly, there is no urgency in the Dem Congress to help Mexico fight this war.

There is a lot of talk but The Merida Plan money has not been delivered!

Again, what excuse did Sec Clinton give Pres Calderon on that?

Memo to Mexicans: Watch what they do NOT what they tell you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dear Sec Clinton: Don't smile and stab Mexico in the back with protectionist policies!

Sec Clinton will be in Mexico City for a day or two. She is there to show US support for Pres Calderon and the war on the cartels.

So far, so good!

Time will tell whether Mexico succeeds or turns into a failed state. You can read opinions from both sides on this one.

I have always enjoyed reading ENRIQUE KRAUZE. I feel a little better after reading The Mexican Evolution !

He wants everyone to chill out and give Mexico a chance to fix its problems.

OK. Let's do that!

In this blog, we have supported Pres Calderon's war and his overall efforts to reform the Mexican economy.

On the other hand, we can't deny some of the reality south of the border:

Mexican drug wars now worse than Iraq

Combating Organized Crime in Mexico and Latin America

Mexico Isn’t a Failed State — Yet

Drug cartels' new weaponry means war

Mexico: The Next Iraq or Afghanistan?

My guess is that Mexico can win this war because Pres Calderon looks like a committed man.

We are happy to see that there is a lot of "Bush" in Calderon.

Mexico's current war looks a lot like Iraq in 2006.

What did Pres Bush do after 2006? He committed to victory and things are doing quite well in Iraq today.

Wouldn't the citizens of Cd Juarez love to see some of the peace in Baghdad today?

Mexico can defeat the cartels.

Mexico can not win a trade war with "protectionist" Democrats.

This is why I want Sec Clinton to bring some "truck keys" and reaffirm US support for NAFTA.

How do you show support for Pres Calderon and Mexico?

First, commit yourself to NAFTA and stop pandering to labor unions.

Besides the pandering, most Ohio jobs did not go to Mexico anyway. They moved to Texas and the south. Why? Because we have low taxes and a pro-business climate in all of the states that voted for McCain rather than Obama!

Want to help workers in PA, Ohio and New York?

Don't bash Mexico.

Cut taxes and tell the labor unions to get real!

Second, support Mexico so that it can create enough jobs to keep people at home. This is how you fix the illegal immigration problem. We can't take in every Mexican who can't find work or has given up on his country. They need to stay home and find a job! They need to believe in Mexico again!

Third, we need to stand with reformers, like Pres Calderon. Let's support them so that they can survive the onslaught from demagogues in the left.

Do the protectionist Dems understand this?

We will find out over the next few months!

P.S. The LA Times has a great editorial:

"In a move that defies the North American Free Trade Agreement and hurts U.S. workers, Congress is denying Mexican truckers permission to travel more than a few miles north of the border." ( A roadblock to Mexico)

Yes, I want Pres BO to fail. Why would I want this to succeed?

Rush Limbaugh created a lot of commotion by saying that "he wanted Pres Obama to fail".

In fact, Rush said that he wanted Pres BO's liberal policies to fail.

Let me say this: I want Pres Obama to fail!

Why in the world would I want this kind of unsustainable debt to happen? See the above chart!

This is where we are today:

"Over the next decade, Obama's plan will produce annual deficits averaging 5.3% of the economy — compared with a post-war average of 2%.

Even Obama's own budget director says that's unsustainable.

Meanwhile, the national debt will hit 82.4% of GDP in 2019 under Obama's plan, according to the CBO, more than double the post-war average.

Worse, none of this includes Obama's pledge to expand health coverage." (IBD: Debt To The Next Frontier )

Why would I do this to my sons or other kids?

What about that fear of inflation?

You can't spend money like this, or borrow money like this, without some inflation:

"Right now, almost everyone is concerned about recession.

However, two years from now, the current economic contraction will be a distant memory, and other concerns will be more prominent.

The most prominent problem is likely to be inflation." (Don't Forget About Inflation)

Again, why would I do that to my sons?

This is insane.

Pres BO's budget deficits are unsustainable and will cripple the US. (This is why he is going to have so many problems selling his budget.....see Michael Goodwin)

We need to spend every minute of our day making sure that this insanity fails!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Milwood and Padilla are the key to the 2009 season

What's the key to a fun Rangers' season?

The answer is 30 wins and 400 innings from Kevin Milwood and Vicente Padilla.

Give me that and this team will be competitive in September.

J-J Taylor has some good news:

"There is, however, one caveat that should make you change your mind: Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla are in contract years"

Last year, Milwood was hurt and pitched through a lot of pain. Padilla had problems at the end.

The Rangers will hit, play good defense and have some young arms in the system.

In 2009, Milwood and Padilla will be the key to a decent season or another long and boring baseball summer!

Your Tuesday morning humor will make you laugh and cry too!

We hear that Pres Obama is 24/7 on the teleprompter.

Of course, the spending is not very funny at all:

""THE NEW estimates by the Congressional Budget Office showing a federal deficit of 13.1 percent of gross domestic product for the current budget year, which began Oct. 1, are neither surprising nor particularly alarming, though it's larger than the 12.3 percent foreseen by the White House.

Both are stunning numbers -- far and away the largest deficit ratio since World War II." (WashPost)

On another serious note, Joshua Zumbrun has a stunning post: The Next Bubble: Obama's Budget Deficit

P.S. In fact, we've added a new feature to our blog: Pajamas TV and AlfonZo Rachel as President Zo-bama!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Are these the same people who used to "preach" about Bush's deficits?

Guess what?

Pres Obama and the Dems will take our deficits to historic levels.

Better put, dangerous levels.

Here are some scary numbers and it's not Halloween:

"This year's deficit will hit 13.1% of GDP and next year's will still be at 9.6%, assuming a healthy recovery, and then never get below 4.1% for the entire decade." (WSJ)

Just for comparison: It never got over 4% under Bush! (Check it out: Greg Mankiw is a professor of economics at Harvard University. His new post analyzes the federal budget deficits: Budget Deficit as a Percent of GDP )

What about the national debt? Again, it's scary and I'm not talking about a movie:

"The share of debt held by the public will double -- to 82.4% in 2019 from 40.8% in 2008"

So what about all of you who voted for change?

You voted for deficits! Scary deficits!

What about the "we inherited a deficit" story?

Since assuming the presidency, Pres BO has added $ 800 billion, or the stimulus that no one read. (It included the AIG bonuses)

This is looking more and more like BO's scary movie! I just hope that southern Democrats, in the House and Senate, stop it before it's too late!

Gov Perry wants troops on the border and he is right!

Gov Perry of Texas is exactly right: We need troops on the US-Mexico border!

"Perry, appearing on Fox News, said the president "made a mistake" when he told The Dallas Morning News that more forces are not necessary on the Mexican border right now.

"Washington has been an abject failure at defending our border," Perry said.

"We're spending our taxpayer dollars in Texas to defend the border.

That is not our role. That's the federal government's role."

In 2006, Pres Bush deployed National Guard units on the border. However, it was a passive presence to support border agents stopping people flows.

Today, we need troops to protect us from cartel violence.

Why troops rather than border agents?

Because this is a war not an immigration problem.

We need about 30,000 troops with orders to engage, and kill if necessary, drug cartel members trying to bring drugs north and weapons south.

Furthermore, it would be nice to see US and Mexican troops coordinating their efforts to stop drugs going north and guns going south. We need to squeeze the cartels from both sides!

This is not a minor irritant. The border major is now a major threat to both sides!

P.S. We like Ruben Navarrette a lot. Today, he posted Call It NAFTA for Narcos:

"The drug traffickers aren't playing games, and so neither should Americans.

They're destroying; we're debating.

They take lives; we refuse to take responsibility.

They're trying to control Mexico and the drug business; we think this is about gun control."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A very bad week for Pres BO!

Let me be perfectly clear, as a former president used to say.

Pres Obama did not mean to ridicule people with his comments about The Special Olympics.

I am not going to beat him up on that one!

His remakrs were insensitive, as liberals love to say.

Again, he did not mean anything by it.

At the same time, I can understand why someone could be offended.

Gov Palin, the mother of a down syndrome baby, reacted strongly.

What happened? They forgot the teleprompter. See Cyrano de Teleprompter!

Let me repeat: Someone at The White House forgot to put the teleprompter on Air Force One.

Rick Moran may have a point:

"Word from the White House and confirmed by the machine’s agent at Prompter People is that President Barack Obama’s teleprompter has gone on strike for improved working conditions and work rules."

Let me refer you to Bill Katz, one of our favorite bloggers.

Today, Bill examined analyzed what Michael Wolff of Vanity Fair wrote about Pres Obama:

"Sheesh, the guy is Jimmy Carter."

Wow! That hurts!

Again, Mr Wolff is a liberal who also wrote this about Pres Obama:

"But now, at week 11, we’re face-to-face with the reality, the man can’t talk worth a damn...

...He’s cold;

he’s prickly;

he’s uncomfortable;

he’s not funny;

and he’s getting awfully tedious.

He thinks it’s all about him.

That we want him for himself—that he doesn’t have to seduce, charm, surprise, show some skin.

So Jimmy."

Again, wow! That really hurts!

It was a very bad week.

My guess is that there will be a lot more, specially as reality crashes the "hope and change" rock concert!

Pres BO and the Dems should "abide by or get out" of NAFTA!

The Obama White House needs to come clean and call for the cancellation of NAFTA.

Pres BO is now the president of the US.

BO is no longer giving speeches before people jumping up and down saying "yes we can"!

In other words, we can't have "NAFTA a la BO"!

We either respect the free trade agreement or we pull out.

By the way, renegotiation is a bad idea specially since we have an extremely good arrangement for Canadian oil!

This "trade war" is a profile in cowardice.

It reflects Pres BO's unwillingness to stand up to an important constituency of the Dem party.

Pres BO and the Dems just voted to kill Pres. Bush's Mexican trucking program. (Pres Bush extended this program last summer!)

Does that make any sense?

How does a "nation of laws" pass a budget that includes a clear violation of a free trade agreement signed in 1993?

It makes no sense.

Are these the guys who are supposed to make us popular around the world?

Have you checked with Pres Lula of Brazil or PM Brown of the UK?

Don't ask Pres Calderon of Mexico. I'm sure that he'll have a few 'expletives" about "Hope and Change".

Pres Uribe of Colombia is not into "hope and change" either!

What's going on?

The Dems don't have the guts to stand up and cancel NAFTA.

They understand that such a move is not politically possible.

What do political cowards do?

They allow little provisions to go into the law and hope that no one notices them.

Once again, it's a profile in cowardice! It's amateurish behavior!

Doesn't this remind you of the Iraq War debates? They were against the war but didn't have the guts to cut the funding.

Today, The Boston Herald's editorial nails the Dems on the "safety canard":

"The Teamsters’ beef has been that Mexican trucks are unsafe.

This is, well, just fertilizer.

In a joint U.S.-Mexico inspection program, randomly stopped Mexican trucks were in violation of regulations 20.7 percent of the time vs. 21.6 percent for U.S. trucks.

A pilot program to allow as many as 500 Mexican trucks to make deliveries here was ended in a provision of the recent $410 billion omnibus spending bill." (Doing wrong by Mexico)

Pres Obama needs to stop cracking jokes about the disabled and address this matter immediately.

What kind of signal are we sending to the world?

Wonder what Canada, the other party in NAFTA, thinks about this?

Pres Obama and the Dems didn't even have the decency or courtesy to call the Mexican Embassy and say: "Amigo, we are going to change NAFTA!"

How does Pres Obama sign a bill that includes a violation of an existing free trade agreement?

Again, Pres BO should be a man about this.

It's time to get out or abide by NAFTA.

P.S. Don't expect too much from this man. We are talking about the guy who sat in Rev Wright's church for 20 years and never heard anything!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Deficits mean that Pres BO's expansion of government is dead in the water!

Frankly, I didn't think that Pres Obama's honeymoon from reality would end this quickly.

On the other hand, this is what happens to someone who told a lot of people what they wanted to hear!

Here is the deficit news:

"The Congressional Budget Office figures, released Friday, predict Obama's budget will produce $9.3 trillion worth of red ink over 2010-2019.

That's $2.3 trillion worse than the White House predicted in its budget.

Worst of all, CBO says the deficit under Obama's policies would never go below 4 percent of the size of the economy, figures that economists agree are unsustainable.

By the end of the decade, the deficit would exceed 5 percent of gross domestic product, a dangerously high level." (FOX)

"Hope and change" has a hefty price tag!

What's the bad news? Pres Obama's deficits will be huge!

What's the good news? Pres Obama's socialism is dead. We can't pay for it.

What's Pres Obama going to do? He will spend the next 3 plus years about all of those things that he wants to do but we can't afford.

I love it.

Reality has finally caught up with "Hope and change"!

Did "Hope and change" start a trade war over 97 Mexican trucks?

Our friends in Mexico don't like it. They tell me that Mexicans are angry with "Hope and Change" and the Dems' protectionist overreach in Washington.

I guess that change for the sake of change can be a bad thing!

We did warn our Mexican friends that "hope and change" was one gigantic "fairy tale", as Pres Clinton warned us during the primaries.

Pres Calderon doesn't like it either. He doesn't need a trade war on top of the other border war going on.

Moral of the story: This is what happens when you elect someone who owes millions of votes to the US labor unions. Also, beware of anyone who gets college students to jump and down and scream "yes we can"!

NRO has a great editorial today entitled Teamster Unilateralism:

"Obama has announced that he wants to avoid these sanctions by crafting a new trucking program that satisfies everyone; it seems to us that trying to have it both ways on trade is exactly what got Obama into this mess.

He can never satisfy the Teamsters, because their alleged safety concerns are a smokescreen for naked self-interest.

According to the conventional wisdom, Obama is not a protectionist at heart.

But unless he demonstrates an ability to rein in the protectionists in his own party, does that make any difference?"

Charles Krauthammer spoke for many of us today:

"If you thought the AIG hysteria was a display of populist cynicism directed at a relative triviality, consider this:

There are more than 6.5 million trucks in the United States.

The program Congress terminated allowed 97 Mexican trucks to roam among them.


Shutting them out not only undermines NAFTA.

It caused Mexico to retaliate with tariffs on 90 goods affecting $2.4 billion in U.S. trade coming out of 40 states.

The very last thing we need now is American protectionism.

It is guaranteed to start a world trade war.

A deeply wounded world economy needs two things to recover:

(1) vigorous U.S. government action to loosen credit by detoxifying the zombie banks and insolvent insurers, and

(2) avoidance of a trade war.

Free trade is the one area where the world indisputably turns to Washington for leadership.

What does it see?

Grandstanding, parochialism, petty payoffs to truckers and a rush to mindless populism.

Over what? Over 97 Mexican trucks....."

There you have it.

Pres Obama and the Dems have started a trade war over 97 trucks! Are these the same people who said that Pres Bush conducted a unilateral foreign policy?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pres BO and the Dems love our allies, unless they are Mexico, South Korea or Colombia!

This morning, Pres "Teleprompter Obama" read another speech. It was directed to the people of Iran. (Our Pres BO does not leave home without the teleprompter: Check out Obama’s Crutch — Why Is He So Afraid of Speaking Without a Teleprompter? By John R. Lott, Jr)

Shouldn't he do that one for the people of Mexico?

Question: Why has Mexico been thrown under the bus by Pres Obama and the Dems?

We warned our Mexican friends about protectionism and the anti-NAFTA attitude that dominates the Dem party.

We warned them to listen to candidate Obama when he spoke often against NAFTA or free trade in general.

It's here!

Get ready for lots of trade wars!

The Dallas Morning News got it right this morning:

"This is serious.

A trade war with Mexico is the last thing cash-strapped American employers need.

Sales will drop, consumer prices will rise, and some companies might shut down when their export markets shrivel.

That means more unemployment and a deepening economic crisis in the short term."

That's right. Trade wars kill jobs!

"This is a function of a protectionist climate in Congress, a lack of leadership in the White House and an open store for special interests, in this case, the Teamsters, who see Mexican trucks as a threat."

We need presidential leadership not more town hall meetings.

"Democrats profess to love our allies — unless they want to trade with us. Mexico joins South Korea and Colombia among friends we are stiffing on trade.

Perhaps if they got together and started an illicit nuclear-weapons program, they would be treated with more solicitude."

6 years later: The amazing story of Iraq!

(We have always loved this picture from Michael Yon's website)

Isn't this amazing?

Bad news is front page news.

Good news is not in the newspapers at all.

We've been cautiously optimistic about Iraq.

We understand that it is still a fragile democracy. However, it is a democracy, or a huge contrast to Saddam's rule.

IBD has a great editorial today:

"During his vicious 20-year reign, Saddam Hussein — remember him? — killed an estimated 5% of Iraq's population.

That works out to about 5,000 people a month slaughtered by the regime." (Bush's Big Victory)

We are proud of all of the US soldiers who fought in Iraq. We are specially happy that Pres Bush didn't read polls like then Sen Obama!

We are happy for the Iraqi people. It's nice to see them smiling and enjoying a new life.

P.S. This is an ABC report.




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