Post-Thanksgiving Reads

The U.S. Constitution:  K.I.S.S.

The Constitution is like a wall. Who wants a living wall surrounding their home? One day, the wall protects your house, another it expands into the neighbor’s yard, and on yet another day it contracts and breaks through the wall of your extra bedroom. It sounds like a low-grade horror film, but it’s the reality of our constitutional law.

Complexity and uncertainty are the enemy of liberty. Those who play with the boundaries to make it so no one but the “experts” can understand what’s going on are akin to the clerics of the Middle Ages, who kept the Bible out of the mother tongue, so it could not be understood by the common man. Working to create incomprehensibility out of plainness in order to make yourself powerful goes back thousands of years. It was Christ who said to the scholars of his day, “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge.” (Luke 11:52a)

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Gov. Mitch Daniels whips Indiana into shape.  I hope he reconsiders running for national office.  He’s exactly what the country needs right now.

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Karl Rove writes:

When Mr. Obama was sworn into office the federal deficit for this year stood at $422 billion. At the end of October, it stood at $1.42 trillion. The total national debt also soared to $7.5 trillion at the end of last month, up from $6.3 trillion shortly after Inauguration Day.

Yet 50% of Americans still place more of the blame on Bush.

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Awaiting the inevitable liberal crackup

Like fourth-generation heirs to some 19th-century industrial fortune, liberals have long forgotten where money comes from and are spending it as fast as they can with the inbred assurance there will always be more there. They have two simple lessons awaiting them:

a) You can’t go on forever spending money you don’t have.
b) You can’t go on borrowing money to spend what you don’t have.

Our economic future is at stake. Republicans know this in their bones. That’s why they’re opposing just about everything Democrats are doing right now, from healthcare on down. Democrats have nothing to say in response except to ignore the situation and look for scapegoats — the religious right, China, whoever is at hand. Even with control of the Presidency and both Houses of Congress, they’re having a tough time facing reality. Be prepared. When they start losing power, they may become incoherent.

I’d be much more optimistic if I felt Republicans were up to the challenges ahead. 

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School Reform Retreat?

This comes as no surprise. The teachers’ unions have spoken.

 

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