At Issue this week... Korea by Austin Bay The Korean War Game continues December 1, 2010 W Afghanistan Blankley (27) Airline Security Charen (17) hy did North Korea lace a sequences of all-out war in one of the A bitterly ironic consideration further Coulter (7) South Korean island with world’s most economically productive tempers South Korean policy. It took West Jacoby (16) artillery fire this week, then regions, East Asia, are thus far judged too Germany a decade-plus to pay for East Jeffrey (20) threaten further escalation? Because sen- great to risk waging one. The possible use Germany’s communist failure. Given the Krauthammer (18) Tyrrell (17) sational attacks are a vicious form of ad- of nuclear weapons adds another grave di- North’s dismal poverty, it could take five Will (18) vertising that reap significant political and mension. decades to make the wretched place habit- American Ingenuity economic dividends. Deadly fits of vio- able. Many South Koreans do not want to Malkin (22) lence followed by diplomatic tantrums ad- bear that economic burden. Answer Man vance the interests of North Korean tyrant Austin Yet North Korea intends to acquire a Seamans (14) Budget Cuts Lambro (10) Kim Jong-Il and his Stalinist regime. Bay nuclear arsenal, and this week revealed a sophisticated enrichment facility. A nu- China SINCE THE Cold War ended, Pyong- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate clear strike on Seoul also presents South Buchanan (31) yang has played a calculated game with Koreans with a heavy economic burden, College Education South Korea and its allies, Japan and the CHINA’S REACTION is another along with heavy casualties. Schlafly (24) Dear Mark United States. The North launches a mili- concern. China does not want a war on Levy (19) tary attack or terrorist foray, which is fol- its border. That is bad for business. North A TERRIBLE day of decision is ap- Fair Tax lowed by vicious bluster. Korean refugees might flood China. But proaching — the day North Korea deploys Cain (15) As time passes and the blood cools, what would China’s generals do if they its nuclear warheads. The dangerous game Fed, The Barone (13) North Korea signals it is ready to talk and see U.S. and South Korean armies (much then becomes more dangerous, and South Greenberg (11) perhaps discuss the possibility of, oh, end- less aided by China’s historical enemy, Ja- Korea may no longer enjoy the luxury of Harsanyi (13) ing its nuclear weapons program? How- pan) advancing north of the DMZ? China avoiding war. Until that day arrives, North Will (14) ever, the North insists on incentives. South is capable of responding with a range of Korea’s continued belligerence demon- General Motors Korea, Japan and the U.S. are urged to economic, diplomatic and military efforts. strates that the allies’ economic incen- Calabrese (12) Government Control provide economic and political carrots so The fact that Beijing, to its discredit, still tives are little more than acts of cyclical Sowell (21) North Korea will drop its military stick. supports North Korea’s communist state is ineptitude. Rewards for murderous behav- Williams (9) Consider the pattern over the last two not a good indicator. ior must end. Let wealthy China pay all of Government Spending decades. After his father, Kim Il-Sung, A dynastic change is brewing in the North Korea’s bills. Who knows, invest- Barone (15) died in 1994, Kim Jong-Il threatened vio- North. Kim Jong-Il has a favored son, but ment-savvy Beijing may finally tell Kim Israel Thomas (30) lence while conducting nuclear negotia- a war of succession involving other rela- to quit wasting money on nukes. Korea tions. The U.S. agreed to supply the North tives and military factions is possible. The Bay (1) with fuel oil. In 1998, South Korea began effects of an internal struggle are difficult Novemebr 24, 2010 Lame-Duck Session its Sunshine Policy, which included sup- to assess. The next generation may prefer Lambro (5) port for business ventures. Yet the North negotiations, or it may be raw, obstreper- Liberal Intellectuals Limbaugh (3) continued to test ballistic missiles. In Oc- ous and more prone to desperate action. Liberals tober 2006, North Korea detonated a nuke. Prager (8) The same routine of tantrum then talks fol- Thomas (9) lowed. Mainstream Media Bozell (23) 2010 has been a big year for Kim’s dan- North (22) gerous game. This past March, North Ko- Marine Commandant rea sunk a South Korean naval vessel and Norris (26) killed 46 sailors. South Korea considered Marriage a military response. Over the summer, ten- Gallagher (25) Military sions eased. This fall, the South shipped Lowry (25) food to the North. Now artillery shells rain Obama Presidency on a South Korean shopping center. Morris (2) The game is obvious, yet South Korea Palin, Sarah and its allies have consistently rewarded Charen (4) Murchison (4) Kim’s armed tantrums with economic can- Republicans dy. Despite tough rhetoric, both Democrat- Chapman (21) ic and Republican presidential administra- START Treaty tions in the U.S. have acceded to North Buchanan (28) Limbaugh (29) Korea’s extortion racket. Terrorist Civilian Trial Four deep concerns give South Korea Chavez (10) and the U.S. pause when considering mili- Lowry (30) tary action to topple the Kim regime. White Vote The global economy is a huge consid- Elder (6) eration. Kim’s missiles target valuable economic territory. The destructive con- 2 Conservative Chronicle OBAMA PRESIDENCY: November 24, 2010 Using executive order to implement radical agenda D oes President Obama plan to sulfur dioxide, particulates, nitrous ox- be approved without a secret ballot vote clined by 75 percent. But non-union move to the center in response ides and other chemicals that cause hu- of the entire workforce. manufacturing jobs have actually risen to his overwhelming rejection man diseases. To use it to fight carbon Currently, if a majority of the work- over the same period by 15 percent. at the polls on Nov. 2? No way! Instead, dioxide — which we all breathe without ers sign the cards, a secret ballot vote After he lost Congress in 1992, Bill he is moving to implement, through ex- ill effects — because of concerns about is then triggered. Frequently, the union Clinton, too, resorted to executive or- ecutive action, two of the most contro- global warming is a perversion of the loses these elections, proving that the ders to maintain his momentum as pres- versial items in his 2010 agenda — a law. card check-off is subject to coercion and ident. With Congress unwilling to pass carbon tax and pollution permit system Worse, because the Clean Air Act bullying. The Democratic majority in anything he proposed, the president can- and a ban on the use of secret ballots in is designed to protect public health by the Sen- ate wouldn’t approve vassed the administration for ideas that union elections. measuring aggregate pollution in each the card check change, so could be implemented by executive or- Through executive action by the En- geographic area, the NLRB is plan- ders. A very productive period followed, vironmental Protection Administration it limits econom- Dick ning to accomplish during which tobacco regulation, higher (EPA) and the National Labor Relations ic development the same objective educational standards, affirmative ac- Board (NLRB), the Obama administra- in communities Morris administratively, tion reform and other key measures tion is planning to effectuate both poli- where the pollu- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate trapping workers were implemented without asking Con- cies without asking Congress. tion levels exceed into unionization gress’ permission. prescribed standards. But carbon diox- they would reject if afforded the oppor- But Clinton’s executive orders were NEVER MIND that he couldn’t ide doesn’t poison anyone. It makes no tunity to vote by secret ballot. on subjects on which Congress had not persuade even a top-heavy Democratic sense to ban factory expansion in areas voted. They did not contradict the ex- Congress to pass either program. Or that where the nature of the industries is that BOTH THE pollution permit/carbon press will of the body. Obama is using public opinion polls show massive re- there will be high carbon dioxide levels tax and the forced unionization pro- the strategy to act in direct defiance of jection of both measures. Or that each (like oil area of Texas and Louisiana). posals will be job-killers. The U.S. has congressional action. He is passing ideas is a sure job killer by itself — and to- But that’s what the EPA plans to do, vir- maintained its 25 percent share of glob- Congress refused to pass, even when he gether, they are even worse. This arro- tually making economic growth illegal al manufacturing by replacing workers had huge majorities. gant, ideologically driven radical is de- in large parts of the United States. with energy-driven machines. Obama will live to regret these termined to have his way, and the public Meanwhile, Craig Becker, the former In the past 10 years, the number of moves. Republicans in the House will be damned! chief counsel of the Service Employees manufacturing employees has declined de-fund these actions and insert legisla- The EPA is currently soliciting pub- International Union (SEIU) — now the by 33 percent, but our production has tive language making it a crime to spend lic comments for its plan to use the head of the NLRB — has secured a 3-2 risen by 50 percent. But automation appropriated funds to implement them. Clean Air Act of 1970 to regulate car- party line majority to repeal the Dana takes energy — lots of it — by taxing By this strategy, all of the controversial bon dioxide emissions. The Clean Air decision, which mandates secret ballots energy, we are eliminating the strategy Obama legislation will be at issue dur- Act, as the name indicates, is designed in unionization elections. The NLRB that has preserved our jobs. And mas- ing the budget fight — taxes, Obamac- to fight against pollution — unhealthy will rule that if a majority of workers sive unionization of the private sector are, cap and trade and card check. The chemicals that are belched into the air check off that they want a union on will also drive out our jobs. Since 1990, more these issues are inserted into the by smokestacks. It was passed to fight cards, then the union will automatically unionized manufacturing jobs have de- budget fight, the greater the chances of Republican victory. SO PRESIDENT Obama has not learned the lessons of 2010 and likely never will. •USPS: 762-710/•ISSN: 0088-7403 Published by Hampton Publishing Co. (Established 1876) Division of Mid-America Publishing Corp. 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E-mail address: Need to make a correction on your mailing label? email@example.com Visit our web site at: Contact us at 800-888-3039 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.conservativechronicle.com December 1, 2010 3 LIBERAL INTELLECTUALS: November 23, 2010 Save us from the intellectuals S uper-genius political science making $250,000 or more would not be professor Charles H. Franklin a giveaway. We’re not talking about the of the University of Wiscon- government’s money, but money earned sin, Madison recently gave loud voice by individuals. Only leftists believe that to a widely held liberal belief: Ordinary all income is the property of the state and Americans, especially conservative that the amount remaining after income ones, are stupid. taxes is a gift from the government to the individual. AT A CONFERENCE by the So- Moreover, the tax rates we’re dis- ciety of Professional Journalists, alter- cussing have been in place since 2003. native newspaper editor Bill Lueders To extend those rates would not be a cut. asked Franklin why “the public seemed To fail to extend them would constitute to vote against its own interests and stat- a tax increase. I suppose “intelligence” ed desires, for instance by electing can- doesn’t re- quire the honest use of didates who’ll drive up the deficit with t e r m i - nology. fiscally reckless In addition, the giveaways to the David premise is overly rich.” Franklin re- Limbaugh simplistic because it suggests that ex- sponded: “I’m (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate tending the Bush not endorsing the rates for the high- American voter. They’re pretty da-- est income bracket would cost the gov- stupid.” (Excuse my impertinence, but ernment revenues dollar for dollar, as if out the Democrats were overwhelmingly that 20 percent of voters believed health is there a grammatical glitch in the ge- we have a completely static economy. repudiating Obama’s reckless spending care was not only important but the most nius’s formulation?) The mentally gifted simply refuse to ac- in virtually every other category — save important issue. Doubtless, a full major- First, we should note that Franklin knowledge the empirical evidence show- defense. That is, they voted not against ity of voters believed it was among the implicitly accepted Lueders’ premise as ing that reductions in marginal income their interests, Mr. Lueders and Profes- most important problems, even if not fact: The voters who claim to be moti- tax rates during the Kennedy years, the sor Franklin, but consistent with them. the most important. vated by a passion to end reckless Wash- Reagan years and the George W. Bush The liberal intelligentsia’s contempt ington spending had just elected candi- years resulted in increases in revenue. YOU MIGHT be interested in some for the American people is well-estab- dates who will be fiscally irresponsible They also fail to factor in the economic other pronouncements by Professor lished. Franklin’s snarky outburst is lit- because they support “reckless give- truism that tax increases during bad eco- Erudition. One example: In an article tle different from then-ABC anchorman aways to the rich.” nomic times retard growth and thus con- in Politico about a year ago, Franklin Peter Jennings’ statement that American But how smart is it to mischaracterize stitute a drag on tax revenues. wrote, “The issue that has dominated voters had a temper tantrum when they a policy, misrepresent its likely conse- Finally, the premise ignores that vot- the summer and fall, health care reform, delivered a congressional majority to quences and ignore other relevant data ers were rejecting Obama’s big spend- will most likely not remain high on vot- Republicans in 1994, Obama’s assess- to arrive at an ideologically preordained ing across the board and that the exten- ers’ list of the most important problems ment that voters are irrational because conclusion? sion of the Bush rates would be only one in 12 months regardless of the outcome they are scared or the Bush haters bitter- Extending Bush tax cuts for those small part of the equation. Those voting of legislation.” Well, exit polls showed ly decrying the 2000 and 2004 elections with their observation that red-state voters were “reality-challenged.” And it’s no different from liberals’ perpetual characterization of Republican political figures as stupid, from Reagan to George W. Bush to Sarah Palin. I’ll tell you what is rather silly; I don’t want to say “stupid.” It’s this repeated assertion that one’s political viewpoint is based on intelligence, when it is far more related to one’s worldview and disposition. For every brilliant, average or unintelligent liberal, I’ll show you a brilliant, average or unintelligent con- servative. Ideology is not a function of IQ, and political allegiances and policy preferences are often unrelated to facts. If you want an example of “stupid” — or at least intellectual negligence — consider the childish willingness on the part of so many intellectuals, on the left and the right, to deify candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Then again, hasn’t it always been axi- omatic that “intellectuals” lack common sense? In their minds, Jimmy Carter was going to make the ideal president. What’s worse, many of them think he did. PLEASE SAVE us from the intel- lectuals. 4 Conservative Chronicle SARAH PALIN: November 19, 2010 Why Sarah Palin shouldn’t run in 2012 B y telling Barbara Walters that the former governor should not be blamed she thinks she can defeat Presi- for the decisions of her adult daughter. Yet dent Obama, Sarah Palin has there in the audience we see Sarah and dimmed hopes cherished by sensible Re- Todd Palin, mugging for the camera and publicans that she might decide against cheering on their unwed-mother daugh- a run for the White House in 2012. Here ter as she bumps and grinds to the tune of are just some of the reasons she should not “Mamma Told Me (Not to Come).” Her run. parents had advised her, the 20-year-old The Republican nominee should be Bristol told an interviewer, that she had to someone with vast and impressive experi- stay “in character” if she expected to win. ence in government and the private sector Being “in character” apparently — and a proven re- meant descending to trayed flightiness and recklessness. Tom seizes upon any opportunity to make con- cord. Voters chose the vulgarity that Tancredo, Palin’s choice for governor of servatives look kooky), but again, Palin a novice with plen- Mona DWTS peddles on Colorado, has ridden his anti-immigration should have anticipated that. Besides, this ty of star power in 2008 and will be Charen a weekly basis. The hobbyhorse in a style perfectly suited to momma grizzly was alienate Hispanic voters (describing Mi- one cannot be laid at the feet of the biased media. O’Donnell was a thoroughly un- inclined to swing (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate apparently unfazed ami, for example, as a “Third World” city). qualified candidate. strongly in the other by — or, equally The endorsement of Christine O’Donnell Palin has many strengths. I admire her direction in 2012. Americans will be look- disturbing, unaware of — the indignity. was irresponsible and damaging, losing fortitude and her commitment to principle. ing for sober competence, managerial skill And this is supposed to be a conservative a seat that would certainly have been a Her capacity to connect with a crowd is and maturity, not sizzle and flash. culture warrior? Republican pickup absent Palin’s intru- something most politicians can only dream Judgment, above all, is what voters sion into the race. It goes without saying of. I will always remember her 2008 con- AFTER THE 2008 campaign revealed prize in a presidential candidate. Some that O’Donnell received an absurdly dis- vention speech as a rollicking star turn. her weaknesses on substance, Palin was of Sarah Palin’s 2010 endorsements were proportionate amount of ink and attention She would be terrific as a talk-show host advised by those who admire her natu- sound and arguably helpful. Others be- during the race (the liberal press naturally — the new Oprah. ral gifts to bone up on policy and devote herself to governing Alaska successfully. BUT AS A presidential candidate? Instead, she quit her job as governor af- SARAH PALIN: November 23, 2010 Someone to convince critical independent ter two and a half years, published a book voters that Republicans can govern suc- (another is due next week) and seemed to chase money and empty celebrity. Now, The Palin perplexity cessfully? Absolutely not. S rather than being able to highlight the ac- complishments of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, we arah Palin is the best thing speeches (which she does with enor- fame actually resembles the sniping and get Sarah Palin’s Alaska, another cheesy that’s happened lately to the mous enthusiasm, if less-than-great disdain that has followed Obama since entrant in the reality show genre. She’d so right and the left, both at the pitch and intonation) for any candidate the election. Whereas once he could do much rather be out dog sledding than in same time. Much of the right pays her she wants to endorse. There’s really no no wrong, he now seems incapable — some “dull political office,” she tells the obeisance for mobilizing the troops and Palin problem in this event. She’s a free as the left sees it — of doing any right. audience. File that. smart-alecking the left — which in turn lance, like the roving European knights Palin comes on, politically, like the She is wildly popular with a swath of loves her for splitting (so the left hopes) whose military careers gave rise to the upperclassman a sorority pledge met the Republican electorate, it’s true. And, the right over her personality and track name. A free lance is fine. late one night at the “Twilight” costume as a conservative woman politician told record. party: best abs ever and, oh, those dis- me, the consultants (who get paid the big creet tattoos! — but will he still respect bucks win or lose) will doubtless descend THE BEST way for a conservative William me in the morning? upon her with game plans showing how to incur a black eye and a “country club she can win in Iowa and then cruise to the Republican” label is to suggest that the Murchison There is no reason to suspect Palin of attempting a con job, saying what she nomination. Maybe. But the general elec- mother of Bristol Palin and host of Sar- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate says, in the way she says it, for mere tion would be a problem, since 53 percent ah Palin’s Alaska hasn’t it in her to lead personal aggrandizement. On the other of independent voters view Palin unfavor- the world’s — still, we hope — leading What if she does, though, after all, hand, before we hand over the country ably, according to a recent Gallup poll, nation. want to be president? The Sarah conun- to her, we need to take the lady’s mea- along with 81 percent of Democrats. Not requiring a black eye at the mo- drum rises at this point to a higher, more sure in terms of character, intelligence There is no denying that Sarah Palin ment, I decline to enter the contest. feverish pitch. I might circle around and skills. We need to know her philoso- has been harshly, sometimes even brutally There’s a basic question to consider, all the matter cautiously and suggest that phy, her ideals — not just in glittering treated by the press and the news/enter- the same: Must we take it for granted the pathway to the White House is less outline but instead in specifics. How tainment gaggle. But any prominent Re- that a best-selling author and all-purpose promising than it once was for inspira- would she save Medicare? How would publican must expect some of that and be celeb has presidential aspirations we are tional speakers with great life stories. A she deal with Putin, Karzai, Chavez able to transcend it. She compares herself obliged to sort through? principle reason for this is Barack H. and Ahmadinejad? How would she like to Reagan. But Reagan didn’t mud wrestle Might it not prove the case that she’s Obama. America to integrate newcomers into its with the press. Palin seems consumed and merely enjoying celebrity and the ac- Once bitten, twice shy, is the folk ad- national life? How would she have us obsessed by it, as her rapid Twitter finger companying paychecks and royalties? age. A couple of years ago, the public protect unborn life? attests, and thus encourages the sniping. The ex-governor’s nimble instincts — especially that portion susceptible to Voters need not to guess at these She should be presiding over meetings on don’t — yet — prove anything about her the political love bug — fell hard for a things; they need clear understandings oil and gas leases in the North Slope, or save that she’s quicker on her feet than barely known Illinois senator, one Mr. from candidate A or B, or P, as to what devising alternatives to Obamacare. Every Bristol; with a matchless eye for what Obama. He was too cool for words — proposals they would advance. public spat with Dave Letterman or Po- was once called the main chance; not to an opinion that everyone now is sure he litico, or the “lamestream media,” or God mention, as Americans used to say, the shares. Two years later ... well, why go PRESIDENT PALIN? We can’t rule help us, Levi Johnston, diminishes her. nerve of an Army mule. into what everyone knows? that out in the long run. But please not If we grant her celebrity status, that in 2012. There isn’t time for that — not SPEAKING OF television, sorry, this takes care of a lot of problems. We don’t THE PARALLELS between Obama a fourth of it, not a tenth. She needs to must be mentioned. Have you watched have to psychoanalyze her constantly, and Palin are marked: thin resumes, grow on us as our problems, our chal- Dancing With the Stars? Cheesy would as if she were Barack Obama. Conser- large talents for getting attention. Some lenges, our opportunities grow on her. be several steps up for this one. Perhaps vatives can settle back and let her give of the backlash against Palin’s overnight December 1, 2010 5 LAME-DUCK SESSION: November 18, 2010 GOP doesn’t need to ‘bury the hatchet’ A post-election “bury the hatch- of their defeat, as their minority leader. et” meeting with President She was the driving force behind the Obama and Republican and failed $800-billion stimulus bill, the Democratic leaders was abruptly post- $2-trillion health care plan, and the poned this week. Neither side is ready Democrats’ multi-trillion-dollar deficit to bury it. spending binge. In the aftermath of the Democrats’ A majority of those who went to massive losses in Congress, the White the polls voted against these and other House was suddenly sending signals spending schemes championed by the that it wanted to cease its political war- Democrats. The voters were clearly fare and seek compromise between the sending the ruling party a message, but two parties. they still don’t get it. A senior staffer for the House Demo- REPUBLICANS, TOO, said they cratic leadership told me this week that were willing to sit down with Obama, “the House Democrats’ position talk over their differences and see what has not changed” on plans to the president pass the tax increase means by compro- Donald bill that many in mise. But a couple of weeks after the Lambro their party oppose. So much for bi- polls closed, the (c) 2010, United Media Services partisanship. White House and More than 60 Democratic leaders made it clear they House Democrats lost their seats on ity Leader Harry Reid. His response to the Republicans in the final weeks of the weren’t budging on anything, least of all Election Day, 43 House Democrats vot- the loss of six Democrats is to expand midterm elections. the primary issue in the upcoming lame- ed to replace Pelosi as minority leader the influence of New York Sen. Charles His economic stimulus schemes have duck session: the biggest tax increase in with a token challenger, and, in a further Schumer, one of the most partisan Dem- been colossal and costly failures, and he U.S. history. rebuke of her failed policies, 68 of them ocrats in the leadership. and his party have run out of ideas about Senior presidential adviser David voted to postpone any leadership vote what to do next. Economic forecasters Axelrod seemed to be signaling sup- until next month. SO WITH the Democrats divided at the Fed and elsewhere see slower port for an across-the-board extension “When you have taken the largest and in disarray on Capitol Hill, and a growth next year and beyond, and still of the soon-to-expire tax cuts, only to losses of any majority in my lifetime,” significantly weakened White House the White House is calling for higher be slapped down by Obama. Within said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who sending confused and mixed messages taxes on an anemic, jobless economy. hours Axelrod was announcing there is called for postponing the vote, it’s “time about where it is headed next, GOP lead- His trade trip to Asia, immediately no change in the White House’s plan to for reflection to better understand the ers decided this was not the best time for after his policies and his party suffered raise the top income tax rates to a job- reason for those losses.” a meeting and cozy upstairs dinner with a massive rebuke from the voters, was killing 40 percent. But now that the House Democrat the president and Democratic leaders. seen as a complete failure. He has re- On Capitol Hill, the Democrats were caucus has been cut down to a much Obama needs this meeting more than fused to submit three negotiated trade also digging in their heels. In the House, more liberal minority, Pelosi and her they do. He was the one who promised agreements for ratification and done lit- Democrats re-elected archliberal Nancy gang are in no mood to compromise to change the partisan tone in Washing- tle to open up new markets for U.S. ex- Pelosi, the take-no-prisoners architect with the GOP. Neither is Senate Major- ton, then led a sharply partisan attack on ports because of deep opposition from organized labor. The White House suffered a further setback this week after Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second-ranking Republi- can, said there was no time to consider the new START nuclear arms treaty in this lame-duck session. Obama needs 14 Republicans to reach the 67 votes for approval, and Kyl’s decision gives the GOP the 14 that they needed to post- pone action until next year. So, this lame-duck session that made a mountain of unfinished budget bills is shaping up as an uncomfortable ex- perience for Obama and his party. The biggest battle will be whether to extend all of the Bush tax cuts, as Republicans want, or raise the two top tax rates on businesses and employers while the U.S. economy is still struggling to lift itself out of this recession. THIS WILL be Topic A between Obama and the Republicans when they meet on Nov. 30. The betting in this cor- ner is that Obama will seek some kind of a temporary extension on the grounds that this is no time to be raising income taxes on anyone. But right now the House Republicans want a permanent extension. 6 Conservative Chronicle WHITE VOTE: November 18, 2010 Clinton, Gore and Kerry lost the ‘white vote’ too “White America does not like having member just in time for the midterm a black president.” elections? This, perhaps, explains why Thus pronounced Michael Moore in Obama’s approval rating, postelection, an appearance on Real Time with Bill shot up to over 70 percent before com- Maher. And Maher agreed, “That is the ing down. truth.” Obama’s approval rating now stands “The statistics don’t lie,” Moore at the low- to mid-40s. So, presumably, plowed ahead. “I’m not talking about “white America” reverted back to its polls. I’m talking about that the young historical racism. But how does Moore people in ‘08 was the only — do you explain whites like Demo- know this? — it’s cratic House Speaker the only demo- Nancy Pelosi, with graphic — white Larry an approval rating at demographic — that Obama won, Elder less than 30 per- cent, and Demo- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate 18- to 29-year- cratic Senate Ma- olds. Every other demographic, over 29, jority Leader Harry Reid at 25 percent? Obama lost the white vote. Every single If “white America” dislikes having a one.” black president, why does “white Amer- ica” — in the South, no less — tolerate CRIME SOLVED. Case closed. a black congressperson? Book ‘em, Danno. Except for one minor Allen West, a black Republican for- ticism when he appeared on Anderson Actor/producer/director Rob Reiner detail: No Democratic presidential can- mer lieutenant colonel, won Florida’s Cooper’s CNN show. says the Tim Scott-supporting Tea Party didate has won the “white vote” since 22nd Congressional District. Its racial is not merely racist. It is also fascist. In 1964. demographics are 82.3 percent white, COOPER ASKED why the NAACP an appearance on Bill Maher’s show, Add Obama’s name to a long list of 3.8 percent black, 1.7 percent Asian, selected a “clearly left-wing group — Reiner worried whether a Hitler-like white Democrats who lost that demo- 10.7 percent Hispanic, 0.1 percent Na- which is opposed to the Tea Party” — charismatic leader might emerge to lead graphic: Humphrey in 1968; McGovern tive American and 0.2 percent other. to conduct the study. He said the report the party: in 1972; Carter in 1976 and 1980; Mon- Tim Scott, a black Republican candi- “does seem to use a lot of innuendo and Reiner: You never get into a political dale in 1984; Dukakis in 1988; Clinton date, won South Carolina’s 1st Congres- a lot of guilt by association.” Cooper discussion unless you bring the word in 1992 and 1996; Gore in 2000. sional District. Its racial demographics played a montage of video clips showing Hitler in. You have to have Hitler, so let’s In fact, white voters preferred Obama are 74.8 percent white, 21.1 percent prominent Democrats — from the Presi- put Hitler out there. Here’s Hitler, OK? to Sen. John Kerry — who lost the white black, 1.3 percent Asian, 2.5 percent dent on down — campaigning with the You have bad economic times, right? vote by 17 points in 2004, while Obama Hispanic, 0.4 percent Native American mantra that it’s time to “take our country Hitler, by the way, never got more than lost it in 2008 by “only” 12 points. and 0.2 percent other. back!” “Why is it when Democrats say 33 percent of the vote ever in Germany. Obama improved on Kerry’s share of Worse, Scott was backed by what the ‘take our country back,’” said Cooper, You have bad economic times — the white vote in every age demograph- NAACP calls the “racist” Tea Party! The “no one says that’s extreme nationalism, Maher: Well, he only had that one ic, including the 18- to 29-year-olds civil rights organization commissioned but when Tea Party supporters say it, it’s election, let’s be honest. ... There was (which Kerry lost). a study that purported to unmask the Tea ominous and racism in disguise?” Jeal- no 1937 election. Did “white America” temporarily Party’s racism. But NAACP CEO Ben ous stammered, stumbled and fumbled. Reiner: He wasn’t a majority guy, forget Obama’s skin color, only to re- Jealous encountered unexpected skep- Painful to watch. but he was charismatic and they were having bad economic times, just like we are now. People were out of work. They needed jobs, and a guy came along and rallied the troops. My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger, and that’s all Hitler sold.” Not a “majority guy?” President Bill Clinton not only twice lost the white vote but also, like Hitler, never won the majority of the electorate — 43 percent in 1992 and 49 percent in 1996. And the point is? Well, there is no point — at least none one might call coherent. A 2008 Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll asked likely voters whether they would refuse to vote for a black presi- dential candidate. Only four percent said yes — a smaller number than would re- fuse to vote for a woman or a Mormon. IT’S NOT about race. The reality is simple, if less comforting to Mr. Moore. “White America” does not even like voting for a white president — if he is a Democrat. December 1, 2010 7 AIRLINE SECURITY: November 17, 2010 Napolitano: The ball’s in my court now A fter the 9/11 attacks, when caught the diaper bomber. So, again, no 19 Muslim terrorists — 15 hijackers were stopped, but being able from Saudi Arabia, two from to see passengers in the nude boosted the United Arab Emirates and one each the morale of airport security personnel from Egypt and Lebanon, 14 with “al” by 22 percent. in their names — took over commercial After explosives were inserted in two aircraft with box-cutters, the govern- ink cartridges and placed on a plane ment banned sharp objects from planes. headed to the United States from the Muslim nation of Yemen, the govern- AIRPORT SECURITY began con- ment banned printer cartridges from fiscating little old ladies’ knitting nee- all domestic flights, resulting in no im- dles and breaking the mouse-sized nail provement in airport security, while re- fair, liberals told us, criminals would re- Only because the terrorists are Mus- files off of passengers’ nail clippers. quiring ink cartridges who traveled to ward us with good behavior. lims do we pretend not to notice who Surprisingly, no decrease in the number take Amtrak. As is now well known, crime explod- keeps trying to blow up our planes. of hijacking attempts by little old ladies So when the next Muslim terror- ed in the ‘70s. It took decades of con- It would be harder to find Swedes and manicurists was noted. ist, probably named Abdul Ahmed al servative law-and-order policies to get or Irish boarding commercial airliners After another Muslim terrorist, Rich- Shehri, places explosives in his anal crime back to near-1950s levels. in the U.S. than Muslims. Swarthy for- ard Reid, AKA Tariq Raja, AKA Abdel cavity, what is the government going to It’s similarly pointless to treat all eigners stand out like a sore thumb in an Rahim, AKA Abdul Raheem, AKA Abu require then? (If you’re looking Americans as if they’re potential ter- airport. The American domestic flying Ibrahim, AKA for a good investment rorists while trying to find and confis- population is remarkably homogenous. Sammy Cohen opportunity, might cate anything that could be used as a An airport is not a Sears department (which was only Ann I suggest rubber weapon. We can’t search all passengers store. his eHarmony alias), tried to Coulter gloves?) Last year, a for explosives because Muslims stick explosives up their anuses. (Talk about Only about a third of all Americans flew even once in the last year, and blow up a com- (c) 2010, Ann Coulter Muslim attempting jobs Americans just won’t do.) only seven percent took more than four mercial aircraft to murder Prince round trips. The majority of airline pas- with explosive-laden sneakers, the Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia YOU HAVE to search for the terror- sengers are middle-aged, middle-class, government prohibited more than three blew himself up with a bomb stuck up ists. white businessmen with about a million ounces of liquid from being carried on his anus. Fortunately, this didn’t happen Fortunately, that’s the one advantage frequent flier miles. I’d wager that more airplanes. near an airport, or Homeland Security we have in this war. In a lucky stroke, all than 90 percent of domestic air travelers All passengers were required to Secretary Janet Napolitano would now the terrorists are swarthy, foreign-born, were born in the U.S. take off their shoes for special security be requiring full body cavity searches to Muslim males. (Think: “Guys Madonna If the government did nothing more screening, which did not thwart a single fly. would date.”) than have a five-minute conversation terrorist attack, but made airport secu- You can’t stop a terrorist attack by This would give us a major leg up — with the one passenger per flight born rity checkpoints a lot smellier. searching for the explosives any more if only the country weren’t insane. outside the U.S., you’d need 90 percent After Muslim terrorist Umar Farouk than you can stop crime by taking away Is there any question that we’d be fewer Transportation Security Adminis- Abdulmutallab of Nigeria tried to deto- everyone’s guns. looking for Swedes if the 9/11 terrorists, tration agents and airlines would be far nate explosive material in his underwear In the 1970s, liberal ideas on crime the shoe bomber, the diaper bomber and safer than they are now. over Detroit last Christmas, the govern- swept the country. Gun owners were the printer cartridge bomber had all been Instead, Napolitano just keeps order- ment began requiring nude body scans treated like criminals while actual crim- Swedish? If the Irish Republican Army ing more invasive searches of all pas- at airports. inals were coddled and released. If only were bombing our planes, wouldn’t we sengers, without exception — except The machines, which cannot detect we treated criminals with dignity and re- be looking for people with Irish sur- members of Congress and government chemicals or plastic, would not have spect and showed them the system was names and an Irish appearance? officials, who get VIP treatment, so they never know what she’s doing to the rest of us. Two weeks ago, Napolitano ordered TSA agents to start groping women’s breasts and all passengers’ genitalia — children, nuns and rape victims, every- one except government officials and members of Congress. (Which is weird because Dennis Kucinich would like it.) “Please have your genitalia out and ready to be fondled when you approach the security checkpoint.” This is the punishment for refusing the nude body scan for passengers who don’t want to appear nude on live video or are worried about the skin cancer risk of the machines — risks acknowledged by the very Johns Hopkins study touted by the government. IT IS BECOMING increasingly ob- vious that we need to keep the govern- ment as far away from airport security as possible, and not only because Janet Napolitano did her graduate work in North Korea. 8 Conservative Chronicle LIBERALS: November 23, 2010 Why conservatives are happier than liberals A ccording to polls — Pew Re- can who is essentially happy is going to search Center, the National be less attracted to the left. Anyone who Science Foundation — and has interacted with black conservatives studies such as Professor Arthur Brooks’ rarely encounters an angry, unhappy Gross National Happiness, conserva- person. tive Americans are happier than liberal Why? Americans. Because the liberal view on race is Liberals respond this way: “If we’re that America is a racist society. There- unhappier, it’s because we are more up- fore, for all intents and purposes, a black set than conservatives over the plight of American must abandon liberalism in those less fortunate than ourselves.” order to be a happy individual. It is very But common sense and data suggest hard, if not impossible, to be a happy other explanations. person while believing that society is out to hurt you. So, the unhappy black FOR ONE thing, conservatives on will gravitate to liberalism, and liberal- the same socioeconomic level as liberals ism will in turn make him unhappier by give more charity and volunteer more reinforcing his view that he is a victim. time than do liberals. And as regards the The unhappy gravitate toward the suffering of non-Americans, for at least left for a second reason. Life is hard for a half-century, conservatives have been liberals, and life is hard for far more willing to conservatives. But sacrifice Ameri- conservatives as- can treasure and Dennis sume that life will Third, imagine two Americans living (as poor as that ship may be), the hap- American blood (often their own) Prager always be hard. Liberals, on the in essentially identical socioeconomic conditions. Both earn $45,000 a year, pier he or she will be. A fourth explanation for greater un- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate for other nations’ other hand, have both have the same amount of debt on happiness among liberals is that the liberty. utopian dreams. At his brother Robert’s their homes and both have the same more people allow feelings to govern Both of these facts refute the liberals- funeral, the late Sen. Edward M. Ken- number of dependents. One seeks gov- them, the less happy they will be. And are-more-concerned-about-others ex- nedy recalled his brother saying: “Some ernmental assistance wherever possible; the further left one goes, the more im- planation for liberal unhappiness. men see things as they are and say the other eschews any governmental portance one attaches to feelings. So, let’s look at other explanations. ‘why?’ I dream things that never were help. Which one is likely to be the lib- It is liberal educators and liberal par- Perhaps we are posing the question and say ‘why not?’” eral and which one is likely to be the ents who have clamored for protecting backward when we ask why liberals Utopians will always be less happy happier individual? young people from the pain of losing are less happy than conservatives. The than those who know that suffering is in- games. The liberal world came up with question implies that liberalism causes herent to human existence. The utopian THIS IS NOT a question only an the idea of giving trophies to kids who unhappiness. And while this is true, it compares America to utopia and finds it oracle can answer. The one who yearns lose; they don’t want their children feel- may be equally correct to say that un- terribly wanting. The conservative com- for governmental help is the one who is ing bad. Conservatives, on the other happy people are more likely to adopt pares America to the every other civili- likely to be both liberal and less happy. hand, teach their kids how to lose well. leftist positions. zation that has ever existed and walks Conservatism, which demands self-reli- They are less worried about their chil- Take black Americans, for example. It around wondering how he got so lucky ance, makes one happier. The more one dren feeling bad. makes perfect sense that a black Ameri- to be born or naturalized an American. feels that he is captain of his or her ship A couple of years ago, I gave a speech on happiness to the students and faculty of a prestigious high school in the Los Angeles area. The subject was the need to act happy even when one isn’t feeling happy — because it is unfair to others to inflict our bad moods on them and because we will never be happy if we allow our feelings to dictate our happi- ness. From what I experienced that day and learned later, liberal students and faculty generally loathed my speech; conserva- tive students generally loved it (there was no conservative faculty to speak of). Why? Because conservatives are far more likely to be comfortable with the idea that feelings are not as important as behavior. Those who know that feelings must not govern us, but that we must govern our feelings, are far more likely to be happy people. THE UPSHOT of all this? There is an amazingly simple way to defeat the left: Raise children who are grateful to be American, who don’t complain, who can handle losing and who are guided by values, not feelings. In other words, teach them how to be happy adults. December 1, 2010 9 LIBERALS: November 23, 2010 Is the American dream over? F or generations, parents have much of it that’s left anymore. Wherever told their children about “the you choose to look — at the economy American dream.” Basically it and jobs, the public schools, the budget has meant building a life based on the deficits, the nonstop warfare overseas — foundational principles that created and you’ll see a country in sad shape. Stan- have sustained America for more than dards of living are declining, 200 years. By do- and American par- ing so, one might ents increasingly reasonably expect Cal believe that their a new generation to achieve a better Thomas children will inher- it a very bad deal.” (c) 2010, Tribune Media Services life than their par- Herbert does not ents and grandparents experienced. But assess blame for this, so I will. His version what defines “better?” In modern times of the American dream — as opposed to it has been defined as achieving greater the original dream, which remains for prosperity and consuming more material those who would embrace it — is over goods. for a very good reason. Setting aside war, which was imposed on America, the AT LEAST one liberal writer is chan- eclipse of liberalism’s American dream liance, individual initiative and personal they do graduate) who lag behind other neling Jimmy Carter, implying our best has been largely caused by expanding, accountability. A monopolistic govern- nations in subjects that matter. days are behind us and this version of encroaching, over-taxing, over-spending ment school system keeps the poor from Herbert claims, “We have become a the American dream is over. Writing re- and over-regulating government. This achieving their dreams, as many remain hapless, can’t-do society.” He says it’s, cently in the New York Times, columnist has produced a country of government locked (thanks to Democrats and their “embarrassing.” Is it not the politicians Bob Herbert says: “However you want to addicts with an entitlement mentality. union supporters) in failing government who lead a people increasingly dependent define the American dream, there is not These twin maladies have eroded self-re- schools, producing graduates (if in fact on them who are responsible for this? The liberals among them and their policies are leading us down a path to economic and GOVERENMENT CONTROL: November 24, 2010 cultural insolvency. Health tyrants: Where will it stop? THE CREATION of a government that is out of control and thus out of touch, D robs every citizen, preventing fulfillment o federal, state and local gov- such as Twinkies, Pop Tarts, lard, salt smoking on airplanes and airports; suits of the original American dream. ernments have a right to in- and other threats to good health. Maybe against tobacco manufacturers; confis- Anyone who thinks dysfunctional tervene in our lives when it the Board of Supervisors would issue catory taxes on cigarettes; denying child government is going to help achieve their comes to choices affecting our health? ration stamps that a person would need adoption to smokers; bans on smoking dreams is putting their faith in the wrong Recently, the San Francisco Board of in order to purchase foods that in bars, restaurants and workplaces; place. People who believe a politician of Supervisors voted to forbid restaurants threaten obesity. even bans on outdoor smoking such as whatever party or persuasion can make from giving gifts with meals that con- in stadia, public beaches and city streets. their life better than individual initiative tain too much fat and sugar, a measure Walter Had the tobacco zealots called for all of are doing more than dreaming; such per- aimed at McDonald’s Happy Meals. these measures, as a total package back sons are displaying cult-like faith, which The reasoning of these tyrants is to pre- Williams in 1964, they would not have even got- can never be fulfilled. vent McDonald’s from using toys to (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate ten warning labels on cigarettes. That’s The rules for achieving the American lure children into liking foods the board the tyrant’s strategy: Attacking people’s dream may no longer be taught in and sup- deems non-nutritious. Fortunately, San There will be other challenges for San rights to property and liberty on a piece- ported by culture, but that doesn’t mean Francisco’s mayor, Gavin Newsom, by Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. Not meal basis reduces resistance. they don’t work. The rules are known to no means a libertarian, has threatened every California city has banned Happy previous generations: studying and stay- to veto the measure saying, “Despite its Meals. Happy Meals lovers can just go WE AMERICANS have given fed- ing in school; achieving at least an un- good intentions, I cannot support this across the Bay Bridge into Oakland or eral, state and local governments the dergraduate degree; avoiding drugs that unwise and unprecedented governmen- the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito to right to interfere with any aspect of our harm your mind and body; getting mar- tal intrusion into parental responsibili- dine on Happy Meals or smuggle them lives when it comes to issues of health. ried before you have children and work- ties and private choices.” into San Francisco. Maybe a Happy So should we be surprised when an ing hard to stay married as an example to Meal black market would emerge. That emboldened Congress enacts Obamac- those children and to benefit society; sav- IF THE BOARD of supervisors gets means the board of supervisors might are, even though most American were ing and investing for retirement so as not away with this intrusion into parental make random stops of cars coming into against it, that not only mandates that to burden taxpayers and relatives; living responsibilities and choices, we can bet the city and have its police make Happy we purchase health insurance but will within one’s means; demonstrating per- the rent money that they will not stop Meal arrests. eventually control virtually every aspect sonal honesty and professional integrity, with McDonald’s Happy Meals. The of our health care? Should we be sur- which comes from character developed in reason is that Happy Meals are not the YOU SAY, “Williams, you’re really prised when government tells us what one’s youth, usually with a sense of right only contributors to child obesity. stretching it; they’d never go to those food to give our children? Should we be and wrong once imposed by parents and What and how much they eat at home, extremes!” There’s no limit to what do- surprised when government taxes soft affirmed by culture. what time they eat and how much they gooder zealots will do to accomplish drinks in the name of fighting obesity? exercise play a role. When San Fran- their mission. Think back to the 1964, the Should we be surprised when govern- “AMERICA WILL never get its act cisco’s Board of Supervisors see that time of the “First Surgeon General Re- ments order restaurants not to serve foie together until we recognize how much their Happy Meal ban has not produced port: Smoking and Health.” Back then, gras or cook with trans fats? If you think trouble we’re really in,” writes Herbert. the desired results, they’ll seek to widen tobacco zealots called for “reasonable” government has the right to look after That’s true, but more than acknowledg- their reach. That might include laws that measures such as warning labels on cig- our health, how far would you have it ing the obvious is needed. We must also set purchase limits on non-nutritious arettes and restrictions on advertising. go? How about a congressional mandate understand what got us here and the path items in the city’s grocery stores. De- Emboldened by their success in getting for morning calisthenics, eight glasses that leads upward. What got us here is pending on family size, there would these relatively benign measures, tobac- of water a day and eight hours of sleep unrestrained liberalism. What will get us be a limit on the purchases of delights co zealots moved on to seeking bans on each night? back on the right path is ... (see above). 10 Conservative Chronicle BUDGET CUTS: November 23, 2010 Congress, wake up and take fiscal responsibility T he budget-cutting, debt-slash- ket-oriented reforms, enacted separately second leg of putting the deficit on a workers by letting them put a small por- ing proposals from the Na- from each other. Among them: downward trajectory. That means clos- tion of their payroll taxes into a diversi- tional Commission on Fiscal — Discretionary spending reduc- ing tax loopholes and cutting income fied bond and stock fund, just as federal Responsibility have drawn big yawns tions: House Republicans have already tax rates, as Bowles and Simpson’s plan employees do now under their pension from Congress, President Obama and pledged to roll back overall discre- will set into motion. system, is the best way to save Social the nightly news. tionary spending to fiscal 2009 levels. End- ing the home mort- Security and boost long-term benefits. Co-chairmen Erskine Bowles, a Dem- That’s a start. But gage deduction or Medicare and Medicaid similarly need ocrat, and Alan Simpson, a Republican, reducing spending Donald enacting a national to be reformed with market mechanisms threw everything they could into a plan is going to require sales tax isn’t going to slow or even reduce the growth in that they have presented to the 18-mem- cutting the size of Lambro to happen. But we health-care costs. ber panel, which will be voted on Dec. government and (c) 2010, United Media Services can eliminate hun- That’s the voluntary plan the late 1. Indeed, there are enough fiery issues that means end- dreds of billions of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Demo- here to start a war among pacifists: cut- ing programs and agencies and entire dollars in corporate welfare and lower crat of New York, crafted as head of a ting Social Security and raising eligibil- departments. the top tax rate to 28 percent. President commission to save the system from ity ages; curbing Medicare benefits and Reagan did it in 1986, with bipartisan bankruptcy. making rich people pay more for them; PRIVATIZE HOME mortgage gi- support, and it put the economy on a raising the gas tax by 15 cents a gallon; ants Fannie and Freddie and other mon- growth path for more than a quarter of THESE ARE not all reforms that can ending the mortgage interest deduction; ey-losing agencies like Amtrak; end a century and boosted tax revenues to be made in a year or in several years, but freezing federal pay and cutting Pen- farm subsidies, Legal Services, public boot. over time. The first goal is to immedi- tagon spending so deeply that Defense radio and television financial support, — Entitlements: Slowly raising early ately put spending on a downward curve Secretary says it will be “catastrophic” the Ex-Im Bank and dozens of other and standard retirement ages, and im- and maintain a strong economic growth to our national security. needless programs, and consolidate de- plementing a lower cost-of-living mea- rate that will boost tax revenues. But partments like Labor, Commerce, and surement, would help strengthen Social do we have the political will to support BUT APART from some fulminat- Interior and USDA. Security, but slashing benefits is a non- such long-term, sweeping reforms, and ing Op-Ed columns here and there, the — Raising the economic growth rate starter. will they come in time? country has yet to become fully engaged to four percent or more is the critical Raising future benefits for younger in what will likely be one of the most contentious debates in modern Ameri- TERRORIST CIVILIAN TRIAL: November 19, 2010 can history. Much of the tepid response we’ve seen so far has to do with the national exhaustion that follows a two-year mid- A giant travesty of justice N term election battle. Republicans have taken a strong hold of the House and ot since the infamous acquit- onators used in the attack, one of which was not guilty of criminal acts but acts of are now in the process of plotting their tal of O.J. Simpson has the the FBI recovered in Ghailani’s house war. He was a soldier in a vast network agenda strategies. Democrats are barely American jury system so ut- along with TNT traces; and gave the ac- that has declared war on the United States. holding on to the Senate amid deepen- terly failed as it did this week in acquit- tual suicide bomber the cell phone used He was captured in Pakistan in 2004 and ing doubts concerning their working ting on all but one charge former Guan- in plotting the attack. The jury did not transferred to Guantanamo in 2006. The majority. tanamo detainee Ahmed Ghailani, an al hear evidence from a witness who sold courts have decided that enemy combat- Recent private strategy conversations Qaida terrorist responsible for the deaths Ghailani the TNT used in the attack be- ants such as Ghailani cannot be held in- between the White House and Demo- of 224 people. A New York City jury cause the judge barred it, claiming that definitely without facing charges. But it cratic leaders reveal that their party is managed to convict Ghailani on only Ghailani led federal prosecutors to the was the Obama administration’s appall- more divided than ever over their next one charge — conspiracy to destroy U.S. witness only after Ghailani was subject to ing choice that those charges be brought steps. government property — in the attack on coercive interrogation methods at Guan- not in a military but in a civilian crimi- Besides, reining in the budget isn’t U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in tanamo. But even without this direct nal court. And one of the reasons they on congressional minds right now as 1998. testimony, there was more than enough pushed ahead with Ghailani’s trial under they head into a lame-duck session that evidence to convict on the more serious this new policy was that they viewed it is focused on what to do about the 2001- BUT THE failure is not just that of charges. as a slam-dunk for conviction on most, if 2003 Bush tax cuts, which are set to ex- one criminal jury but of the Obama ad- not all, charges. pire Jan. 1. If they do expire, taxes re- ministration, which decided to try enemy Critics have warned from the begin- vert back to their higher top rates under combatants in American criminal courts. Linda ning that this was sheer folly. Jury nullifi- President Clinton. Instead of admitting their serious error in As for the budget — which is running judgment, administration officials said Chavez cation is a fact of life in U.S. courtrooms today. Juries, especially those comprised (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate up a $1.3 trillion deficit — the Demo- they were “pleased” with the outcome of jurors with axes to grind, ignore evi- crats have failed to pass any of their ap- because Ghailani would serve a mini- How is it possible that Ghailani con- dence when they feel like it. And what propriations bills this year. The best they mum of 20 years in prison for his crimes. spired to destroy the embassy but is not more likely place to encounter jury nul- can hope for next month is a resolution Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, a Clinton-ap- responsible for the deaths and destruction lification than in a case involving highly to keep the government funded at pres- pointed federal judge who presided over that occurred when the conspiracy was charged issues such as the war on terror, ent levels until the new Congress takes the case, was even more reprehensible in carried out? Only the jurors know how detention at Guantanamo Ba and coer- over in 2011. his remarks after the trial. Kaplan com- they managed to defy logic and common cive interrogation? Meanwhile, the commission’s pro- plimented the jury on its verdict, sug- sense and ignore irrefutable evidence. posals, if they are able to muster a ma- gesting that “American justice can be Juries often make mistakes in rendering THE ONLY good that might come jority for them, will give the next Con- rendered calmly, deliberately and fairly judgment, letting off the guilty and, less of this travesty of justice for the 224 gress plenty of ideas to rein in spending by ordinary people, people who are not often, convicting the innocent. In the lat- who died in Tanzania, including a dozen and borrowing. Obama and the Demo- beholden to any government, not even ter case, our justice system has a failsafe Americans, is that the Obama adminis- crats have given us both unprecedented ours.” allowing for judicial review and appeal tration will now have to rethink its disas- spending levels and a feeble recovery The jury heard hard evidence that that can rectify the injustice. And even in trous policy. Enemy soldiers who commit too weak to make a dent in a nearly 10 Ghailani purchased the truck used in the the former, the acquittal of a guilty party crimes against the United States should percent unemployment rate. bombing in Tanzania; obtained some of does not always pose a threat to society. be tried in military courts. Maybe now Getting the American economy back the oxygen and acetylene gas tanks used Attorney General Eric Holder and Presi- on track is going to require a set of mar- in the bombing; stored the electronic det- BUT THIS case is different. Ghailani dent Obama will come to their senses. December 1, 2010 11 THE FED: November 23, 2010 Fed Chairman Helicopter Ben whirls on Y ou’d think any country that The great apostle of inflation in our had gone through hyperinfla- time, Paul Krugman, has it all worked tion would be aware of the out. Call it Krugmanomics, which is not dangers thereof. And you’d be right. No to be confused with real-world econom- one has been more critical of this admin- ics any more than Dr. Krugman’s No- istration’s inflationary policies than the bel for his earlier, schol- Germans. They arly papers is to be remember the hy- confused with the perinflation of the Paul slapdash punditry Weimar Republic — much better, Greenberg on display in his newspaper column. (c) 2010, Tribune Media Services apparently, than Professor Krug- we Americans remember the stagflation man is often described as a Keynes- of the Carter Years. ian, but that’s a libel on John Maynard Keynes, who understood the dangers of TO QUOTE Wolfgang Schaeuble, inflation early on. (See his The Econom- Germany’s current finance minister: “It ic Consequences of the Peace, published doesn’t add up when the Americans ac- in 1919, for an early warning against cuse the Chinese of currency manipu- what he called “inflationism.”) lation and then ... artificially lower the Ben Bernanke seems to have read value of the dollar.” his Krugman. It would be more assur- But that’s the whole point of Ben ing if he were reading Milton Friedman, but why spoil the fun by mentioning that ment’s debt and, therefore, that it is in Bernanke’s grand strategy as chair- who caught on to this game long ago. minor detail? the interest of the government to create man of the Federal Reserve System. He As the Carter Years neared their sad an- some inflation.” says, and doubtless believes, that what ticlimax, it was Milton Friedman who INFLATION IS the quick fix that Now that he’s chairman of the Fed, he the American economy, and maybe the warned that, instead of being a cure for doesn’t fix, not for long. It’s a remedy can create a lot of it, and he doesn’t need world’s, needs right now is a little in- unemployment, inflation would only that only aggravates the disease. Lest a helicopter to do it, just the authority flation. There is, of course, no such bring more of it down the road. we forget, it wasn’t till the Reagan Re- to buy another $600 billion’s worth of thing as a little inflation. Any more than The great rhetorical advantage of the cession drained the inflation out of the Treasury bonds. a lady can be a little pregnant. It is in inflationists is that, if their policies don’t economy that the long-running Reagan If anybody questions the wisdom of the nature of inflation to grow. Till just work, and one economic stimulus after Recovery began. that approach — Barack Obama certain- a little inflation becomes a lot. (Recom- another fails to stimulate the economy, But try telling that to Ben Bernanke, ly doesn’t; indeed, the president supports mended Reading: “A Tiger by the Tail,” at least to the extent they promised, then aka Helicopter Ben, who earned that so- it — then Chairman Bernanke can point Friedrich Hayek’s classic treatise on, or they can explain it’s only because not briquet in honor of the theory that the out that, however deep the government rather against, inflation.) enough of their advice was taken. Not economy could be strengthened and goes into debt, we only owe the money Not just inflation but the expectation enough money was printed! prosperity assured just by increasing the to ourselves! of inflation, says Doctor Bernanke, is a Much like the player at the roulette money supply — much like dropping Besides, these bonds are guaranteed, good thing. As he told a conference of table who keeps doubling his bet every currency out of a helicopter. aren’t they? Right. Just the way Fan- fellow gurus at Jackson Hole (they al- time he loses, the inflationist believes Or as Dr. Bernanke once put it in nie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s were. No ways meet in the best places), “an in- that all he has to do is double down and an all too revealing footnote to an aca- wonder people no longer use the expres- crease in inflation expectations could eventually he’ll win a fortune. Of course demic paper, “people know that infla- sion, “sound as a dollar.” become a benefit.” it’ll be in worthless currency by then, tion erodes the real value of the govern- To be fair, the president is scarcely unconcerned when it comes to matters fiscal and commercial. Just the other day, speaking from Jakarta, that key lis- tening post when it comes to American monetary policy, Mr. Obama warned that the global economy is becoming unbal- anced. He took especial aim at countries that are “intervening significantly in the currency markets to maintain their ad- vantage.” That’s telling off the Fed. If unintentionally. If there’s one thing this administra- tion is out to supply in even greater abundance than ever cheaper dollars, it’s unintentional irony. CHAIRMAN BERNANKE is a font of irony all by himself. Last week- end, he was lecturing the Chinese about how they’re unbalancing the global economy by keeping their currency ar- tificially low. Which is much the same policy he advocates for this country — as the Chinese, Germans, Brazilians and others at the Seoul summit were quick to point out, Dr. Bernanke isn’t about to prescribe his own medicine (Keep your currency strong!) for the Fed. That would risk being consistent. 12 Conservative Chronicle GENERAL MOTORS: November 18, 2010 GM’s good news: Is it really fundamental change? I t’s certainly good news that Gen- because of the citizenship of the people eral Motors has returned, at least who made them? for the moment, to profitability. I’ve owned a company that took on And the next time the CEO of a trou- too much debt. It made it pretty difficult bled company insists “bankruptcy is not to make a profit. If all my debt had been an option” because it would destroy all wiped out instantly, that company would consumer confidence in the company ... have been cash-flush in an instant. Must actually, would any CEO ever say such be nice! But if you haven’t changed the a thing again? fundamental nature of how you run your Probably not. business, so that you can finance opera- tions from ongoing revenues rather than SO AS GM’S initial public offering from borrowing, you’re just going to today starts it back down the road to end up back where you were. independence from government own- Are we sure GM has changed that ership, anyone would have to cheer the much? changes GM has I had another ex- made, and the re- perience in business. stored hope that Dan A very dramatic the entire domes- tic auto industry Calabrese spike in revenue led me to believe I might one day be- could take on lots THE LATEST numbers actually tions, he has even established the union- (c) 2010, North Star National come a truly viable, more overhead in showed GM, Ford and Chrysler gaining ization of Toyota as a major goal. self-sustaining, even (gasp) wealth-gen- the form of more employees, a bigger market share while Toyota and Honda You want to believe the company erating enterprise. office and more equipment. It turned out lost some. Wow. Almost too much of a is dealing with reality, but it was only And yet ... the big spike in revenue was just that — wow, if you know what I mean. That is a few months ago that GM “repaid” its One wonders if the factors that are a spike — and in a few months it leveled so counter to the trends of recent years, government loans with money it bor- giving us short-term profits today are back out to where it was previously. it’s almost hard to believe it represents a rowed from another government line of really sustainable over the long term. It This is what led to the debt problem dis- fundamental shift rather than a momen- credit, and sort of forgot that last part starts with the question of whether GM’s cussed above. tary correction. when it made its grand announcement. current and future executive leadership Oops! By this time, I’d taken out a Maybe, if you want to believe badly Finally, while everyone is glad the (it seems to change a lot these days) re- lease on a new office, signed all these enough in GM’s resurrection, it’s too federal government is letting go of its ally understands what went wrong and long-term equipment leases and hired a good to check. controlling interest, let’s not forget that led to the automaker’s collapse in the bunch of people. This led to problems There is also this: The United Auto even after the IPO, it will still own 33 first place. that have required years to solve. Workers does not appear any more root- percent of the company, and the UAW Do they really see that they were los- I’m glad GM just showed a profit, ed to reality now than it was during the continues to own a major share as well. ing $4,000 on the sale of every vehicle but what drove the current profit? Is it a auto bailout. In fact, if this is even possi- Major shareholders like that carry a lot because you can’t commit to pay sala- fundamental, sustainable change in the ble, it appears that new UAW president of clout, even if they don’t control a ma- ries and health care for people who don’t market? Or is it the result of more tem- Bob King is even more delusional than jority of the shares. Remember when work? That you can’t wait decades to poral events, such as pent-up consumer his predecessor, Ron Gettelfinger. Kirk Kerkorian controlled 9.9 percent upgrade brands and quality? That mar- demand finally breaking loose amidst a King has vowed no concessions in and people freaked out every time he ket share is not yours by divine right? sluggish economy that still hasn’t shown 2011, and appears so convinced of the tried to buy more? Crazy Kirk would be That people will not buy your products signs of robust growth? virtue of the UAW’s long-standing radi- a welcome face at the table compared to because of where they were made or cal views on labor/management rela- the still-daunting figure of Uncle Sam holding a third of all the poker chips. Look, good news is better than bad, and profits are better than losses, but a short-term achievement doesn’t neces- sarily mean a company that systemati- cally shot itself in the foot for a genera- tion is on an irreversible road to glory. If the people running the show today – and well into the future – don’t embrace very different thinking than that which brought them to the brink of extinction, they’ll end up right back where they were. Quick question: What major event happened in the auto industry in 1979? Yep, the notorious Chrysler bailout. And what happened three years later? Chrysler paid back the government- backed loans seven years early, in what everyone hailed as a remarkable turn- around. Surely, Chrysler had learned its les- son, and would never go down the road that required such a rescue again. QUICK QUESTION II: What ma- jor event happened in the auto industry in 2008? December 1, 2010 13 THE FED: November 18, 2010 The Fed’s $600 billion bond buy lays an egg I don’t claim to be an expert on ing that the United States is attempting to monetary policy or international fi- use their strength to compensate for our nance, but I’ve been astonished by own weakness. Brazil’s finance minister, the degree of disrespect expressed here Guido Mantega, minced no words when and abroad to the latest economic poli- he called the Fed’s action the beginning cies of President Barack Obama and Fed- of “currency wars.” eral Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Obama’s efforts to get agreement at the G-20 conference were not successful. THE POLICIES in question are the Seldom if ever has an American leader Obama administration’s attempts to con- been pummeled with such criticism at an vince other countries (especially China) international economic conference. to strengthen their currencies and the During the 2008 campaign, we pensate for bad fiscal policy. “The Fed- ers to consider “employing gold as a Fed’s renewed bout of quantitative easing w e r e told that foreigners eral Reserve is not a workshop for bro- reference point of market expectations (generally referred would once again re- ken fiscal, trade or regulatory policies,” about inflation, deflation and future cur- to as QE2), which Michael spect America if vot- he wrote. rency values.” Gold prices, as viewers of involves buying ers elected Obama. Warsh has been regarded, by me and cable news ads know, have been rising $600 billion in Barone That wasn’t appar- others more expert, as a solid Bernanke to near-record levels, so inflation is what Treasury bonds by (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate ent in Korea. ally on the Fed, one given to justifying Zoellick is worried about. next June. In Washington, the chairman’s policies to the outside Zoellick is no fringe character. He Both are widely interpreted as attempts too, there have been complaints com- world, and he voted with Bernanke on worked for James Baker at Treasury and to lower the value of the dollar to make ing from a surprising source. Shortly af- QE2. But in the Journal, he wrote, “I State and was George W. Bush’s special American exports cheaper and to reduce ter Bernanke announced the Fed’s QE2 consider the (Fed’s) action as necessar- trade representative and deputy secretary the huge export earnings of countries as policy, Federal Reserve Board member ily limited, circumscribed and subject to of state. varied as China, Germany and Brazil. Kevin Warsh wrote an article for the Wall regular review.” Translation: Ben, you This week, a group of predominantly Not surprisingly, Chinese and German Street Journal saying that there won’t be haven’t got my vote for long. Republican economists, financers and leaders are squawking loudly, complain- much easing and that the Fed can’t com- Similarly, many were surprised to see writers wrote an open letter to Bernanke World Bank President Robert Zoellick calling for ending QE2. “The planned as- write in the Financial Times Nov. 9 set purchases risk currency debasement THE FED: November 24, 2010 calling attention to the risk of inflation. and inflation, and we do not think they “Markets are using gold as an alternative will achieve the Fed’s objective of pro- It’s about time we politicized the Fed monetary asset today,” he wrote. HE URGED economic policymak- moting employment.” Searing words. It’s highly unusual for such a group to M put out such stinging criticism of a Fed onetary policy is a com- “printing a load of money and giving it his actions; and why should he? chairman’s policy. plex and mystical business to big banks.” It will drop another $600 Another letter from two dozen ex- In announcing QE2, Bernanke stressed — yet it was not, as far as I billion into the economy even though perts — including Douglas Holtz- the Fed’s statutory obligation to hold know, handed down from God to Moses the first round of more than $1 trillion Eakin, a former Congressional Budget down unemployment. That was inserted to Alan Greenspan. failed to do much of anything. In fact, Office director, and Stanford University into the Fed’s charge by Democrats in the But in case you forgot, “it is very im- more than $3 trillion has been thrown professor John Taylor, the man who de- 1970s but has clearly been considered of portant to keep politics out of monetary into the economic mix since w e signed a monetary-policy formula on secondary importance by Chairmen Paul policy,” the partisan political appointee started fixing the recession. interest rates used by the Fed — laying Volcker and Alan Greenspan to the Fed’s Timothy Geithner recently explained in out concerns went ignored. primary duty to hold down inflation. an interview with Bloomberg Televi- If these concerns had been simply I suspect that Bernanke is less focused sion. “You want to be very careful not David political posturing, it would have been on reducing unemployment than he is on to take steps that hurt our credibility.” Harsanyi one thing, but CNN reported that even preventing deflation. His scholarly work has concentrated on the disastrous defla- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate behind closed doors, Fed policymakers NO DOUBT, because of scarcity, had “contentious” arguments about what tion that struck America and much of Geithner has developed a profound ap- Many economists argue that this kind they saw as a “controversial” plan. the world in the 1930s. As a Fed board preciation for credibility. He is, after all, of policy has the potential to feed eco- Yet in this cloistered world, at least member in 2003, he delivered a widely one of the architects of our “stimulus” nomic bubbles, distort trade, push na- one of those with objections and skep- noticed speech warning of deflation and infrastructure and a supporter of a mon- tions to engage in competing devalua- ticism about the Fed’s policy and its indicating how the Fed could fight it. etary policy that managed to unite the tions, cause long-term inflation at home ability to boost the economy voted with He once wrote, presumably whimsi- entire industrial world against the Unit- and transform your dollar into some- Bernanke in the name of institutional cally, that if deflation was a great enough ed States at the recent G-20 meetings. thing ... well, less. solidarity. threat, the Fed chairman could go up in “U.S. leadership, once taken for Now, I’m in no position to offer any That sounds pretty “political” to me. a helicopter and throw money down into granted, has all but vanished, and no definitive statements on quantitative eas- the streets. But now it looks like a lot of one’s in charge,” wrote the editorial ing. But for argument’s sake, let’s imag- NOW, THE argument for Fed au- people want to ground Helicopter Ben. board of not the National Review, but ine momentarily that Fed Chairman Ben tonomy is based on the importance of the San Francisco Chronicle. Bernanke has lost his marbles. monetary stability. But to the colum- QE2 MAY have seemed a good match Political or not, perhaps we’ve al- nist, it seems that the Fed is causing for the Obama administration policy of lowed the power of the Federal Reserve WHY ARE these kinds of far-reach- more unease, unpredictability and con- strengthening China’s currency and in System to go unchallenged for too long. ing decisions regarding our economic cern among investors and citizens than the process weakening the dollar. But it Perhaps we’ve given too much defer- future immune from political debate and ever. Once the Fed instigates volatility, seems a poor match with the incoming ence to gurus who speak in Fiscal Koans legitimate public scrutiny? In no other doesn’t the argument against political Congress — and with the heads of many rather than English and hover above hu- sphere of public policymaking is anyone intervention dissipate? of the world’s other leading economic man fallibility, oversight and transpar- as inoculated from accountability or the Politics — however ugly and despi- powers. Can the Fed persist in a policy ency. Maybe it’s time to start thinking normal vagaries of a changing world. cable it gets — is the best way for us to that has stirred such scathing criticism? about re-examining its role. When a number of respected econo- sift through these concerns. If politics is Especially now that the Fed has be- mists and politicians laid out substantive good enough to decide war, health care gun a second round of “quantitative eas- economic concerns about QE2, Bernan- and education policy, it’s good enough ing” — colloquially known as QE2, or ke could hardly take the time to explain for the Fed. 14 Conservative Chronicle THE FED: November 18, 2010 The Fed’s dual mandate trap T his lame-duck Congress — executive branch wants done but that its mandate exhausted, many the legislative branch will not do — an- of its members repudiated — other stimulus. should merely fund the government for By seeming to do the president’s bid- a few months at current spending lev- ding, the Fed stumbled into a diplomatic els with a “continuing resolution,” then thicket. While the president was impo- apologize for almost everything else it tently accusing China of keeping the has done, and depart. If, however, the value of its currency low in 111th Congress order to facilitate wants to make exports, many na- amends, it should George tions were constru- repeal something the 95th did. Will ing America’s quan- titative easing as (c) 2010, Washington Post Writers Group The Humphrey- similarly motivat- Hawkins Full Employment Act of 1978 ed currency manipulation. The primary gave the Federal Reserve a “dual man- purpose of quantitative easing might be date.” Although the central bank is a to force down the yields of government creature of Congress, it is, in trying to bonds in order to induce investors to in- fulfill this mandate, becoming a fourth vest in corporate bonds and stocks. But branch of government. when a predictable result of the policy is to devalue the dollar, it is a pointless THE FED’S large, and sufficient, parsing of words for Treasury Secretary original mission was to maintain price Timothy Geithner, who serves a presi- stability — to preserve the currency as a dent who has vowed to double U.S. ex- suicide.” Obviously some of the central level with dentists.” But that day will store of value. “Mission creep” usually ports in five years, to say that America bank’s governors have been encouraged not dawn as long as the dual mandate results from a metabolic urge of govern- will never weaken its currency “as a tool by Congress to think of themselves as makes it almost mandatory for him to ment agencies. The Fed, however, had to gain competitive advantage.” more than mere bankers — as wizards vow that the Fed “can assist keeping institutional imperialism thrust upon it of social control, even regulating soci- employment close to its maximum level when Congress — forgetting, not for the IN A 2007 speech, Frederic S. Mish- ety’s reservoirs of self-esteem. through adroit policies.” Even defining first or last time, its core functions — kin, then of the Fed’s Board of Gov- The Fed cannot perform such a fun- “maximum employment” is a political directed the Fed “to promote effectively ernors, lauded the dual mandate as damentally political function and forev- as well as technical act. the goals of maximum employment, “consistent with” the Fed’s “ultimate er remain insulated from politics. Only stable prices and moderate long-term purpose of fostering economic prosper- repeal of the dual mandate can rescue RYAN, INCOMING chairman of interest rates.” The last two goals are re- ity and social welfare.” Note how easily the Fed from the ruinous — immedi- the House Budget Committee, says the ally one. In the pursuit of the first, which the mandate to “maximize employment” ately to its reputation; eventually to its Fed thinks it can adroitly “put the cruise requires the Fed to attempt to manage becomes the grandiose, and certainly independence — role as the savior of missile through the goal posts.” But short-term economic growth, the Fed political, function of promoting, and the economy, or of any distressed sector how adroit can Fed management of the has started printing $600 billion — this therefore defining, “social welfare.” (e.g., housing) that clamors for lower in- economy be? No complex economy can is the meaning of what is called, with Mishkin said “the rationale for maxi- terest rates. Ryan has introduced repeal be both managed and efficient, mean- calculated opacity, “quantitative eas- mizing employment is fairly obvious:” legislation before and will do so again ing dynamic. To think otherwise is what ing.” “The alternative situation — high unem- in January. Friedrich Hayek called “the fatal con- Those running the Fed, says Rep. ployment — is associated with human Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has ceit.” That conceit can be fatal to the Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dryly, “are really misery, including lower living standards wistfully imagined a day when econo- Fed’s independence. putting the fiat in fiat money” — money and increases in poverty as well as so- mists might get “themselves thought backed by nothing but trust in the judg- cial pathologies such as loss of self-es- of as humble, competent people on a ment and good faith of the government teem, a higher incidence of divorce, in- creating it. The Fed is doing what the creased rates of violent crime and even ANSWER MAN: December 4, 2010 T h e A n s w er M an ALL ABOUT POLITICS This week, the Answer Man revisits a popular theme: politics. Andy 1. How many U.S. presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize? Seamans 2. This question has two parts: When (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate was the Republican Party first orga- nized? And who was the first Republi- 7. Under the Constitution, the U.S. can president? president is designated as commander 3. What party has the nickname in chief over which specific forces? “GOP?” And what does that acronym 8. When World War I broke out, what stand for? U.S. military branch consisted of a corps 4. In the world of politics, what does of only 50 soldiers? the expression “lame duck” mean? 9. Which current political party offi- 5. What is the minimum number of cially adopted an animal as its symbol? electoral votes a state can have? And Name both the party and the animal. why? 10. True or False: The United States 6. Name the oldest U.S. political is a federal constitutional republic and party. not a democracy. December 1, 2010 15 GOVERNMENT SPENDING: November 22, 2010 Coming to grips with America’s fiscal mess I s there any chance we can come Rivlin and former longtime Senate interest in making even minor modi- TAXES MAY be another matter. to grips with our short-term and Budget Committee Chairman Pete Do- fications in Social Security — a slow Bowles-Simpson threw out a bold long-term fiscal problems — the menici that would similarly stabilize increase in the retirement age, reduced proposal to eliminate tax preferences huge current federal budget deficit and the national debt and would cut the benefits for high earners as the years — including the hitherto sacred deduc- the huge looming increases in entitle- budget deficit to one percent. go on — than they did when George tions for home mortgage interest and ment spending? These recommendations are not W. Bush pushed for Social Security re- state and local taxes — and to cut rates Maybe so. Or at least the chances likely to be adopted in full, but they form in 2005. significantly below where they have seem a little better after the release of do show that it is within the realm of Those changes been since World War II. two sets of proposals in the weeks after possibility to hold would actually make The top rate would be only 23 per- the election. the national debt the program more cent. The corporate income tax would below the 90 Michael progressive, con- be cut from the current almost-highest- ONE CAME from Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles percent level to which it is head- Barone centrating benefits among those most in-the-world 35 percent to 26 percent. The principle here is the same as and former Sen. Alan Simpson, chair- ed — and that has (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate in need. But Dem- that of the bipartisan 1986 tax law, that men of the bipartisan commission been identified ocrats evidently cut numerous preferences and lowered Barack Obama set up in February to by economists Carmen Reinhart and prefer holding onto the Social Security the rates, as well. It was hammered out address the subject. Rather than wait Kenneth Rogoff as the point at which card in the hope it will be trump in fu- in tough and protracted bargaining by for a consensus from their 18-member governments tend to face a financial ture elections. House Democrat Dan Rostenkowski, commission, the two presented their crash. As for Medicare and Medicaid, Republican Sen. Bob Packwood and own array of proposals to stabilize the Unfortunately, the prospects for en- they will be in play as Republicans on Treasury Secretary James Baker. national debt at 60 percent of gross do- titlement reform still seem poor. Capitol Hill and in state capitals try to Leading Republicans’ responses to mestic product and cut the budget defi- Incoming House Minority Leader throw sand in the gears of Obamacare. these proposals was at least somewhat cit to two percent of GDP by 2015. Nancy Pelosi said the Bowles-Simp- Bipartisan agreement on these issues positive — in vivid contrast to Pelosi. Another came from an initiative son plan was “simply unacceptable,” seems far, far away. In at least some conservative circles, from Clinton budget director Alice and other Democrats indicate no more eliminating “tax expenditures” is not seen as a verboten tax increase. FAIR TAX: November 21, 2010 It’s not clear that the lead play- ers will step up to the plate. Incom- ing House Ways and Means Chairman Taxes: Don’t be VAT stupid Dave Camp does not have the expe- rience that Rostenkowski brought to T the 1986 negotiations. Senate Finance here’s one message from the every country that has established a VAT gress another tool to tax us and confuse Chairman Max Baucus may not have 2010 elections that many so- with the promise of reducing their na- us is like giving an alcoholic a key to the as flexible a Republican ranking mem- called policy makers, political tional debt, the VAT has eventually gone liquor store with no supervision, only to ber if, as expected, Charles Grassley elites and analysts did not hear. Namely, up or expanded on top of the existing discover that he locks the door after he leaves that position and it is taken over the American people are not as unin- tax structure. After discovering many of is safely inside. by Orrin Hatch. formed and stupid as they think we are. the tax grenades in the recently passed A national retail sales tax on top of all Hatch, whose seat is up in 2012, President Obama’s Debt Commission health care deform bill, which is already the confusing and unfair taxes we have watched as his Utah colleague Bob and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt driving costs up and access down, it today is insane! It gives the out-of-con- Bennett was denied renomination this Reduction Task Force have both floated would be real easy for an overzealous trol bureaucrats and politicians in denial year by the Republican state conven- its ideas for reducing our nation’s run- bureaucrat to insert the language in the one more tool to lie, deceive, manipu- tion. He may be wary that the same away national debt. As CNNMoney. legislation “national retail and whole- late and destroy this country. thing could happen to him. com reports, both sets of ideas echo each sale” tax. The third reason the national retail Nor is it clear that Barack Obama is other in broad strokes. And both sets of sales tax on top of all the taxes we al- interested. Voters this year were evi- ideas could confuse and confound the ready pay is a bad idea, is that there is dently not pleased with the big govern- leaves off a tree. Herman already proposed legislation that re- ment policies that have raised federal THESE IDEAS are a long way from Cain places all of the federal taxes we pay. It replaces all current revenue. It super- spending from 21 percent to 25 percent of GDP. But many Democratic politi- (c) 2010, North Star National becoming law, but they are generating, charges our national economic growth, cians would like to see government as intended, much discussion about the For the liberal naysayers who say that and puts the power of taxation back into stay at that level indefinitely. Their merits of each idea. would not happen, you lose! Just look the hands of the people who spend their ranks may include the presidential The worst idea is a proposed national at the Social Security system, Medicare money. nominee who told Joe the Plumber sales tax, which is a disguised VAT (val- and Medicaid. Over the years since their It’s called the Fair Tax. It’s as easy to that he wanted to “spread the wealth ue added tax) on top of everything we inception, taxes have gone up, benefits understand as ABC! around.” already pay in federal taxes. have gone down and they are still on a That’s the problem. It’s fair. It is sim- Here are three of the biggest reasons path of insolvency. ple and understandable. But the politi- STILL, BOWLES-SIMPSON and the national retail sales tax is the worst cians and bureaucrats do not want to Rivlin-Domenici have done the public idea on the table. BOTH THE Commission and the give people more control of their own a service by showing how the current First, we have a spending problem in Task Force say very little about how money. That’s why even though the leg- fiscal and long-term entitlement crises Washington, D.C. not a revenue prob- costs would be contained, because that’s islation has been introduced in every can actually be addressed. They have lem. The Commission claims their goal the real big bodacious problem. Even if session of Congress since 1999, it has shown that it is hard — voters can’t get is to reduce the deficits by $4 trillion their plans could achieve their stated not advanced. everything they want — but that’s not over the next decade. The task force goals over the next 10 years, the cur- impossible. says its plan would save $6 trillion by rent administration and Congress have PEOPLE ARE not stupid. Maybe 2020. It’s sort of like dueling promises increased spending nearly $4 trillion in they will hear us in 2012. that would never happen, because when the last two years. And the only hope has a proposed cut in Washington D.C. that it will slow down is the new change ever produced the intended savings over of control in the House of Representa- 10 years? Never! tives. Even worse is reason number two: In Giving the administration and Con- 16 December 1, 2010 Air travel: One step behind terrorists N ot everyone has reacted the ed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the al- same way to the Transpor- Qaeda terrorist who tried to blow up a tation Security Administra- jetliner on Christmas Day with a bomb tion’s aggressively intimate new frisk- sewn into his underwear. That would ing technique. Air traveler John Tyner have been quite an achievement, con- created a minor sensation when he re- sidering that Abdulmutallab was flying corded himself warning a TSA screener into the United States from Europe, and in San Diego: “If you touch my junk, was never screened by TSA. I’m gonna have you arrested.’’ Journal- “There is an ever-evolving nature to ist Emmett Tyrrell, on the other hand, terrorist plots,’’ Pistole told the Senate says he would “welcome a soothing pat- Homeland Security Committee. “It is down ... especially if the patter-downer clear we have to be one step ahead of is a cute little number on the order of, the terrorists.’’ say, Sarah Palin.’’ It takes all types to fill One step ahead? That isn’t how TSA a passenger plane. operates. Knives and sharp objects were banned from carry-on luggage after BUT WHAT are we to make of TSA 9/11, so Richard Reid boarded Ameri- Administrator John Pistole, who told a can Airlines Flight 63 with a bomb built congressional committee last week that into his shoe. Passengers ever since he has no intention of relaxing his agen- have had to take off their shoes, cy’s intrusive new screenings? These so the 2006 Heathrow include both the terrorists came up hands-on body Jeff with a plan to use search (which at least one pilot has Jacoby liquid explosives. TSA responded by Just who has been staying a step ahead privacy it imposes on innocent passen- of whom? gers. In security expert Bruce Schneier’s compared to “sex- (c) 2010, Boston Globe confining liquids cogent term, TSA provides not security, ual molestation’’), to tiny containers PRECISELY BECAUSE terrorist but security theater — “measures that and — for those who would rather be sealed in baggies, so Abdulmutallab plots are “ever-evolving,’’ it is fruitless make people feel more secure without ogled electronically — full-body X-ray smuggled explosive powder in his un- to keep trying to prevent the last terror doing anything to actually improve their scanners that leave nothing to the imagi- derwear. Now TSA scans or feels even attack. Yet that is just what TSA keeps security.’’ nation. air travelers’ nether regions, so terrorists doing. What’s worse, it treats every Anyone who has traveled through “I’m not going to change those poli- based in Yemen hid two bombs inside airline passenger as a potential terror- Israel’s Ben Gurion airport or on El cies,’’ Pistole testified, brushing aside a printer cartridges and shipped them to ist who must be searched for weapons Al, the Israeli airline, has experienced flood of recent passenger complaints as addresses in Chicago. TSA promptly — any imaginable weapons — before what is widely considered the finest the price to be paid for security. Why, responded by announcing that “toner being allowed to board. That is a crazy aviation security system in the world. TSA’s current methods are so effective, and ink cartridges over 16 ounces will system — crazy in its ineffectiveness, in That system doesn’t involve taking off he insisted, that had they been in effect be prohibited on passenger aircraft in its breathtaking cost and in the stagger- shoes, confiscating water bottles, pat- last December they would have thwart- both carry-on bags and checked bags.’’ ing degree of inconvenience and invaded ting down toddlers or conducting nude X-ray scans. Nor does it involve shut- ting down an entire terminal because a passenger inadvertently walked through the wrong door. It does, however, involve careful at- tention to behavior, individual conver- sations with every traveler and a lack of politically-correct inhibitions about pro- filing. Unlike TSA, the Israelis focus not on intercepting dangerous things, but on stopping dangerous people. It is hard to argue with their results. The federalization of airline security after 9/11 was a grave mistake. Instead of creating a vast new bureaucracy, Congress should have made the airlines themselves primarily responsible for guaranteeing their customers’ safety, with clear legal liability if they failed. With their bottom lines riding on it, the airlines would have been far more likely than any government agency to figure out how to get security right. Instead we ended up with groin gropes, naked X-rays and “security’’ procedures that irritate everyone while keeping nobody safe. THE TIME has come to rethink air- travel safety from the ground up. Elimi- nating TSA might make a good start. November 21, 2010 This Week’s Conservative Focus 17 Airline Security Search for terrorists not weapons B ack in January, the Obama despite a warning from his father to au- liquids and gels. In short, we look for Colleen Renee LaRose, aka Jihad administration announced a thorities that Umar had been radicalized weapons not terrorists. Jane, and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez were new policy for airline safety — he sailed through routine screening. Defenders of the system — and this both blond, blue-eyed American con- — country-based profiling. Travelers After 9/11, we were all under the includes Bush-era Homeland Security verts to Islam who were arrested in Oc- from 14 countries known to harbor ter- impression that the newly created TSA officials as well as the current crop — tober 2009 in Ireland and charged with rorists would automatically receive extra would be particularly alert for certain argue that these irritating procedures plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist who scrutiny including additional pat-downs kinds of behavior. Purchasing a one-way and now the body scans and had drawn Mohammad’s head on the or full body scanners. The named states ticket, paying cash, distasteful intimate body of a dog. were Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Leba- having little or no pat-downs are the non, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, luggage, looking Mona only way to keep us IN 1972, members of the Japanese Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. nervous and trav- eling from certain Charen safe. Critics from the Red Army opened fire in Tel Aviv’s air- port, killing 24 people. In 1986, a preg- unstable parts of (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate right believe that nant Irish woman was attempting to fly MY REACTION at the time was: the world were if we would only from Heathrow to Tel Aviv. A check of You mean you weren’t already doing all presumed to be red flags that would drop our political correctness and ag- her luggage revealed that her fiance, a that? Apparently not. When underwear trigger action. Instead, we seem to have gressively profile Muslim-looking men Palestinian, had planted Semtex explo- bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab settled into a kind of bovine, tedious between the ages of 18 and 40, we would sive in her carry-on bag. If not discov- traveled from Nigeria to Detroit with- hunt for weapons. We screen everyone solve the problem. ered, it would have brought down the out baggage (it was reported at the time for guns, knives, scissors, nail clippers, I’d be for profiling of that sort — de- plane. In the early 1980s, a German that he had purchased a one-way ticket tweezers (yes, I lost a good one in No- spite the civil liberties cost — if I thought national recently released from prison but that proved to be incorrect) — and vember 2001) and now shoe bombs, it would work. But I’m not convinced. was befriended by Palestinians. His new friends bought him an airline ticket to Tel Aviv. He thought he was smuggling drugs. But in fact, his bags contained 10 pounds of explosives. Pat me, pat me: We are at war Yes, most aspiring airline suicide bombers are young Muslim men. But I not all of them are from the 14 coun- blame Drudge! Yes, I blame the on my airplane and insist that it leave constitutional, the right to be free from tries listed by the Obama administra- Drudge Report for this insane on time. Donnelly can confer with his unreasonable searches. I am not knowl- tion. Richard Reid was British. Zacar- controversy about the use of high- lawyers. edgeable enough in science to address ias Moussaoui was French. One of the tech body scanners and “pat-downs” at Another like-minded soi-disant civil the first matter. Suffice to say, given terrorists who hijacked an Air France airport security zones. libertarian, John Tyner, missed his flight the choice of a terrorist overhead with jet in the 1970s on behalf of the Pales- completely owing to his protest. He a bomb or loose on my airplane and a tinians was a German woman. The sui- A MINOR altercation can take place greeted the Transportation Security Ad- spot of radiation, I would choose the ra- cide bombers who struck the Moscow at Chinggis Khaan International Air- ministration staff, camera in hand, in San diation. On the constitutional matter, I subway in March were women. And port in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, and it is Diego. He had opted for the pat-down am more comfortable. women suicide bombers have struck at headlines on the Drudge Report. The in place of the scanner, but he warned, Terror poses an enormous threat to checkpoints in the West Bank. millions of American travelers who are “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you ar- the free society. The terrorists can attack Israeli security succeeds by question- utterly insouciant to a high-tech scan or rested.” Yes, he referred to his genitalia us anyplace, which is why I rather like ing every passenger. What is the purpose even a pat-down are ignored. The other as “junk.” Well, speak for yourself, Mr. the idea of citizens free to carry arms. of your trip? Who packed your bags? day, a CBS News poll found that 81 per- Tyner. Now he is threatened by the TSA The scanners and the pat-downs are a Where will you be staying? The security cent of Americans approve of the use with an $11,000 fine. That is a bit stiff. dreadful threat to freedom and personal agents are all former army (well, nearly of the high-tech machines at airports, He missed his plane. That is enough, but dignity, except for what they are meant everyone in Israel is), have college de- but that means nothing to Drudge. How Tyner might keep things in perspective. to combat, terrorists — thugs who grees and are fired immediately if they many more Americans would welcome America is at war. would attack the unarmed and innocent. make a mistake. They learn psychologi- a soothing pat-down midst the hurly- Scanners and pat-downs can be execut- cal profiles of terrorists as well as how to burly of travel at our nation’s stress- ed with care or with stupid disregard for detect things — like the Irish lady trav- filled airports I do not know, but count R. Emmett our dignity. In the event that we are vio- eling to meet her fiance’s family without me in — especially if the patter-downer lated, we can protest. We will not have a him — that don’t smell right. is a cute little number on the order of, Tyrrell chance to protest the terrorists. say, Sarah Palin. (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate WHILE IT’S true that Israel has Now some of Drudge’s troublemakers IN AN AGE of Facebook and social about 1/60th of the air traffic that we do, are organizing a boycott of the scanners WE ARE AT war with savages who networking, it is a little difficult to take and it may not be feasible to undertake for the day before Thanksgiving. That sneak explosives onto airplanes and turn all the protests over airport security seri- exactly that kind of examination in our happens to be one of the busiest travel them into bombs. Such brutes have no ously. How many of Donnelly’s legions country, we could at least attempt to ap- days of the year. One George Donnelly, sense of discrimination between a war have a web presence? And of course, no ply the principle — looking for terror- a self-appointed civil libertarian, says, zone and a civilian zone. Actually, if one is forcing us to use airplanes when ists more than weapons. How much lon- “We are absolutely committed to get- they could mark off a war zone, wher- we travel. Doubtless, in time we shall ger would it take to ask each passenger ting the scanners and the groping rolled ever would it be? They are total nihilists have a technological fix for airport secu- a few questions than it does to put them back.” Rolled back? What is he talking and want to kill us all — and themselves. rity. It seems we always have in the past. through the full body scanner or to sub- about, something on a production line? They cannot possibly win, but surely we Until then, we shall have to live like the ject them to a pat-down? Some travel- “Groping” is apparently what Donnelly can lose, and one of the things we will Israelis. Be vigilant and thwart terror. ers will be questioned more extensively, calls a “pat-down.” Get your mind out lose first is our freedom. They do it all the time, and an Israeli but on balance, it probably wouldn’t add of the gutter, George. Donnelly seems to The scanners are opposed on two neurotic about personal liberty is just as any time to the average trip and might think that if his followers opt for time- grounds, health and privacy. It is claimed neurotic as any American. even speed it. And the invasion of pri- consuming pat-downs rather than quick by some that the radiation emitted by the vacy would be much less offensive. scans on this busy day, they will foul up scanners is dangerous. The government November 18, 2010 airports for hours. Well, if I were trav- denies it, saying more radiation awaits November 23, 2010 eling on the day before Thanksgiving, passengers on their flights than comes I would breeze through the scanner, get from scanners. The other ground is 18 Conservative Chronicle AIRLINE SECURITY: November 21, 2010 Bill Buckley and life in the T.S. of A. F ifty years ago William F. Buck- TSA: “Upon buying your ticket you to flourish, and if we are going to get it would begin (but by no means end) ley wrote a memorable com- gave up a lot of rights.” to grandma’s house on Thursday to give with forbidding left turns. plaint about the fact that Ameri- Oh? John Locke, call your office. thanks for the Pilgrims and for freedom. Bureaucracies try to maximize their cans do not complain enough. His point, If grandma is coming to our house, missions. They can’t help themselves. like most of the points he made during THE THEORY — perhaps by now she may be wanded while barefoot at Adult supervision is required to stand his well-lived life, is, unfortunately, it seems like a quaint anachronism — the airport because democracy — or athwart this tendency, yelling “Stop!” more pertinent than ever. Were he still on which the nation was founded is, or the equal protection clause of the 14th Again, Buckley: “Every year, wheth- with us he would favor awarding the was: Government is instituted to protect Amendment; anyway, something — er the Republican or the Democratic Presidential Medal of Freedom, which pre-existing natural rights essential to r e q u i r e s the amiable nonsense Party is in office, more and more power he received in 1991, to John Tyner, the pursuit of hap- of pretending that no drains away from the individual to feed who, when attempting to board a plane piness. Today, one has the foggiest vast reservoirs in far-off places; and we in San Diego, was provoked by some that pursuit of- George idea what an actual have less and less say about the shape of Transportation Security Administration personnel. ten requires fly- ing, which some- Will potential terrorist might look like. events which shape our future.” times involves the (c) 2010, Washington Post Writers Group But enough, THE AVERAGE American has reg- WHEN BUCKLEY was asked how wanding of three- already. Enough ular contact with the federal government he came up with topics for three col- year-olds and their equally suspect ted- trivializing important values — e.g., air at three points — the IRS, the post office umns a week, he jauntily replied that the dy bears. safety — by monomaniacal attempts to and the TSA. Start with that fact if you world annoyed him that frequently. The What the TSA is doing is mostly maximize them. Disproportion is the are formulating a unified field theory fecundity of the world as an irritant was security theater, a pageant to reassure common denominator of almost all of to explain the public’s current political on display one winter evening in 1960 passengers that flying is safe. Reassur- life’s absurdities. Automobile safety is mood. when Buckley found himself in an in- ance is necessary if commerce is going important. But attempting to maximize sufferably hot car on a New Haven Rail- road commuter train from Grand Central Station to his Stamford, Conn., home. AIRLINE SECURITY: November 19, 2010 Everyone was acutely uncomfortable; no one was complaining. “In a more virile age, I thought, the Don’t touch my junk A passengers would have seized the con- ductor and strapped him down on a seat h, the airport, where modern age of the musket. What the modern bat- ened seniors strain to untie their shoes; over the radiator to share the fate of folk heroes are made. The air- tle cry lacks in archaic charm, it makes beltless salesmen struggle comically his patrons.” But he had “nonchalantly port, where that inspired flight up for in full-body syllabic punch. to hold up their pants; three-year-olds walked down the gauntlet of eighty attendant did what everyone who’s ever Don’t touch my junk is the anthem of scream while being searched insanely sweating American freemen, and not been in the spam-in-a-can crush of a the modern man, the Tea Party patriot, for explosives — when everyone, ev- one of them had asked him to explain flying aluminum tube — where we col- the late-life libertarian, the midterm eryone, knows that none of these people why the passengers in that car had been lectively pretend that a clutch of peanuts election voter. Don’t touch my junk, is a threat to anyone. consigned to suffer.” is a meal and a seat cushion is a “flota- Obamacare — get out of my doctor’s ex- We pretend that we go through this Buckley, who was gifted at discern- tion device” — has always dreamed of amining room, I’m wearing a paper-thin nonsense as a small price paid to as- ing the metaphysical significance of the doing: pull the lever, blow the door, ex- gown slit down the back. Don’t touch sure the safety of air travel. Rubbish. quotidian, thought he saw civilization plode the chute, grab a beer, slide to the my junk, Google — Street View is cool, This has nothing to do with safety — 95 tottering on its pedestal. He was not tarmac and walk through the gates to the but get off my street. Don’t touch my percent of these inspections, searches, mistaken: sanity that lies beyond. Not since Rick junk, you airport security goon — my shoe removals and pat-downs are ri- “It isn’t just the commuters, whom and Louis disappeared into the Casa- package belongs to no one but me, and diculously unnecessary. The only rea- we have come to visualize as a supine blanca fog headed for the Free French do you really think I’m a Nigerian nut son we continue to do this is that people breed who have got onto the trick of garrison in Brazzaville has a stroll on job preparing for my 72-virgin orgy by are too cowed to even question the ab- suspending their sensory faculties twice the tarmac thrilled so many. blowing my johnson to king- dom surd taboo against profiling — when the a day while they submit to the creeping come? profile of the airline attacker is narrow, dissolution of the railroad industry. It WHO CARES that the crazed stew- concrete, uniquely definable and univer- isn’t just they who have given up trying ard got arrested, pleaded guilty to sun- sally known. So instead of seeking out to rectify irrational vexations. It is the dry charges and probably was rude and Charles terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in American people everywhere.” Happily, not quite everywhere today. unpleasant to begin with? Bonnie and Krauthammer stroller pouches. Clyde were psychopaths, yet what child (c) 2010, Washington Post Writers Group The junk man’s revolt marks the point Not anywhere where Tyners are. of the ‘60s did not fall in love with Faye at which a docile public declares that it When TSA personnel began look- Dunaway and Warren Beatty? In Up in the Air, that ironic take on will tolerate only so much idiocy. Metal ing for weapons of mass destruction in And now three months later, the new- the cramped freneticism of airport life, detector? Back-of-the-hand pat? OK. Tyner’s underpants, he objected to hav- est airport hero arrives. His genius was George Clooney explains why he always We will swallow hard and pretend air- ing his groin patted. A TSA functionary, not innovation in getting out, but decon- follows Asians in the security line: line attackers are randomly distributed determined to do his duty pitilessly — structing the entire process of getting “They pack light, travel efficiently, in the population. his duty is to administer the latest (but in. John Tyner, cleverly armed with an and they got a thing for slip-on shoes, But now you insist on a full-body surely not the last) wrinkle in the gov- iPhone to give YouTube immortality God love ‘em.” scan, a fairly accurate representation of ernment’s ever-intensifying protection to the encounter, took exception to the “That’s racist!” my naked image to be viewed by a total of us — said: “If you’re not comfortable TSA guard about to give him the benefit “I’m like my mother. I stereotype. stranger? Or alternatively, the full-body with that, we can escort you back out of Homeland Security’s newest brain- It’s faster.” pat-down, which, as the junk man cor- and you don’t have to fly today.” storm — the upgraded, full-palm, up the rectly noted, would be sexual assault if Tyner: “I don’t understand how a groin, all-body pat-down. In a stroke, THAT RIFF is a crowd-pleaser be- performed by anyone else? sexual assault can be made a condition the young man ascended to myth, or at cause everyone knows that the entire of my flying.” least the next edition of Bartlett’s, warn- apparatus of the security line is a na- THIS TIME you have gone too far, TSA: “This is not considered a sexual ing the agent not to “touch my junk.” tional homage to political correctness. Big Bro’. The sleeping giant awakes. assault.” Not quite the 18th-century elegance Nowhere do more people meekly acqui- Take my shoes, remove my belt, waste Tyner: “It would be if you weren’t of “Don’t Tread on Me,” but the age of esce to more useless inconvenience and my time and try my patience. But don’t the government. ...” Twitter has a different cadence from the needless indignity for less purpose. Wiz- touch my junk. December 1, 2010 19 DEAR MARK: November 20, 2010 Tax cuts, body scanners, Pres. Palin CONTACT INFORMATION Individual Contact Information Blankley - TonyBlankley@gmail.com Greenberg - email@example.com DEAR MARK: We cannot afford ers is not their ultimate goal. KILLING airline security. IRS agents already con- Jacoby - firstname.lastname@example.org to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts millions of airline travelers is the ulti- duct body cavity searches when audit- Krauthammer - email@example.com for the upper tax bracket, as it will cost mate goal of the radical Islamists. ing individuals looking for every dime Lowry - firstname.lastname@example.org $700 billion over the next 10 years. You Homeland Security Secretary Janet they think is owed to the government. Malkin - email@example.com Saunders - firstname.lastname@example.org conservatives ran on deficit reduction Napolitano cannot be having a good Schlafly - email@example.com — why would you support a plan that week when the most famous quotation DEAR MARK: Thomas - firstname.lastname@example.org makes it worse? — Cost-Cutter in Can- about her new airline safety policy is, Sarah Palin was on with Barbara Wal- Will - email@example.com ton “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you ar- ters and said that if she ran for president, Contact through North Star Dear Cutter: rested.” The “cop a feel” body pat downs she could defeat Barack Obama. What Herman Cain, Dan Calabrese, David First of all, extending the current tax and the naked body scanners seem like a joke. That ditz from Alaska couldn’t Karki, Gregory D. Lee rates for all income brackets would in- the ultimate knee jerk reaction from Na- beat her way out of a wet paper sack. ject some badly need certainty into the politano. The administration once again You’re probably biased, but do you Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org marketplace. A tax cut would be even seems more worried about political cor- think she could beat President Obama? Contact through Creators Syndicate better. Secondly, I believe that it is mor- rectness than actually trying to — Palin’s a Pain in Pennsylvania Michael Barone, Austin Bay, Brent Bo- ally wrong for one group of people to capture genuine terrorists. Dear Pain: zell, Pat Buchanan, Stephen Chapman, determine how much money another What do you expect her to say on na- Mona Charen, Linda Chavez, Larry Elder, David Harsanyi, Terence Jeffrey, group of people should be allowed to Mark tional television? If a person decides to run for office, especially the presidency, Larry Kudlow, David Limbaugh, Dick earn. Finally, these are not the Bush tax cuts any longer. These are the current Levy they’d better believe they can win be- Morris, William Murchison, Chuck Norris, Oliver North, Dennis Prager, Andy Seamans, Ben Shapiro, Thomas tax rates, and Congress will decide to (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate fore investing all of their time, energy Sowell either raise taxes or not. and money. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in fa- I personally like Sarah Palin and be- Contact - email@example.com DEAR MARK: vor of safer air travel. My frustration lieve she has a good chance should she I was humiliated on my flight from stems from the administration’s refusal decide to run. Palin’s views have been Answers from page 14 Dallas to Chicago. On the outbound to profile those who are actually trying painted as radical, but two years is more flight, I went through the full body scan- to take down our planes. Every terrorist than enough time to explain to the voters THE ANSWER MAN ner. On the return flight, I was subjected we have captured fits the same profile: that her brand of conservatism is more ANdy SEAMANS to a full body pat down. I appreciate the young male of Middle Eastern descent. mainstream than extreme. Unless Presi- ANSWERS TSA trying to keep us safe, but this is The TSA will rub all over Granny, but it dent Obama quickly changes course and 1. Four. Theodore Roosevelt ridiculous. Have the terrorists won? — refuses to ask the 25-year-old from Ye- sprints to the political center, he will be (1905), Woodrow Wilson (1919), Jim- No Diva in Dallas men why he has a one-way ticket to the even more vulnerable come 2012, which my Carter, Jr. (2002), Barack Obama Dear No Diva: United States. will make it easier for whoever wins the (2009). The terrorists haven’t won because Maybe the TSA should enlist the Republican nomination. 2. The Republican Party was embarrassing millions of airline travel- Internal Revenue Service to help with founded in 1854, and Abraham Lin- coln was the party’s first president. 3. GOP is a common term used for the Grand Old Party or Republican Party. Originally known as the “Gal- lant Old Party,” the GOP began in the mid-1850s. 4. In current practice, a lame duck session is any Congress meeting after Election Day but before the following Jan. 3. 5. Three electoral votes. The elec- toral votes are based on representation in Congress, which means two sena- tors and at least one House member. 6. The Democratic Party is the old- est U.S. political party. 7. Article II, Section 2 of the Consti- tution: “The President is Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, and of the Militia of states when called into actual service of the United States.” 8. The U.S. Air Force consisted of only 50 soldiers at the beginning of World War I. 9. 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Contact us at 800-888-3039 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 20 Conservative Chronicle AIRLINE SECURITY: November 24, 2010 Working out the terrorist watch lists B efore it started inflicting full- known or reasonably suspected to be or body pat downs on passengers have been engaged in conduct constitut- who declined to pass through ing, in preparation for, in aid of, or re- full body scanners at some domestic lated to terrorism.” airports, the Transportation Security The TSDB sits in the middle of an in- Administration decided to allow some v e r t e d pyramid of govern- terrorists to board ment lists of known airplanes un- and suspected ter- screened because, Terry rorists. At the broad among other things, it did not Jeffrey top of this inverted pyramid is the Terrorist Identi- General of the Department of Home- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate want to inconve- would have a negative impact on over- nience travelers. ties Datamart En- land Security in July 2009 said that “the all security.” It also did not want to tip off some vironment (TIDE), maintained by the No Fly and Selectee lists are intended Besides, screening every “known or terrorists who were not deemed a threat National Counterterrorism Center, un- to prevent specific categories of terror- suspected” terrorist on the full watch list to the airplane and who were under sur- der the director of national intelligence. ists from boarding commercial aircraft would inconvenience travelers, the TSA veillance. TIDE includes the identities and derog- or subject these terrorists to secondary believed. “This practice would overbur- atory information about every foreign screening prior to boarding, and are not den the Secure Flight system and incon- WHEN CONGRESS funded the national reasonably suspected of being for use as law enforcement or intelli- venience a great number of travelers Homeland Security Department for fis- a terrorist, plus identities of their family gence-gathering tools.” who are not the individuals identified in cal 2009, it required TSA to certify to members. the TSDB,” said Hawley. the House and Senate appropriations The TSDB is one step down from FOLLOWING UP in the 2009 DHS Then, last Christmas, Umar Farouk committees whether it was going to use TIDE. It is maintained by the Terrorist appropriation, TSA decided only to use Abdulmutallab boarded a Detroit-bound the government’s full non-classified ter- Screening Center, a division of the FBI. the Selectee and No Fly lists — not flight from Europe, wearing explosive rorist watch list — the Terrorist Screen- The TSDB includes the names of people the full TSDB — to screen passengers underpants. He was on the TIDE list, ing Database (TSDB) — to screen pas- from TIDE who are “known or reason- boarding planes. On Dec. 9, 2008, then- but not the TSDB — and thus not the sengers boarding airplanes. ably suspected of being terrorists” who TSA Administrator Kip Hawley sent the Selectee or No Fly lists. The law said that if the TSA deter- can be positively identified at places mandated certification to the appropria- President Obama ordered national mined it “does not need to check airline such as airport counters. It also includes tions committees. security agencies to re-examine the passenger names against the full terror- the names of a few U.S. citizens, nomi- “No Fly and Selectee nominations to watch-listing standards. This summer, ist watch list, then the Assistant Secre- nated by the FBI. the TSDB are specifically made by the they made changes to the system. One of tary shall certify to the Committees on The Selectee and No Fly lists are intelligence community to support avia- these, according to a counterintelligence Appropriations of the Senate and the subsets of the TSDB. The Selectee list tion and national security,” Hawley told official, is that they will now watch-list House of Representatives that no signif- includes “known or suspected” terror- the committee. “Another factor is that a person when they get terrorism-related icant security risks are raised by screen- ists TSC believes should be set apart by the TSDB includes records of persons derogatory information about that per- ing airline passenger names only against the TSA for enhanced security screen- who have been determined to not pose son from only a single source if they a subset of the full terrorist watch list.” ing when boarding airplanes, and the No a threat to aviation or national security judge that the source is credible. What is the full terrorist watch list, Fly list includes “known or suspected” and are actively being monitored by In Abdulmutallab’s case, the single and where does it come from? As set terrorists TSC believes should not be al- law enforcement; overt scrutiny prior source who provided the lamentably ig- out by a presidential directive issued in lowed to board a plane, period. to boarding an aircraft could jeopardize nored derogatory information happened 2003, the TSDB includes “individuals A report published by the Inspector the related terrorism investigation and to be his father. Testifying before the House Judicia- ry Committee in March, TSC Director Timothy Healy also said that the govern- ment had reviewed the visa status of all known or suspected terrorists and dis- covered that there “were approximately 1,100 individuals that had received vi- sas that were in the Terrorist Screening Center database.” “I believe most of those have been revoked. They are under review right now,” Healy told the committee. Still, as Americans pass through full- body scanners and pat downs this Christ- mas season, the inverted pyramid is still in place. Not all “known or suspected” terrorist are on the Selectee or No Fly lists, although those lists have grown. EARLIER THIS year, there were about 400,000 names on the full TSDB, 14,000 on the Selectee list and 4,000 on the No Fly list. Today, according to a counterterrorism official, there are about 420,000 on the full TSDB, about 18,000 on the Selectee list and less than 10,000 on the No Fly. Less than five percent of the people on the No Fly list are Ameri- cans. December 1, 2010 21 REPUBLICANS: November 21, 2010 Will GOP get serious on spending? B arely a week has passed since What is important is not so much task akin to plowing the sea. to cooperate in balancing the budget. the thumping Republican vic- what is said but what is omitted. The Republicans have had multiple op- But even though the end of the Cold tory in congressional elec- four biggest items in the federal budget portunities to put their words into deeds, War allowed cuts in defense appropria- tions, and Senate Republican Leader are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and each time they’ve declined. The first tions, total federal spending grew faster Mitch McConnell is enjoying the chance and defense. And those programs escape was with President Ronald Reagan, un- than inflation. to reveal how the GOP will use its new any mention from McConnell. der whom the federal budget grew by 22 Then there was President George W. power. They make up about 60 percent of the percent, adjusted for inflation. Bush, who in his new memoir, Decision federal budget. Though he often Points, claims to have been a staunch SPEAKING TO a crowd at the annu- Domestic discre- preached the virtue budget disciplinarian — which is like al convention of the Federalist Society, tionary outlays, by Stephen of a balanced bud- Kim Kardashian claiming to be public- an influential organization of conserva- tive and libertarian lawyers, McConnell contrast, account for only about 16 Chapman get, he never actu- ally proposed one. ity-shy. “My administration’s ratios of spend- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate is among friends. They are happy to hear percent. If Repub- The GOP got to-GDP, taxes-to-GDP, deficit-to-GDP, him declare, “Americans want less gov- licans focus entirely on those, they will another chance in 1994, when it gained and debt to GDP are all lower than the ernment, less spending and less debt.” be sending a clear and quite believable control of Congress. After vowing to get averages of the past three decades — Then the senator tells them what his message: We’re not serious. rid of the departments of education and and, in most cases, below the averages party is going to do to bring the run- It is tempting to think the tea par- energy, Republicans left them alone. of my recent predecessors,” he asserts. away federal budget under control. “We tiers will force the party to finally live They failed to abolish a single important will vote to freeze and cut discretionary up to their promises of frugality. But the program. THIS BRINGS to mind the old jibe spending,” he vows. evidence suggests they are engaged in a They did force President Bill Clinton about his father: He was born on third base and thought he hit a triple. When Bush the Younger arrived, federal spend- GOVERNMENT CONTROL: November 23, 2010 ing was at the lowest level, as a share of GDP, since 1966, and the budget had a You call this airport ‘security?’ surplus. From 2001 through 2008, though, N spending grew 13 percent as a share of o country has better airport ways. covered by either the Geneva Conven- GDP, and a $128 billion surplus turned security than Israel— and no What other administration has had tion or the Constitution of the United into a $459 billion deficit. That doesn’t country needs it more, since an Attorney General call the American States are nevertheless put on trial in even count the huge jump in total out- Israel is the most hated target of Islamic People “cowards?” And refuse to call American civilian courts by the Obama lays and the deficit in fiscal year 2009 extremist terrorists. Yet, somehow, Is- terrorists Islamic? What other adminis- Justice Department, that too tells you all — most of which was the product of his raeli airport security people don’t have tration has had a Secretary of Homeland you need to know about how concerned decisions, not Obama’s. to strip passengers naked electronically Security warn law enforce- they are about national security. Bush is like a billionaire who goes or have strangers feeling their private The rules of criminal justice in Amer- broke over 10 years and then says, parts. ican courts were not designed for trying “Based on my average wealth over the Thomas terrorists. For one thing, revealing the past decade, I’m rich.” DOES ANYONE seriously believe that we have better airport security than Sowell evidence against them can reveal how our intelligence services got wind of Now, Republicans admit they fell short in the past and insist that they have Israel? Is our security record better than (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate them in the first place, and thereby en- learned their lesson. But why should theirs? danger the lives of people who helped you believe them? McConnell’s vow to “Security” may be the excuse being ment officials across the country of se- us nab them. cut discretionary spending indicates that offered for the outrageous things being curity threats from people who are anti- Not a lot of people in other countries, they are captives of magical thinking, done to American air travelers, but the abortion, for federalism or are returning or perhaps even in this country, are going not practical reality. heavy-handed arrogance and contempt military veterans? to help us stop terrorists if their role is They claim they can save $100 bil- for ordinary people that is the hallmark If anything good comes out of the revealed and their families are exposed lion a year on those programs. But af- of this administration in other areas is airport “security” outrages, it may be in to revenge by the terrorists’ bloodthirsty ter 2012, reports the Washington-based all too painfully apparent in these new opening the eyes of more people to the comrades. Concord Coalition, the total cost of So- and invasive airport procedures. utter contempt that this administration What do the Israeli airport security cial Security, Medicare and Medicaid Can you remember a time when has for the American people. people do that American airport secu- will swell by more than $100 billion an- a Cabinet member in a free America Those who made excuses for all of rity do not do? They profile. They ques- nually. boasted of having his “foot on the neck” candidate Barack Obama’s long years tion some individuals for more than Not only that, but interest costs on the of some business or when the President of alliances with people who expressed half an hour, open up all their luggage government debt will also grow by $100 of the United States threatened on tele- their contempt for this country, and and spread the contents on the counter billion a year. So even if the GOP makes vision to put his foot on another part of when as president he appointed people — and they let others go through with those discretionary spending cuts, over- some citizens’ anatomy? with a record of antipathy to American scarcely a word. And it works. all expenditures will be higher than the Yet this and more has happened in interests and values, may finally get it Meanwhile, this administration is so unacceptable levels of 2010. the current administration, which is not when they feel some stranger’s hand in hung up on political correctness that Nor is there much reason to think Re- yet two years old. One Cabinet member their crotch. they have turned “profiling” into a bug- publicans will take on federal support warned that there would be “zero toler- aboo. They would rather have electronic for retirees. In fact, many Republicans ance” for “misinformation” when an in- AS FOR THE excuse of “security,” scanners look under the clothes of nuns campaigned by roasting Democrats for surance company said the obvious, that this is one of the least security-minded than to detain a Jihadist imam for some allegedly cutting Medicare — though the mandates of Obamacare would raise administrations we have had. When hun- questioning. the Democrats had voted only to cut its costs and therefore raise premiums. dreds of illegal immigrants from terror- growth rate. Zero tolerance for exercising the First ist-sponsoring countries were captured WILL AMERICA be undermined Amendment right of free speech? crossing the border from Mexico — and from within by an administration ob- IT’S NOT A good omen. The tea More than two centuries ago, Ed- then released on their own recognizance sessed with political correctness and partiers are waiting for congressional mund Burke warned about the dangers within the United States, that tells you intoxicated with the adolescent thrill of Republicans to do everything they can of new people with new power. This all you need to know about this admin- exercising its new-found powers? Stay to reduce the size and cost of govern- administration, only halfway through istration’s concern for security. tuned. ment. But they may find it’s like waiting its term, has demonstrated that in many When captured terrorists who are not for Santa Claus. 22 Conservative Chronicle MAINSTREAM MEDIA: November 19, 2010 What are the mainstream media thinking? A decade ago, I was hunting than we do about one of our bravest two years, Moscow waged a sub rosa accused of aiding and abetting murder not far from here with my and brightest countrymen. Those who fight to prevent the Thai government and mayhem on a global scale doesn’t now-departed friend Joe want to know more about what Giunta from turning Bout over to U.S. justice. come as a surprise. What passes for Foss, the World War II Marine fighter did to become the only living recipient How he was apprehended in a Drug “reporting the news” these days would ace and Medal of Honor recipient. I of the Medal of Honor in this nine-year Enforcement Administration sting op- shame any real newsman. Perhaps made an impatient long-range shot at war should visit http://www.Freedo- eration, was taken into custody and ar- that’s the principal reason newspapers a fast-moving deer — and missed the mAlliance.org. rived here Tuesday night to face U.S. lose circulation every day and view- target. Joe shook his head, looked at The masters of the mainstream me- justice is more exciting than a ers have largely turned off the evening me and said, “What were you think- dia also chose the British monarchy John le Carre novel. But it news on the “big three” networks. ing?” over another all- lost out to the sappy American story: Oliver story of how Wil- THE INABILITY or unwilling- JOE’S CHALLENGE came to the successful liam toted around ness of the mainstream media to cover mind repeatedly this week during in- extradition from Bangkok of no- North Princess Diana’s ring before pop- and report that which really matters to terviews about my new book, Ameri- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate Americans begs the question: “What can Heroes in Special Operations. Al- torious Russian ping the question are they thinking?” Maybe they aren’t. most invariably, young reporters asked Viktor Bout, an accused gunrunner. to his soon-to-be. a question or two about the best-selling The former Soviet air force officer This week’s shallow coverage of a book and then shifted to queries about is accused of running a high-tech il- living Medal of Honor recipient and events during the Reagan administra- licit arms delivery service for despots the intriguing story of how brave DEA tion. Finally, they got around to what and terrorists around the world. For agents captured a major crime figure was really on their minds, the hot story of the day: “Do you have any com- AMERICAN INGENUITY: November 24, 2010 ment on Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton?” Now, I have to admit that I suffer from what my kids call “cultural-defi- Giving thanks for American ingenuity O cit disorder,” or CDD. The first time I was asked about the royal nuptials, my ne of my favorite televi- uitous kitchen appliance, was an insa- er he needed to climb the roof to adjust feeble response was: “Who?” sion programs is How It’s tiable tinkerer from his teens until his his television antenna for better recep- When the reporter explained that Made”on the Science Chan- death in 1998 at the age of 85. He was tion, Murray crafted a television an- Princess Diana’s eldest son, William, nel. The documentary series shows driven not by a social justice agenda tenna rotator by attaching two strings had just announced his betrothal to a “how the everyday objects people use or by the need to “grow the economy” to the antenna and pulling them from “commoner,” my response was even become the things they are.” From to boost government employment fig- his window. The invention evolved worse: “Who cares?” ketchup and flip-flops, to nail clippers ures, but by a constant desire to solve into the TV antenna rotator, which It didn’t take long to learn that was and snare drums, to NASCAR engines, problems, cut costs, satisfy his own Murray’s obituary reports “generated the wrong answer. Apparently, every- hydraulic cylinders and motor homes, intellectual curiosities and pursue the nearly $40 million in sales over sev- one in the media cares about it. By the show takes viewers on wondrous profit motive. eral decades.” the time we re-boarded the book tour autobiographical journeys of the mun- — Murray also invented the audible bus, the royal engagement was the lead dane products we too often take for pressure cooker, the power automo- story on every network and newswire. granted. Michelle tive seat, a high-speed dental drill and It dominated the blogosphere. And the next day, it was in every newspaper — THOUGH IT originated in Canada Malkin the peristaltic pump, which moves fluids through the body without dam- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate local and nationwide. Photos of the at- and has become a global phenomenon, aging cells using contractions and ex- tractive couple were everywhere. It all How It’s Made is largely a tribute to pansions. The lifesaving pump paved brought to mind the question Joe Foss individual American ingenuity and MURRAY FUNDED his creative the way for historic breakthroughs in put to me: “What were you thinking?” American entrepreneurs. The show’s pursuits out of his own pocket, not open-heart surgery and kidney dialysis “If it bleeds, it leads” is a canon of myriad episodes spotlighting U.S. in- with taxpayer dollars. And one mon- — and its technology has been applied today’s mass media, so bad news usu- ventions also serve as potent antidotes eymaking idea was never “enough.” by the food processing, pharmaceuti- ally trumps good news for editors and to the government-centric vision that According to his obituary in the New cal manufacturing and chemical pro- producers. But this week proves there reigns in the White House these days. York Times, the prolific inventor “saw cessing industries. is an even more powerful maxim: Last summer, President Obama no sense in inventing something that — And to assist harried housewives “Trivial celebrity news beats all.” The opined that the proper role of private could not be sold.” At the time of his in the post-World War II era, Murray carefully choreographed royal pro- entrepreneurs is to fulfill “the core re- death, Murray held an astounding 75 combined the use of an interior com- nouncement pushed at least two other sponsibilities of the financial system to foreign and domestic patents: bustion motor with dual blades to cre- events — far more important to Amer- help grow our economy” — and that — At 15, Murray manufactured a ate the electric carving knife. It was icans — well into the background of “at a certain point you’ve made enough windmill that powered a radio genera- patented in 1964, and the same tech- U.S. print and broadcast media. money.” Last month, Vice President tor and sold it to farmers in rural areas nology used to slice up your turkey Joe Biden boasted that “every single where regular electricity was unavail- was adopted to create medical and fo- THE ENGLISH engagement great idea that has marked the 21st able. rensic tools now used in surgeries and eclipsed coverage of the Medal of century, the 20th century and the 19th — In 1951, after observing passen- autopsies. Honor presentation for U.S. Army Staff century has required government vi- gers descending airplane stairs in the Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. He’s but the sion and government incentive.” rain at Miami International Airport, he MURRAY’S SELF-INTEREST- eighth recipient of our nation’s highest Such command-and-control narcis- came up with the idea for covered air- ED capitalist pursuits yielded untold award for valor “above and beyond the sism is completely alien to the unique plane boarding ramps to protect travel- benefits and conveniences for the rest call of duty” in the war against radical American culture and marketplace that ers from inclement weather and to en- of the world. In the tale of the mun- Islam. The Iowa soldier’s combination have bred so many successful inven- able those in wheelchairs to cross into dane electric carving knife lies a pro- of courage, humility and self-sacrifice tors. Consider the electric carving knife their terminals without having to be found lesson: Liberty, not “govern- make a compelling narrative. Yet, that so many of you will use without a fork-lifted off their planes. The walk- ment vision,” yields innovation. For thanks to our media’s infatuation with second thought this Thanksgiving holi- ways are now used in airports around this priceless insight bequeathed to us the rich and famous, we now know day season. Jerome L. Murray, the New the world. by our Founding Fathers, Americans more about a British prince’s fiancee York City man who invented the ubiq- — To save time and energy whenev- should give eternal thanks. December 1, 2010 23 MAINSTREAM MEDIA: November 24, 2010 Bush’s ‘gulag’ now acceptable O ur liberal scribes and pundits setback for the Obama administration.” savaged the Bush adminis- But by the next morning, CBS anchor tration as being a privacy- Erica Hill was back to the generic: “The shredding, terrorist-suspect-abusing tyr- verdict is in for the first Guantanamo anny on the march. Now that President detainee to be tried in a civilian court, Obama is in charge, they lamely suggest and it is being seen by some as a serious that “the government” has failed, but setback for the government.” with no president’s name attached in the NBC acted like this was barely news. blame game. Nightly News anchor Brian Williams glossed over it for about 100 words: FOR YEARS, the media insisted that “There’s a split verdict tonight in the the terrorist holding pen at Guantanamo case of the first Guantanamo Bay de- was a horrific stain on our global repu- tainee to be tried in a civilian court, and tation. It was a “cancer” (CBS’s Bob it’s being seen tonight as a message to Schieffer) and the networks uncritical- the Justice Department that these Gitmo ly aired Amnesty International quacks terrorism cases are going to be denouncing it as hard to prove.” “the gulag of our A terrorist walks time.” Any de- Brent on 284 out of 285 nunciation had the words “Bush” and Bozell charges and Brian Williams calls that “Cheney” inexo- a “split verdict.” (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate rably attached. The next morn- strangely boasting that Ghailani had “The TSA responds to growing outrage But now the outrage has died, and ing, Today also disposed of the story in been “incapacitated” with Rep. Peter from travelers to body searches, includ- the story is being downplayed, since 40 seconds, but at least Ann Curry used King’s statement that this “demonstrates ing a father whose son had to remove the Evil Bush is no longer the target. the O-word: “The decision could under- the absolute insanity of the Obama ad- his shirt and the cancer survivor who Take the case of Gitmo prisoner Ahmed mine President Obama’s plan to put oth- ministration’s decision to try al Qaida says he was humiliated.” Ghailani, who participated in the U.S. er Guantanamo Bay detainees on trial in terrorists in civilian courts.” On the CBS Early Show, anchor Har- embassy massacre in Tanzania in 1998. civilian courts.” ry Smith cited “frustrated flyers calling When the federal judge crippled his trial ABC tossed off a few sentences on AT ABOUT the same time that the for a boycott over those new invasive in mid-October by omitting a witness, their evening newscast, with anchor- Ghailani fiasco erupted, controversy security procedures. But will the TSA ABC and NBC skipped over it. CBS man George Stephanopoulos admitting, over the Transportation Security Ad- back down?” On Today, NBC’s Matt Evening News offered an anchor brief, “This is something of a setback for the ministration’s enhanced pat-downs Lauer referred to “the latest fallout over with Couric calling it a “big setback for Obama administration.” started to bubble up. Here again, the those controversial new TSA screening federal prosecutors.” Nothing was at- But ABC’s Jake Tapper was the outrage was usually pitched against the methods at our nation’s airports.” tributed to the Obama administration. exception to the rule on Good Morn- TSA and its administrator ... and not so ABC and NBC each ran sound bites On Nov. 17, when Ghailani was con- ing America with a full news report much against Obama. of Obama calmly instructing the TSA victed on one count and acquitted on that let critics speak. He balanced an On ABC’s Good Morning America from an assumed political distance that 284 others, Couric did call it “a major anonymous administration spokesman on Nov. 22, Stephanopoulos announced, “you have to constantly refine and mea- sure whether what we’re doing is the only way to assure the American peo- ple’s safety.” But the bias went deeper. Lauer now openly sympathized with Obama’s TSA fighting off the terrorist threat. Lauer insisted privacy complaints “can be overblown. I’m not going to be the one, and nor can you be, to decide whether people think this is overly invasive or not invasive enough.” You don’t need to be a genius to fig- ure out that people think this is overly invasive. But Lauer struck a note of vig- ilance for “the government” that wasn’t seen in the Bush years: “I hate to even think of what happens if the government caves in on this, and relaxes these pro- cedures, and someone manages to get something on board a plane and causes harm. Imagine the questions you’ll be asked at that point.” WHAT ALL this underscores is that all of the liberal media’s tub-thumping for civil liberties and against Guantan- amo sounds a lot less principled and a lot more partisan. Why was it a “gulag” at Gitmo under Bush, and not Obama? Why was Bush “undermining civil lib- erties,” and Obama isn’t? 24 Conservative Chronicle COLLEGE EDUCATION: November 23, 2010 The high price of a college education T he favorite question liberal cluding room and board, the average an- newsmen ask incoming Re- nual cost at public four-year institutions publican members of Congress is $16,140 and at private four-year col- is: you promised to cut federal spend- leges and universities is $36,993. ing, so what programs will you will cut? The total price usually quoted for A good answer is college student grants college is the annual price times four. and loans because those handouts are But that figure is grossly understated be- probably wasteful and harmful. cause only 60 percent of college students in four-year colleges graduate within six SINCE OBAMA became President years, making the total price (to parents he has increased student aid by nearly 50 or to student debt or to the taxpayers) percent to $145 billion a year, including much higher than the four-year price. an additional $10 billion in Pell grants. The average student-loan debt of It’s unclear that these extravagant hand- students who graduated last year was outs benefit the young people they are $24,000. Students, their parents and the supposed to help. taxpayers should ask, is college It’s unlikely worth it? that students will It’s unlikely get a job that jus- Phyllis the graduates will tifies the colossal price paid by the Schlafly get a job that can pay off that kind of students (or their (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate debt. In the current parents, who may economy in which courses euphemistically labeled reme- and U.S. government and history are re- be taking out a second mortgage) who unemployment for 20-to-24-year-olds is dial. quired in only 19 percent. cough up the sticker price, or the colos- running at 10 percent, will they get a job Only 16 colleges require at least six sal debt students accumulate. As Ronald at all? IT’S NOT clear that even the stu- of the seven core subjects, and Yale, Reagan reminded us, Why don’t we find Law school graduates are even deep- dents who stick it out for four (or six) Cornell and Brown are among 103 col- out if what we are doing is part of the er in the debt ditch, with the average years are getting a real or useful educa- leges that require only one, or none, of problem. tuition debt owed by graduates of pub- tion. Exorbitant tuition prices cover sal- the core subjects. The more federal money handed out lic law schools $71,436, and by private aries for well-paid leftwing professors California State University at for college tuition, the more the price of law school graduates $91,506. Twelve to teach hundreds of so-called “niche” Monterey Bay allows students to count tuition rises for everyone. Government percent of last year’s law school gradu- courses that crowd out general knowl- the History of Rock and Roll as their re- financial aid always makes things cost ates couldn’t find law jobs, and many edge and skills. quired course in U.S. History. Emory more, not less (just like health care), so of those who did got only temporary or A 2010 survey of 700 four-year University allows students to choose it should be no surprise that college tu- part-time jobs. universities by the American Council among 600 courses to fulfill the His- ition has been rising faster than the con- Taxpayers are soaked for $7.6 billion of Trustees and Alumni revealed how tory, Society and Culture requirement sumer price index. given to “flame-out freshmen:” the stu- many elite colleges allow students to including one called Gynecology in the Tuition prices (not counting room dents who dropped out during or at the take these niche courses to satisfy core Ancient World. and board) currently average $7,605 for end of their first year. No evidence has curriculum requirements. The most ne- A class about television satisfies a four-year public institutions and $27,293 yet surfaced on whether they were tak- glected core subjects are economics, re- Literature requirement at the University for private colleges and universities. In- ing only non-college, high-school-level quired in only four percent of colleges, of Wisconsin at Madison. The Univer- sity of California in Los Angeles offers Queer Musicology. The best hope for bringing down the price of college tuition is to get the gov- ernment out of the mix. Another solu- tion may be the spread of online courses to replace the construction and mainte- nance of expensive buildings. Massachusetts Institute of Technol- ogy announced in 2001 that it would put its entire course catalog online. Harvard, Yale, Stanford and the University of Michigan offer major portions of their courses online, all free. Some colleges let enrolled students take courses online. Estimates are that 4.6 million students took a college level online course in 2008, a number that is rising rapidly. At the University of Florida, resident students earn 12 percent of credit hours online. Professor Mark Rush has 1,500 undergraduates enrolled in his class, and no lecture hall can hold them. THIS ISN’T distance learning. Stu- dents are not far from campus; they may be in bed with pajamas, the casual dress code for attendance. December 1, 2010 25 MARRIAGE: November 23, 2010 Do Americans really think marriage is obsolete? W hat do the American people pily; 69 percent say that single women think of marriage? A new raising children alone is bad for society; Pew Research Center/Time and 77 percent of Americans agree that magazine poll has been misused to sug- it’s easier to raise a family if you are gest Americans love family diversity married than if you are single. and, oh by the way, marriage is “chang- Wh en asked about the chal- ing,” not declining, lenges facing chil- and for the better! dren in non-tra- Nothing to worry Maggie ditional families, about. Meanwhile, Gallagher children with gay and lesbian par- scratch the surface (c) 2010, Universal Press Syndicate ents top a worry- parents are not married: Just 16 percent cans use two basic tools to define family: support for pieties ing list: 79 percent say these children face “a lot more chal- marriage and children. They no longer like “diversity,” and you find a core of of respondents say these children face lenges” than other children. Americans see these as necessarily linked, but the deep family traditionalism, unease and more challenges than other children — wrongly seem to imagine that marital presence of either makes it more likely concern — primarily about children. with 51 percent saying “a lot more chal- permanence often exists without mar- that Americans will see a family. lenges.” Eighty percent of Americans riage. YES, 39 PERCENT of Americans say children of divorce face more chal- Who counts as a family? Fully 86 TO WHOM are we obligated to applaud or worry that marriage is “be- lenges (42 percent say they face “a lot percent say a single parent and child are help? Kin emerges as the big dividing coming obsolete,” and a majority de- more” challenges), while 78 percent of a family, and 80 percent say an unmar- line, and once again it is both biological scribe the growing diversity of family the public say children of single parents ried couple with a child is a family. If children and marriage that create kin- arrangements as either a good thing or face at least a few more challenges (only a cohabiting couple has no children, a ship: Far more people acknowledge an a neutral thing. 38 percent say these children face “a lot majority of the public says that they are obligation to financially assist kin cre- Meanwhile, 61 percent of adults be- more challenges” than other children). not a family. But if a childless couple is ated by either blood or marriage (i.e., lieve that a child needs a home with both Americans are relatively uncon- married, 88 percent consider them fam- stepchildren, parents and siblings) than a father and a mother to grow up hap- cerned about intact families where the ily. Once again, the majority of Ameri- feel financially obligated to assist even their one very “best friend.” This submerged traditionalism re- MILITARY: November 23, 2010 emerges front and center in response to the question: What is “very important” ‘Where do we get these people?’ in a good husband or wife? Two traits top the list: “A good father/mother” as well as “caring and compassionate.” In In this season of gratitude, Bill Kris- White House could do. Krissoff said he open and treating lung collapse) and third place, close behind, is the willing- soff has a different notion of thankful- wanted a waiver to serve in the Navy rapid evacuation. ness to “put his/her family before any- ness than most of us. Medical Corps. The meeting was on a When injured troops arrived at Camp thing else.” He feels “very lucky” to have been Tuesday. On Friday, Krissoff had his Bastion, they got damage-control sur- Less than half of Americans view able to drop his orthopedic practice in waiver. gery to preserve life and limb, “just anything else as “very important,” in- Truckee, Calif. (a ski town in the Sierra He deployed in 2009 to western stabilize and not overdo it,” as Krissoff cluding sex, household chores, educa- Nevada), enlist in the Navy and deploy Iraq, where he engaged in mostly rou- puts it. It wasn’t easy seeing young men tion or income. to a war zone to repair the broken bodies tine orthopedics, because the so grievously wounded. “If I never saw Oh, money doesn’t matter — it’s all of Marines — all at an age when most that again,” he says, “that’d be OK. On about compassion and parenting, right? other people are making retirement the other hand, it’s very rewarding to And yet here, again, the surprising vein plans. Rich hear, on the other end, that they’re do- of sexual traditionalism lies just under Bill and Christine Krissoff had a right to think their family had already sacri- Lowry ing well.” Not a week would go by when Kris- the surface: Two-thirds of Americans say a man who wants to marry ought to ficed enough for the country. Both their (c) 2010, King Features Syndicate soff didn’t meet a Marine who knew be able to support a family, compared to sons Nathan and Austin “were heavily Nathan or Austin. “The Marines is a just one-third who say a good wife must influenced by 9/11,” Krissoff recounts, temperature of the war had declined so very small world; it really is a family,” able to support a family. and enlisted in the Marine Corps. The drastically. Krissoff returned home and he says. Krissoff set aside everything to We marry for love and children and oldest, Nathan, a graduate of Williams almost immediately was asked if he be part of it. If you try to praise Krissoff, value commitment above all else — but College who was an accomplished pia- wanted to go to Afghanistan. “It wasn’t now age 64 and at the Naval Hospital at a man, to be a good husband and father, no player, a talented athlete and a natu- the timing I was looking for,” he says, Camp Pendleton in Southern California, had better be able to support his family. ral leader, was killed in combat in Iraq “but it was the location I was looking he’ll invariably reply that he is simply In 1960, the year I was born, five in December 2006. for.” grateful for the opportunity. percent of children were born outside The idea came to Krissoff that he, From February to September this He recalls treating a Marine corpo- of marriage; today the figure is 41 per- too, wanted to serve the Marines, as a year he was in Afghanistan, includ- ral in Afghanistan who got shot in the cent. In 1960, fully 72 percent of all surgeon. Usually, as Krissoff says, “fa- ing several months at Camp Bastion in upper arm. Krissoff operated on him adults were married, and all classes thers inspire sons; in our case, I think Helmand province, the busiest surgical and cleaned up the wound, then told were equally likely to marry. Today 64 sons inspired dad.” facility in Afghanistan. He was near the him he’d have to recuperate back in the percent of the college grads are married, Only at age 60, he was too old. He tip of the spear of an often-miraculous States. “He wouldn’t hear of it,” Kris- compared to less than half of those with wanted to sign up with the Navy so he effort to save soldiers and Marines with soff chuckles. The corporal stayed at only a high school diploma or less. could care for Marines, but the Navy battlefield injuries. “If a Marine came to Camp Bastion a while and rejoined his Both groups are equally likely to say politely turned him down. His second us alive, there was a 99 percent chance unit. Krissoff heard he got shot a second they would like to marry. But the goods choice, the Army, told him it would take he’d leave our facility alive,” he says. time and went right back to his unit in of marriage are no longer equally appor- at least a year for an age waiver. Marja again. tioned — not for adults, and most sadly Then the Krissoffs were invited to a THE MILITARY has learned best of all, not for children. small gathering with President George practices to give wounded troops a KRISSOFF ASKS an awed ques- W. Bush, who was in the area meeting fighting chance. There’s improved care tion that could just as easily be applied MARRIAGE IS in trouble, and with families of the fallen. At the end, at the site of injury (with an emphasis on to his family: “Where do we get these Americans are more concerned than the Bush asked if there was anything the staunching bleeding, keeping an airway people?” Where, indeed? many pundits let you know. 26 Conservative Chronicle MARINE COMMANDANT: November 23, 2010 Gen. James Amos: A leader we all can follow W illiam Bradford, governor One more extraordinary example of of the Plymouth Colony, that type of leadership can be found in was a remarkable leader my friend and the new commandant of who endured much from Europe to the the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos. coastal regions of North America. In 2007, I visited our troops at 15 bas- Born in 1590 in a small farming es in Iraq with then-three-star Lt. Gen. town in England, he was only one year Amos and four-star Gen. Bob Magnus. old when his father died, four when his After being recommended by De- grandparents took over his guardian- fense Secretary Robert Gates in June ship, six when his grandfather died and and endorsed by President Barack seven when his mother died. Obama in July, he was appointed on Oct. 22, which my wife, Gena, and I IN 1620, at 30 years old, William (among many others around the world) and his wife, Dorothy, sold their house were thrilled to hear. and joined the Mayflower expedition According to the Washington Post, and sailed for America. Tragically, after military officials say Amos enduring the dif- is an innovative ficult crossing of thinker about fu- the Atlantic and Chuck ture combat and a while the ship was anchored at Cape Norris passionate advocate for finding addi- (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate Cod and the men tional resources Amos was again on the hot seat when ers. I don’t know what the effect of that were exploring on land, Dorothy fell to treat Marines diagnosed with post- he spoke recently with reporters during will be on cohesion. I mean, that’s what overboard and drowned. traumatic stress disorder and traumatic a Southern California visit to mark the we’re looking at. It’s unit cohesion; it’s If that wasn’t enough, William and brain injuries. To boot, Amos is a man Marines’ 235th birthday. With American combat effectiveness.” the remaining Pilgrims had to face one of great faith in God. And he’s now the troops on the battlegrounds in Afghani- I applaud Amos for caring more for of the harshest years of their lives, dur- first Marine commandant with a back- stan and still deployed in Iraq, Amos the troops than for being politically ing which only half of them survived. ground as a naval aviator. (In choosing said now is not the time to overturn the correct. He deserves the accolades of Bradford himself got sick and wasn’t Amos, Gates passed over Gen. James N. “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting military personnel and all citizens alike. expected to live, but he recovered. Mattis, who is one of the military’s best gays from openly serving in the mili- Americans should feel proud and safer to In 1621, William was elected to be minds regarding waging war on insur- tary. have him serving as the commandant of the second governor of Plymouth, and gents.) the Marine Corps. If we had more lead- he was re-elected nearly every year Before Amos was selected as head of AMOS EXPLAINED: “This is not ers like him in this world, we wouldn’t thereafter. the Marine Corps, however, he weath- a social thing. This is combat effective- be in half the hurt that we are. In fact, as One thing that has made America ered a rather unique vetting period. ness. ... There’s risk involved. I’m try- an Air Force vet and honorary Marine, I great is its long lineage of valiant lead- Amos’ poise and leadership was vividly ing to determine how to measure that say with millions of others, “Ooh-rah!” ers in every generation. These are the on display for the country and the world risk. ... There is nothing more intimate I know you’ll join me in giving thanks type of men and women about whom to see when he was grilled by members than young men and young women — this Thanksgiving for leaders like Amos our sixth president, John Quincy Ad- of the Senate Armed Services Commit- and when you talk of infantry, we’re and all the rest of our service members ams, said, “If your actions inspire others tee for an hour in a hearing in which talking our young men — laying out, around the world. It is their service and to dream more, learn more, do more and the questioning was almost exclusively sleeping alongside of one another and sacrifice that allow us the freedom to en- become more, you are a leader.” about gays in the military. sharing death, fear and loss of broth- joy the peace and prosperity of our fes- tive turkey day. Lastly, with gratefulness in our hearts, I encourage and challenge Americans everywhere to heed the call of William Bradford, who admonished: “Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and gar- den vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the sav- ages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to wor- ship God according to the dictates of our own conscience. Now I, your mag- istrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pil- grim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” December 1, 2010 27 AFGHANISTAN: November 24, 2010 Save our troops from futile death in Afghanistan T he administration’s Afghani- And the women come out to cut up stan War policy seems to be what remains, settling into a dismal combina- Jest roll to your rifle and blow out tion of confusion and cynicism. Before your brains the November elections the administra- An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.” tion was adamant that the troops would I am not arguing that we could not start coming home by July 2011. This, it win a theoretical war in Afghanistan. is presumed, was to keep the president’s But this particular war is being fought liberals calm. without sufficient resources, without a strategy than can remotely succeed and, BUT BEFORE the various recounts most unfortunately, with at least one were even finished, the White House eye on our domestic politics, rather than announced that the target date for turn- both eyes on victory. ing the fighting over to the Afghan Regarding resources, the strategy government was pushed back to 2014 calls for us to deny sanctuary — and that even to the enemy such that distant date that al Qaida could was merely “as- Tony not get back in the pirational.” 2014, presumably is to Blankley country safely. Yet even with keep the pro-war (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate the surge troops, the cards. And yet that is our strategic come home with terrible injuries to the Republicans and we cannot occupy exit strategy. brain and limbs. Pentagon calm. any but the most populous areas — so I do not understand how, as a country, But can any rational observer re- even if we succeed in our current efforts FINALLY, IT is apparent that the we can continue to send our troops into main calm as we watch our young brave (which we are not doing), we will not strategy of this war has been fatally that cauldron with no rational expecta- troops risking — and too often giving be executing our strategy for want of tainted by domestic political calcula- tion of success. — their last measure of devotion in that troops. tion. This proposition was unambigu- Our nation’s longest war is quickly god-forsaken land? It is not clear what Regarding the strategic failure, the ously described by Woodward in his becoming our nation’s most pointless has changed for a Westerner fighting premise of this war as currently being recent book Obama’s War. war, although it didn’t start out that way. in Afghanistan since Rudyard Kipling run is that we turn everything over to This is already our nation’s longest After Sept. 11, we had to send in troops wrote the flowing closing stanzas in his our Afghan government army and pol- war, and it shows no sign of ever fin- on a punitive raid to punish the Taliban poem “The Young British Soldier”: icy, who will be capable of maintaining ishing according to plans. It will end for giving succor to those who attacked “If your officer’s dead and the ser- whatever successes our troops will have when some president decides he has had us. After overthrowing them and killing geants look white, achieved. This is laughable. enough — or when some future presi- as many as we could, though, our job Remember it’s ruin to run from a As virtually any troops or officers re- dent decides to fight the war to actually was done. fight: cently back from Afghanistan will tell win — assuming we have the resources But first under President Bush and So take open order, lie down, and sit you, the number of troops and police be- at that point to carry out a victory strat- now under President Obama, a punitive tight, ing recruited, trained and kept in service egy. We do not currently have such re- raid has been turned into an exercise in And wait for supports like a soldier. is pathetically short of targets. sources in our military. nation building in a place that does not Wait, wait, wait like a soldier ... Moreover, most of them won’t fight. Until that day comes, we will con- have nation in the modern sense of the When you’re wounded and left on The idea that they will be ready to take tinue to lose 50, 100, 150 of our finest word. We could reform Germany and Afghanistan’s plains, over in 2011 or even 2014 is just not in troops every month. Many more will Japan after WWII because they were countries before the war. We will never turn Afghanistan into anything capable of exercising close authority over all its land. The public knows this, even if our government does not. A Quinnipiac poll released last week showed that, for the first time, support for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is negative. Forty-four percent of the public supports the U.S. role there, with 50 percent against. In September, 49 percent supported U.S. involvement, with 41 percent against. Among Democrats, only 33 percent say the U.S. is doing the right thing in Afghanistan; 62 percent say it’s not. Among independents, U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has 40 percent support; 54 percent oppose. Republicans are the only group favoring the U.S. commit- ment, supporting the war 64-31. THE PUBLIC needs to make a lot more noise about this. We need to save the lives of our troops now from their heroic sacrifice. Where are the tears for our sons and daughters on the front lines? A war that can’t be won should never be fought. 28 Conservative Chronicle START TREATY: November 23, 2010 Is GOP risking a new Cold War? B efore Republican senators Maintaining the credibility of the vote down the strategic arms U.S. deterrent is a vital national interest. reduction treaty negotiated by But does this justify holding the treaty the Obama administration, they should hostage? think long and hard about the conse- Without a treaty, we lose our right quences. and our ways and means to verify that In substance, New START has none Russia is carrying out the terms of arms of the historic significance of Rich- treaties already agreed upon. ard Nixon’s SALT I or ABM treaty, How does leaving the United States or Jimmy Carter’s SALT II, or Ronald in the dark about who is doing what with Reagan’s INF treaty removing all inter- Moscow’s nuclear weapons enhance our mediate-range missiles from Europe, or security? the strategic arms reductions treaties ne- Not only are our allies behind this gotiated by George Bush I and Bush II. treaty — as are Republican secretaries of state and defense and ex-national se- THE LATTER cut U.S. and Russian curity advisers — so, too, is the Penta- arsenals from 10,000-12,000 nuclear gon. warheads targeted on each nation to If the joint chiefs say this treaty is 2,000 — a huge cut. good for America, what do the reluctant If Republicans could back those trea- Republican senators believe is wrong ties, what is the case for rejecting New with it? Have they considered START? Barack the impact of the AMONG RUSSIA’S elite, there is an Iran and refused to deliver to Iran the Obama’s treaty treaty’s defeat on understandable distrust of the intentions A-300 surface-to-air missile system it had reduces strategic Pat Russia? of their old superpower rival. For Repub- promised. President Dmitri Medvedev is warheads by 450, leaving each side Buchanan In Russia to- day, there is a licans in the Senate to kill New START would clinch the case of the anti-Ameri- interested in Russia’s participation in a missile defense for all of Europe. 1,550. (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate widespread belief cans in Moscow that we are not interested Behind the Obama policy lies this real- Is this not that when the So- in nuclear parity but seek strategic supe- ity. The best way, the only credible way enough to deter when we consider what viet Union gave up its global empire, al- riority. to secure the freedom and independence the Chernobyl disaster did to the Soviet lowed itself to be split apart into 15 na- Killing the treaty would morally dis- of former Soviet republics like Lithuania, Union and what the knockdown of two tions and brought the Red Army home arm those Russians who see their future Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Georgia is buildings in New York has done to this from Europe, America exploited her with the West. not by threatening Russia with war, but country? Ten hydrogen bombs on the weakness by moving NATO onto her On taking office, Obama put the by bringing Russia in from the cold and United States or Russia could set us front porch. Ukraine-Georgia accession to NATO on a giving Russia a growing stake in aligning back decades, let alone 1,000. We brought the Baltic states, all for- back burner and canceled the anti-missile with the West. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona is holding up mer republics of the USSR, into an alli- missile system planned for Poland and the No matter the NATO war guarantees the treaty until he gets more assurances ance aimed against Russia. George W. Czech Republic. His policy has paid divi- we have given to the Baltic republics, that the administration will do the tests Bush sought to bring in Ukraine and dends. we are not going to war with Russia over and upgrades necessary to maintain the Georgia, thereby surrounding a Russia Half of the U.S. supplies going to the Estonia. For the first result of such a war reliability of U.S. nuclear weapons. He that had sought our friendship with U.S. war in Afghanistan go through Russia. would be the annihilation of Estonia. should receive those assurances. power. Moscow has backed U.N. sanctions on Moreover, many of Russia’s concerns are our concerns. Moscow does not want to see a Taliban triumph in Afghanistan, as that would embolden Islamic secessionist movements across the North Caucasus that have conducted terror attacks inside Russia itself. Russia is also deep into a demographic crisis, with more than 500,000 Russians disappearing every year. That this should happen is both a human tragedy and a strategic disaster, for Siberia and the Rus- sian Far East, and all their resources could wind up under the de facto control of 1.4 billion Chinese. Richard Nixon would have supported this treaty. Ronald Reagan would have supported this treaty, as he loathed nucle- ar weapons and wished to rid the world of them. And simply because this treaty is “Obama’s treaty” does not mean it is not in America’s interest. IF REPUBLICANS should kill New START, and Vladimir Putin responds by using U.S. rejection to rev up Russian na- tionalism to terminate the “reset” and re- turn to a policy of cooperating with Amer- ica’s enemies from Pyongyang to Tehran to Caracas, does the Republican Party wish to be held responsible for that? December 1, 2010 29 START TREATY: November 18, 2010 Just say no to START, ill-conceived arms treaty W hile we focus our scrutiny sincere in its overtures toward biparti- on President Obama’s do- sanship. This is a confirmed group of mestic agenda nightmare, Alinskyites who will say and do what- we’d best not take our eyes off another ever they have to do to get their agenda big ball: Obama’s frantic effort to get implemented. the New START ratified during the Sen- For Obama, every policy pursuit is ate’s lame-duck session. an emergency as he frantically presses forward in his singular quest to fun- AS USUAL, Obama is engaged in damentally change America — a goal a full-court press, pretending that there the American electorate resoundingly is some urgency to formalizing this ill- rejected Nov. 2. There’s never time to conceived nuclear arms treaty with Rus- thoroughly and adequately examine sia, when the sole urgency is the upcom- a pro- posal because the ing change in the sky is always fall- Senate’s partisan David ing. That’s why we composition. end up with such To his credit, Republican Sen. Limbaugh outrageous con- sequences as the (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate Jon Kyl announced administration’s his opposition to a vote on the treaty this arbitrary issuance of 111 waivers from year, which sent Obama into overdrive. Obamacare to employers, insurers and He dispatched Defense Secretary Robert unions and the reported acceleration of Gates to buy off Kyl’s opposition with hospital job losses because of Obamac- an illusory promise to spend an extra $4 are, to name just two. But Obama well billion on nuclear programs. understood that he could never get the Kerry, Sen. Richard Lugar, former Sen. place severe restrictions on U.S. mis- Kyl was wise to see through this bill passed if people truly understood Sam Nunn and former Secretaries of sile defense, and its verification mea- sham, understanding that Obama has no what was in it. State Madeleine Albright, James Baker sures are wholly inadequate. It would authority to fulfill much of this spend- With START, we’ve got déja vu all and Henry Kissinger. leave Russia with a decided advantage ing commitment, which would occur in over again. Obama apparently thought in tactical nuclear weapons with noth- later years after his term or terms expire. he could slip this through under the ra- AT LEAST Obama’s guests did not ing accruing to our benefit in return, and Plus, we’ve now seen ample evidence of dar, before Sen. Kyl wisely decided to wear white lab coats in the manner of it ultimately seeks to disarm the United Obama’s cynical approach to dealmak- stand athwart his madness. So Obama his rent-a-doc photo op preceding his fi- States at a time when rogue nations and ing with his confession that he knew summoned all kinds of dignitaries to the nal push for Obamacare. terrorists are getting ever closer to ac- there were no real shovel-ready jobs at White House for a Thursday meeting in No matter how many heavyweights quiring nuclear capabilities, not to men- the time he promised otherwise in order a flagrant PR move to gin up support Obama trots out to support his plan, it tion the dangerous regimes that already to push through his stimulus bill. Add for his plan. Attending were Secretary will still be contrary to the national se- possess them. to that Rahm Emanuel’s recent admis- of State Hillary Clinton, Senate Foreign curity interests of the United States. As In addition, Obama’s meaningless sion that the administration hasn’t been Relations Committee Chairman John critics of the treaty have noted, it would promise to add $4 billion more toward our nuclear arsenal is not only unen- forceable; it would come at the expense of other important defense expenditures. Plus, as the Heritage Foundation has noted, “the billions in ‘modernization’ are actually being dumped into federal labs and universities without spelling out a clear military mission for their ac- tivities.” This is all about Obama’s effort to take America down to size and to show the rest of the world that we are no lon- ger the big bad evil aggressor we were before he took office. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs let the cat out of the bag when he admitted that passing this treaty is crucial to international re- lations. Obama is already on record lamenting that we are still a military superpower, is Mirandizing terrorists on the battlefield, has changed the war on terror to “over- seas contingency operations,” refuses to consider Islamic radicalism to be the driving force behind many acts of do- mestic terrorism, and is insisting on try- ing terrorists in civilian courts (already with disastrous results). WE MUSTN’T close our eyes on this one, folks. 30 Conservative Chronicle TERRORIST CIVILIAN TRIAL: November 18, 2010 Eric Holder’s misbegotten war The Obama administration wants tive with real-time information about us to believe that one out of 285 ain’t the terror network. The Bush adminis- bad. tration interrogated him harshly with A jury in New York acquitted Ahmed an eye to extracting that information Khalfan Ghailani on 284 out of 285 quickly rather than honoring the nice- charges for his part in the murder of ties that obtain in the Daniel Patrick 224 people in the U.S. Embassy bomb- Moynihan Federal Court Building in ings in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. lower Manhattan. Attorney General Eric Holder thought the trial would be a glorious showcase THE JUDGE proceeded to bar a for the civilian court system. We’d witness whom the government had stun the terrorists with our courtroom l e a r n e d about through Ghai- immediate legal defense that our ci- guilty, the administration asserts the procedure, win over the world with l a n i ’ s CIA interrogation. vilian justice system demands. That’s right to detain him after acquittal. Such our mincing le- This “giant witness why the Bush administration fell back a power would be an un-American out- galisms and salve Rich for the govern- on military commissions and Gitmo. rage if it were applied to anyone except our consciences ment,” in the words Our civilian system is meant to protect an enemy combatant. after the hor- rors of the Bush Lowry of the prosecu- tors, sold Ghailani Americans from the awesome pow- er of the state, and all its protections IN THE LITERAL sense, the Ghai- (c) 2010, King Features Syndicate years. TNT. Even if the shouldn’t be afforded to enemy com- lani trial was a charade. We pretended judge’s ruling was too stringent, the batants waging war against us. to give him an ordinary trial, with the THIS WAS Holder’s war on terror. tension between being captured and Even Eric Holder implicitly ac- enormous escape hatch of keeping him He’s losing it in a rout. The attorney held in Ghailani’s circumstances and knowledges the distinction. He resists locked up no matter what. The charade general’s obsession with bringing ter- tried like a civilian is inescapable. even contemplating the possibility that ended in travesty, a fitting conclusion rorists captured overseas to the U.S. for If we’re serious about protecting terrorists brought here — and suppos- to Eric Holder’s misbegotten war. trial in the civilian courts looks more ourselves, we’ve never going to give edly presumed innocent — will be ac- willful and untenable by the day, as the all terrorists the Miranda warnings and quitted. Even if a terrorist is found not edifice of his legal strategy collapses in a pathetic heap. It’s not inconceiv- able that, should he win a second term, ISRAEL: November 18, 2010 President Barack Obama will hand over an operational Guantanamo Bay prison facility to his successor in Janu- Diminished capacity I ary 2017. Ghailani offered a brazen defense f the definition of insanity is re- including foods, cosmetics and hard- and, to borrow a phrase from Ecclesi- at his trial. It was all an innocent mis- peating the same mistake over ware from Palestinian stores.” This is astes, nothing more than “chasing after understanding when he helped buy and over again, then U.S. poli- the equivalent of “protection money” the wind.” It is not — nor has it ever the refrigeration truck and the oxygen cymakers over several administrations in the days of Al Capone, but it protects been — what Israel does or doesn’t do and flammable acetylene tanks used to should be institutionalized and relegated nothing except the fiction that propping that threatens peace in the region. It is make the bomb in Tanzania, when he to padded cells. up the mischaracterized “moderate” Israel’s existence that riles the Palestin- stored electric detonators in his house, Palestinian leadership of Prime Minis- ians and every Muslim state. Any nego- and when the suicide bomber used his THE LATEST, but certainly not ter Salam Fayyad is going to magically tiation that does not lead to the weaken- cell phone in the attack. These are the the last example of this craziness, is the deliver peaceful co-existence between ing of Israel on the road to its eventual things liable to befall any young man pressure the Obama administration is Israelis and Palestinians. annihilation is of no interest to the Pal- on the streets of Dar es Salaam. exerting on Israel to stop building set- estinian leadership. Can anyone prove Apparently, at least one juror tlements in the West Bank. A Nov. 14 that statement wrong? bought some version of this contempt- New York Times story repeats the fiction Cal The United States is playing mind ible fabrication and dragged the jury accepted over many years by Republi- into a senseless verdict. It found Ghai- can and Democratic administrations. Thomas games with itself and with Israel’s fu- ture. This country thinks people who lani guilty in a conspiracy to destroy The proposed 90-day freeze, says the (c) 2010, Tribune Media Services believe their god has ordered them to government buildings, but acquitted newspaper, would “break an impasse in kill Jews and others they regard as “in- him of everything else, including 224 the peace negotiations with the Palestin- Before again forcing Israel into con- fidels” (that would be all Americans and counts of murder. Does anyone believe ians.” cessions, several fundamental ques- anyone else who don’t embrace Islam) that a truck bomb meant to destroy a There can be no “peace negotiations” tions should be posed to the Palestin- can somehow be persuaded by infidel U.S. embassy wasn’t also intended to unless the Palestinian side is prepared to ians: (1) If your goal is to live in peace diplomats, like Secretary of State Hil- kill and maim everyone in the vicin- compromise on its demands. But since with Israel, why does Israel not appear lary Clinton (and previous secretaries ity? those demands include the acquisition on your maps? (2) In your school text- of state) and politicians like President Ghailani’s lawyer praised the verdict of all the land — including those 1949 books and on TV, why do you continue Obama (and previous presidents) to act as “a reaffirmation that this nation’s boundaries that in today’s world would to denigrate Jews and compare them to in ways that are opposed to what they judicial system is the greatest ever de- be indefensible against Israel’s numer- pigs and monkeys? (3) Why are young believe their god has commanded them vised.” Or, in other words, “Thanks for ous enemies — the very word “negoti- children portrayed in videos as future to do. One might as well believe staunch everything, suckers.” ate” is meaningless. “martyrs,” dressed in suicide garb, guns Southern Baptists can be persuaded to Ghailani will get 20 years to life, and The United States is sending another in hand, with mock bombs strapped to drink alcohol. that’s something. But this is no one’s $150 million in aid to the Palestinian their chests? (4) What agreements have idea of a showcase outcome. The trial Authority on top of the $400 million you made with Israel in the past that A LOT MUST change before any- went astray in the mismatch between President Obama promised to send in you have kept (answer: none) and why thing approaching “peace” between Pal- Ghailani’s status as an enemy combat- June. The Jerusalem Post’s Caroline estinians and Israelis occurs. Israel has should any future concessions by Israel ant and the protections rightly afforded Glick (http://www.jpost.com/) writes changed and given enough. It is long be sufficient to cause you to make peace civilians in our justice system. about what our money is buying us: “the past time for serious reciprocity from with the Jewish state, which you won’t When Ghailani was caught in Paki- death penalty for any Palestinian who even acknowledge as a Jewish state? the Palestinian Authority. If none is stan in 2004, he was that most price- sells land to Jews, the confiscation of an forthcoming, Israel should keep build- less commodity — an al Qaida opera- estimated $1 million in Israeli products, ALL OF THIS posturing is a fiction ing and agree to no new concessions. December 1, 2010 31 CHINA: November 19, 2010 Who fed the tiger? China shaking the world M issiles fired from the Chi- revaluing its currency to help with our nese mainland could destroy chronic trade deficits. five of the six major U.S. air As China holds a huge share of U.S. bases in the Far East. So states a new debt, Obama is not about to get sassy report of the U.S.-China Economic and with our banker, who might just cut Security Review Commission, adding: off the credit America, run- “Saturation missile strikes could de- ning a budget deficit of 10 stroy U.S. air de- percent of gross do- fenses, runways, Pat mestic product, des- parked aircraft, and fuel and main- Buchanan perately needs. Napoleon said tenance facilities. (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate of the Middle Complicating this Kingdom, “Let scenario is the future deployment of (China) sleep, for when she wakes, she China’s anti-ship ballistic missile, which will shake the world.” The shaking has could hold U.S. aircraft carriers at bay begun. outside their normal operating range.” So the question arises: Who put us in Opposite Taiwan, China’s missile this predicament? Who awakened, fed force has reached 1,600. and nurtured this tiger to where she is growling at all Asia and baring her teeth BEIJING IS also building rockets, at the United States? Answer: the free submarines and surface fleets to extend trade uber alles Republicans. UNDER BUSH II, the GOP made Sorry, but that cat cannot be walked her dominance out to the third chain of Richard Nixon opened China. His MFN permanent and sponsored Beijing’s back. islands, enabling the People’s Liberation 1972 Shanghai communique pointed entry into the World Trade Organization, Review commission chair Dan Slane Army to strike U.S. carriers and bases as inexorably to what Jimmy Carter did in despite China’s downing of a U.S. sur- says his members have concluded that far away as Guam. 1979: break relations and abrogate our veillance plane and incarceration of its “China is adopting a highly discrimina- Since the demise of the blue-water security pact with Taiwan, and recog- American crew on Hainan Island. Colin tory policy of favoring domestic produc- navy of Russian Adm. Sergei Gorshkov, nize the People’s Republic as the sole Powell was forced to apologize. ers over foreign manufacturers. Under the Pacific has been an American lake. legitimate government of China. For decades, corporate America the guise of fostering ‘indigenous inno- No more. In 1982, the Ronald Reagan White championed investing in China and vation’ ... the government of China ap- China lays claim to all the Paracel House signed on to a communique with trade with China, though the massive pears determined to exclude foreigners and Spratly islands of the South China Deng Xiaoping’s China by which we transfer of U.S. factories, technologies from bidding on government contracts Sea, all the Senkakus in the East China agreed to reduce and eventually end all and jobs was clearly empowering China at the central, provincial and local lev- Sea, and all the oil and gas beneath and arms sales to Taiwan as tensions in the and weakening America. els.” around those islets and reefs. strait diminished. Now, with U.S. political, military, Imagine that! The Chinese are ignor- America’s offer to mediate these Under George H.W. Bush, Beijing’s industrial and strategic decline vis a vis ing WTO rules and putting China first. claims, which involve half a dozen other crushing of the Tiananmen Square pro- China manifest to the world, we hear Don’t they understand how the Global anxious Asian nations, has been rudely test with tanks was not allowed to inter- the wails of American businessmen that Economy works? You’re not supposed rebuffed by Beijing. fere with business. they are not being treated fairly by the to tilt the field in favor of the home At the G20 gathering in Seoul, South Repeatedly, Republicans voted to ex- Chinese. And the politicians responsible team. Korea, Barack Obama got an earful from tend most-favored-nation status to Chi- for building up China are now talking One knows not whether to laugh or China about the Fed sinking the dollar na. Dissenters were castigated as “isola- tough about confronting and containing cry. and learned that Beijing would not be tionists and protectionists.” China. The policy the Chinese are pursuing, economic nationalism, was virtually in- vented by the Republican Party. Protec- tionism was the declared policy of the GOP from the day its first president took office in 1861 to the day Calvin Coolidge left in 1929. Free trade was the policy of a Great Britain whose clocks those generations of Americans cleaned, even as the Chi- nese are cleaning ours. As for a U.S. policy of containment, we have no vital interest in China’s border dispute with India, or Beijing’s claims to islands in the South and East China seas, or in China’s claims against Russia dating to the ninth century. Time for our Asians friends to take responsibility for defending their own claims. As LBJ said in 1964, “We are not about to send Americans boys nine or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.” This time, let’s mean it. THE DAY of the globalist has come and gone. 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