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                            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-
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  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.




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  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
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                                                                                                                                          Greenberg - pgreenberg@arkansasonline.com
   DEAR MARK: We cannot afford                ers is not their ultimate goal. KILLING      airline security. IRS agents already con-      Jacoby - jacoby@globe.com
to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts         millions of airline travelers is the ulti-   duct body cavity searches when audit-          Krauthammer - letters@charleskrauthammer.com
for the upper tax bracket, as it will cost    mate goal of the radical Islamists.          ing individuals looking for every dime         Lowry - comments.lowry@nationalreview.com
$700 billion over the next 10 years. You         Homeland Security Secretary Janet         they think is owed to the government.          Malkin - malkinblog@gmail.com
                                                                                                                                          Saunders - dsaunders@sfchronicle.com
conservatives ran on deficit reduction        Napolitano cannot be having a good                                                          Schlafly - phyllis@eagleforum.org
— why would you support a plan that           week when the most famous quotation             DEAR MARK:                                  Thomas - tmseditors@tribune.com
makes it worse? — Cost-Cutter in Can-         about her new airline safety policy is,         Sarah Palin was on with Barbara Wal-        Will - georgewill@washpost.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 - dan@northstarwriters.com
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 - info@creators.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. The Republicans adopted the el-
                                                                                                                                          ephant as their official symbol. If you
                                                                                                                                          answered the Democrats, they have
                                                                                                                                          never officially adopted the donkey as
                                                                                                                                          a party symbol.
                                                                                                                                             10. True.
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  AIRLINE SECURITY: November 24, 2010

Working out the terrorist watch lists
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           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?
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          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.
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                                                                                                                                                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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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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