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Where nations go to die…

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You must read Mark Styen on the stimulus:

http://www.ocregister.com.nyud.net:8090/articles/stimulus-economy-percent-2295331-bill-pelosi

The last line —  “Big government is where nations go to die…” — ought to be the preface of every remark on this piece of excrement.

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January 31, 2009 at 3:08 pm

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End of welfare reform?…

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One reason for the success of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 was a cap on the amount of federal cash that can be sent to states each year for welfare payments.  Someone slipped a provision into the bankrupt-us-really-fast bill which would do away with the cap:

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01302009/news/columnists/change_for_the_worse_152723.htm

Color me unsurprised.

And while we’re on the worst piece of legislation ever to hit Congress, read here to see what His Oneness thinks FDR did wrong — I confess I yelled several cuss  words when I did.  See if you’re more temperate than I am, perhaps settling for, oh, banging your head on the wall.  But it does explain a few things:

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01302009/news/columnists/change_for_the_worse_152723.htm

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January 31, 2009 at 2:06 am

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Stimulus effects on health care…

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Tevi Troy, who until last week was the Deputy Secretary of HHS, has an excellent run-down on the negative effects of the stimulus package on health care:

http://www.weeklystandard.com.nyud.net:8090/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/074nsbzs.asp

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January 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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Gore-bal warning…

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Have you noticed that whenever Al Gore goes to testify about his new religion, which has made him very wealthy, there’s an ice storm, or snow, or some definitively COLD weather event?

His streak continued in DC this week.  Ian Murray has a short piece on it:

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/01/28/liveblog-of-al-gore-climate-hearing/

Gore also wanted the stimulus bill in its entirety passed, apparently thinking his medical records will be safe.  They won’t — see here:

http://www.forhealthfreedom.org/

But I’m certain Gore agrees with the Davos participants that capitalism isn’t a very good thing, and the government should run things:

http://wnd.com.nyud.net:8090/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87405

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January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm

There is no Santa…

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Walter Williams has a straightforward, easy to read piece on the economy and the Steal-From-Your-Grandkids bill, here:

http://wnd.com.nyud.net:8090/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87261

And the Wall Stret Journal editors can’t believe what’s in the “40 Year Wish List”, here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123310466514522309.html

And Ellis Washington has a wonderful line:  “Why don’t the Republicans understand that they are playing checkers while Obama and the Democrats are playing chess?”.  His column is here:

http://wnd.com.nyud.net:8090/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87317

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January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm

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Thomas Sowell informs…

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Read the incomparable Thomas Sowell on what Obama’s  non-stimulating stimulus really is:

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NTc5ZWE2ZWIzMWZiM2NiZTc2NzNkM2E4MjY2ODkxNDQ=

And David Freddoso has a timely stimulus primer, here:

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NTc5ZWE2ZWIzMWZiM2NiZTc2NzNkM2E4MjY2ODkxNDQ=

Jim Manzi has more:

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDBiYjY3OWJjOWMyMWFjYmZjMjU2MTAwNDg1OGExNTA=

The House Republicans offered up an alternative stimulus plan which would actually work, but it was of course voted down.  The Stalinist Plan passed, but EVERY Republican voted against it, along with some blue-dog Democrats.  Call and thank them, and ask them to get after the Senate.

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January 29, 2009 at 2:33 am

Hamas wants a truce…

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Why is Hamas suggesting a year-long truce with Israel?  Because they got a good whipping and they need to re-arm.

http://www.newsmax.com/international/ml_israel_palestinians/2009/01/25/174996.html

The U.S. Navy is making that more difficult:

http://wnd.com.nyud.net:8090/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87102

One has to wonder if such interdiction will continue under Obama, since he has already called for Israel to open the border crossings.

There are rumors that State is pushing for Hamas to be involved with the Egyptian efforts to close the smugglers’ tunnels into Gaza.

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January 29, 2009 at 12:34 am

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