The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back — and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare. With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens
Comments: Dr Sowell, always the smartest man in the room imparts wisdom with which most Ldotters will agree. Democrat-Lite has not/ does not work for the Pubbies and, more importantly, for The USA. Happy New Year, all
FTA: "...[T]o this day, the Republican establishment still goes for pragmatic moderates who feed pablum to the public, instead of treating them like adults...
...It is not just Republican presidential candidates who cannot be bothered to articulate a coherent argument, instead of ad hoc talking points. Have you yet heard House Speaker John Boehner take the time to spell out why Barack Obama’s argument for taxing “millionaires and billionaires” is wrong?...
...Some people may take solace from the fact that there are some articulate Republicans like Marco Rubio who may come forward in 2016. But with Iran going nuclear and North Korea developing missiles that can hit California, it may be too late by then."
Comment: America´s greatness came through great leadership. We need more of it now.
Too late. Too late. The members of the congress and the executive and getting wealthy at such a rate that they don´t dare change anything and with half the country on some sort of welfare, there´s no way conservatives can ever get a firm foothold again.
Everything Dr. Sowell said is true, but I don´t like the headline. The Republicans Deserve to Lose indicates that this is about the Republicans, as in the Republican Party. It is NOT about them. It is about US, and WE are the ones who suffer when the Republicans lose, and we do not deserve it!
As long as you can vote to take someone else´s money, you will until it runs out. And the dems/pubbies all seem to operate on this now. I´d be interested to know how many people have changed their voter´s designation in the last four years. And how many changed in November 2012. Yet the republicans state their big plan is to be more like the dems. Go figure.
The Republicans lost because they reverted back to their Rockefeller, Country Club Republican roots, and froze out the Tea Party. After all, who needs all those scruffy, smelly working class louts in their small time jobs, and mom and pop businesses who are trying to make it on their own without a handout from Uncle Sam. All the welfare recipients are going to vote for Obama anyway, and besides, The Tea Party types are all a bunch of racist rednecks. Isn´t that what the Democrats told us? And as for Sarah Palin, don´t even go there.
Oh I´m sure the pols had enough time to slam a few last night and backslap each other thinking they saved the world again. I am also with Sowell as to being bothered by the fact that a simple coherent message wasn´t forthcoming from the pubs explaining our real fiscal problems. Two months from now we get spending cuts. Oh goodie.
If only we could replace just one of the so-called leaders in congress with a brilliant man like Dr. Sowell... Our only non-violent choice at this point is to keep throwing the incumbents out until we finally get some real courage and intelligence in there such as that of Paul Ryan. Problem is, the hourglass is nearing the bottom for America.
Sowell is correct. And a larger point overlooked is that any party that nominates for POTUS the likes of Alf Landon, Wendell Wilkie, Dewey, Sassen, Eisenhower, Nixon, Dole, the Bush Buffoons, McCain and Doofus Romney; is most emphatically NOT a conservative party.
...advised not to answer Democrat wild accusations because those false accusations would discredit themselves... that is the neverending fatal error. Half the people in this country have less-than-average intelligence. They´ll believe anything; the more outrageous, the more believable. The proper response these days is not to refute nonsense with facts, but with even more outrageous nonsense. THAT they´ll believe!
I don´t like the word "deserved",I lost because many voters stayed home, why? The "e" CHRISTENS wouldn´t vote for a Mormon.Others shot themselves in the foot voting agaist something not for something or some one.
GOP must learn that the American voter is an ass.We must fight fire with fire and stop the Mr.Nice Guy stuff.Our Country is damn near gone because we are trying to fight by the rules when the demos never even knew there were rules.
People started to get involved and fight back in 2010, but then we all got complacent again. We saw that some other people began to take the reins and began to fight, so we all went back to our little routine lives again. Then when the left started calling the TEA Parties bad names, more people gave up and so the few that were left began to go off in different directions and lost site of the people´s goals. Some let their heads get big with power, others started pushing other agendas, like social issues...and the focus was lost. Now we still sit on the sidelines once again and let the left think they defeated us, when in truth we defeated ourselves and we LET them win again. Yes, Romney´s campaign screwed up but we could have done more ourselves too. We can do more now...but I don´t see it happening. I think people are just accepting the mess we´re in and don´t care enough to change it.
Hopefully, Marco Rubio, who voted against the Republican debacle, will take what he has learned and apply it to his successful election in 2016. We should all be so fed up with the RINOS and Democrats that we will see the light of conservative action.
The biggest underreported story out of Washington this year is that the federal budget is shrinking and much more than anyone in either party expected. Consider the numbers: According to the Congressional Budget Office, annual outlays peaked at $3.598 trillion in fiscal 2011. After President Obama´s first two years in office, many in Washington expected that number to hit $4 trillion by 2014. Instead, spending fell to $3.537 trillion in fiscal 2012, and is on pace to fall below $3.45 trillion by the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30). The $150 billion budget decline of 4%
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon moved Tuesday to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures, cutting the number of days off from 11 to six. Defense officials said the Pentagon found sufficient savings in the final months of the current fiscal year to lessen the burden on those who have had to take a day off a week without pay since early July. As a result, the final furlough day for most workers will be next week.
It has been a busy few weeks for the Securities and Exchange Commission. In May, the SEC charged two cities—Harrisburg, Pa., and South Miami, Fla.—with securities fraud for allegedly deceiving investors in their municipal bonds. This follows similar fraud charges against states, New Jersey in 2010 and Illinois in March, after SEC investigators uncovered what they called "material omissions" and "false statements" in bond documents related to those state´s pension funds. With Harrisburg, however, the SEC has gone further and charged the city government with "securities fraud
Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of tax-exempt groups, took her too-clever-by-half act to Congress yesterday and may have waived her right to claim her Fifth Amendment privilege in the process. Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, she couldn’t resist citing a little history, bragging on her public service, instructing the committee as to the purpose of the Fifth Amendment, and proclaiming her innocence of everything the committee might be interested in — all before asserting her Fifth Amendment privilege. Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) was a bit taken aback.
Earlier this year, the Government launched the clasp for those who had taken part in the air offensive during the Second World War, but stopped short of awarding a medal, as campaigners had been calling for. But figures suggest that barely half of those eligible for the lesser award have so far applied, with veterans snubbing the “pathetic” award. (snip)only a clasp, rather than a medal, as “cheese-paringly” mean, adding: “What did those men do except lay down their lives for their duty? My father would have been raging – I know that to be sure.”
A jury in Pennsylvania has convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell of three counts of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, and several counts of performing illegal late-term abortions at his facility in West Philadelphia. Gosnell is eligible for the death sentence, an end that would be as close to justice as earthly powers can mete out in this episode. The English language does not contain a word sufficient for describing the crimes of Kermit Gosnell; “murder” will do, but only for legal purposes. Gosnell’s human abattoir is the logical endpoint of our morally fraudulent national approach to abortion,
The expanding Internal Revenue Service scandal could hardly be any more Drudgeriffic. Well, maybe if in addition to singling out groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, the agency had purchased a few billions rounds of hollow-point ammo. Maybe then. But even as is, the scandal is looking pretty bad and getting worse. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the IRS also “scrutinized conservative groups for raising political concerns over government spending, debt and taxes or even for advocating making America a better place to live.” We’ll see where this eventually goes.
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a
Former President Bill Clinton shared an anecdote regarding Nelson Mandela and the aftermath of his impeachment Friday on CNN. Clinton revealed shortly after the “impeachment business” finished on Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Hyde (R., Ill.) who managed the impeachment trial requested a meeting at the White House. The former president granted the meeting out of lessons of humility and forgiveness he learned from Mandela, he said: BILL CLINTON: I remember one day, oh, about a month after the whole impeachment business was over, Henry Hyde, who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe a few months after, it was
One definition of a pathological liar is someone who lies where the truth would serve just as well. When President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, was arrested in 2011 for drunk driving, the truth — that Obama had stayed with his uncle years earlier for several weeks as a Harvard law student — would have served the president just fine. No potential Obama voter would have held it against him that an uncle he had stayed with two decades earlier was picked up for DUI. Yet the White House went with a lie, claiming that Obama had never met his uncle. Now that