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Understanding Obama's Budget

by Christopher Chantrill

PRESIDENT Obama’s first budget, now available as a pdf “overview” online, is properly horrifying conservatives. And not a few moderates.

But really there is nothing remarkable in the budget. President Obama is doing what he said he would do.

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New Budget Charts Up at usgovernmentspending.com

by Christopher Chantrill

YES. OUR crack team has been working like dogs ever since 11:00am EST. And now the headline charts are up. They show federal spending of $3.9 trillion for FY 09, up from $3.1 in Bush’s last budget.

And the numbers show a deficit of $1.7 trillion for the current fiscal year. The deficit goes down to $1.1 trillion in FY 2010.

You can check out the charts at usgovernmentspending.com’s new budget page.

Numbers? You want numbers?  unfold 

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Obama Back to the Future

by Christopher Chantrill

WE CONSERVATIVES thought that in 1981 with the election of Ronald Reagan that the United States had taken a path of no return. There could be no return to the disastrous policies of the Carter administration, with its synthetic-fuels energy policy, its inflation, its gas lines, and its retreat in the cold war.

Yes. Remember “synfuels?”

We conservatives believe that government doesn’t do anything well, and does a lot of things really badly.

We thought we had elected Ronald Reagan to put Big Government  unfold 

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Flailing Around in Washington

by Christopher Chantrill

IF THINGS weren’t bad enough, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) isn’t making things any better. Instapundit Glenn Reynolds is careful to post an item about the author of the banking crisis, Friend-of-Angelo Chris Dodd, every day.

On Friday, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., mouthed off that the government might have to nationalize some big banks. Such a move would clean out investors, and investors reacted accordingly.

If you read  unfold 

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Market Shrugs Bank Announcement

by Christopher Chantrill

THIS IS when you start to worry. The Obama administration announces its determination to shore up the banks, and the market shrugs. Well maybe the market will think it over.

According to Binyamin Appelbaum the government is easing up on the banks.

The federal government will ease the terms of its investments in more than 350 financial institutions to increase the benefit of the taxpayer dollars while reducing the cost  unfold 

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"A Nation of Cowards"

by Christopher Chantrill

THIS WEEK everyone’s all riled up about Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Nation of Cowards” speech.

But why? Holder is inviting everyone to have a national conversation about race. Said he:

[T]hough there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.

And we are cowards for not having the courage to talk about race.

I agree,  unfold 

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The "Obama Winging It" Meme

by Christopher Chantrill

FIRST WE hear that the Obama administration isn’t really ready for prime time. Now Karl Rove suggests that the Obamians are “winging it.”

He’s probably right. Our Democratic friends tend not to pay much attention to capitalism and the way it works, except to rail against it and propose a new intervention to correct “market failure.” Democrats like to think of themselves as the intelligent people, and like to think that they can come  unfold 

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Taking on the Powerful

by Christopher Chantrill

WE ALL KNOW that the Fourth Estate is a keystone of democracy. We need journalists because they “speak truth to power.”

NOT.

When they talk like that, journalists usually mean criticizing the president, government, and big corporations, writes Jonah Goldberg. But the fact is that it doesn’t cost you anything to criticize traditional villains. In fact, if you criticize the president, the publicity might make you a  unfold 

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Stimulus: A Clash of Faith

by Christopher Chantrill

THESE DAYS we live in an age of reason. Everyone claims that their ideas about politics and economics are driven by reason and science.

But that is wrong. We live in an age of faith, an age of faith in science. Everything comes down to faith.

And that goes for economics too.

The “stimulus” bill that President Obama is signing today is an act of faith. Ever since the late 19th century a large group  unfold 

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Learning from the Secret of FDR's Success

by Christopher Chantrill

THE CONVENTIONAL line on the New Deal is that FDR captured a generation with his New Deal programs. Sure, they didn’t all work, but they gave people hope.

Not exactly, writes Michael Barone. What put FDR into the pantheon of national heroes was World War II.

In 1938 the Democrats suffered a meltdown.

In the 1938 off-year elections, Democrats lost 81 House seats, 51 of them in the industrial belt from  unfold 

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Recalled to Life

by Christopher Chantrill

REMEMBER “Recalled to Life?” It comes from A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens’ romance about the French Revolution. The phrase referred to Dr. Manette, imprisoned in the Bastille and now released.

For years Republicans and conservatives have felt a bit like they were imprisoned, or at least uncomfortably shackled.. The long withdrawing roar of the Bush administration and the cold-cock politics of the Democrats put decent, common-sense reform in the meat locker and sadly depressed Republican  unfold 

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The Stealth Repeal of Welfare Reform

by Christopher Chantrill

IT IS CRUEL, Mr. President. It is corrupt. It is wasteful, it is unjust. And it is delusional.

What I am talking about? I am talking about the reports from Benjamin E. Sasse and Kerry N. Weems, Mickey Kaus and from Robert Rector that  unfold 

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The SNL Administration

by Christopher Chantrill

I HAVEN’T watched prime-time TV for 15 years. But I know that back in the day Saturday Night Live developed the concept of “not ready for prime time.” Not that I ever watched the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. (But I did just check Google to make sure I had my facts straight.)

It was common knowledge that the Clinton administration was not ready for prime time in 1993. And now it is looking like the same is true of the Obama administration.

Certainly the Obamites have swung and missed at three pitches in a  unfold 

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Stimulus: Administrative vs. Incentive

by Christopher Chantrill

THE GOOD thing about the Obama administration is that it gives the nation a clear experience of the difference between the two political parties.

Like the “stimulus” package. It clearly reestablishes the Democratic Party as the party of the administrative solution. Got a problam? Design a program and administer the people and resources needed through a bureaucratic, political process.

By comparison, here is Republican  unfold 

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Let's Be Serious, Mr. President

by Christopher Chantrill

IT’S sometimes hard to remember, but governments are instituted among men for serious reasons. The principal reasons are to secure peace at home and abroad and provide a platform for people to go about their daily lives and earn a living.

In the modern era, that means a functioning credit system. As long as the credit system is sound, then everything else will fall into place.

So when the Obama administration put off the announcement of  unfold 

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The How and the What

by Christopher Chantrill

IN GOVERNMENT there are two ways of looking at things: how you do things—the process and the image—and then there is the what, the actual policies and ideas that you implement in law and regulation.

President Obama ran as a how candidate, according to Kimberley A. Strassel. He wanted us to judge him on the way he was going to do things.

It was all about how he was going to do it — with bipartisanship and ethics  unfold 

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Stimulating Hope and Change

by Christopher Chantrill

HOW COULD it happen? How could all the promises about Hope and Change get buried in the dust of politics-as-usual so quickly? Is it really impossible for our political leaders to do anything without covering it in political chicanery and ethical lapses. Can’t we stimulate the economy without a christmas tree bill that shovels money at every liberal special-interest gropup in the nation?

My answer is: What do you expect when the government is handing out $5.5 trillion a year in goodies? Here’s the gory details from  unfold 

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Welfare Reform, Part 2

by Christopher Chantrill

WHATEVER happened to welfare reform? Last we heard, President Clinton had signed welfare reform in summer 1996 after vetoing two bills from the Republican Congress. Democrats had all predicted disaster. But by the year 2000 welfare rolls had dropped to 6 million—from a level of 13 million in 1995—and child poverty had gone down too. After that, silence.

Well, it turns out that, right under our noses, the incompetent Bush administration has been doing welfare reform part 2, and it’s working, according to  unfold 

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It's Not As Bad As That

by Christopher Chantrill

WITH PRESIDENT Obama safely inaugurated, the experts are looking at GOP prospects and they are painting a gloomy picture. Both Michael Barone and John J. Pitney see a gloomy short-term outlook.

Barone notes that Republicans are doing dismally with black and young voters and are even losing the educated voters in the affluent  unfold 

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New Deal Put "Great" in Depression

by Christopher Chantrill

YOU CAN’T say this often enough. The New Deal prolonged the Great Depression. If you want a book-length treatment, a good one is Amity Shlaes readable Forgotten Man, now out in paperback.

And today there’s a good article in the Wall Street Journal by Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian: “How Government Prolonged the Depression.”

The New Deal is widely perceived to have ended the  unfold 

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What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican


Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050


Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.


Churches

[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


Pentecostalism

Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization


Conservatism's Holy Grail

What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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