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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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Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


Education

“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State


Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures


German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Knowledge

Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


Chappies

“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison


Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


Action

The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


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


Conversion

“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh


Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital


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