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Daily Blogs for 2/2009

by Christopher Chantrill

Understanding Obama's Budget | 02/27/09
 President Obama’s first budget, now available as a pdf ...

New Budget Charts Up at usgovernmentspending.com | 02/26/09
 Yes. Our crack team has been working like dogs ever since 11:00am EST. And now the ...

Obama Back to the Future | 02/25/09
 We conservatives thought that in 1981 with the election of Ronald Reagan that the ...

Flailing Around in Washington | 02/24/09
 If things weren’t bad enough, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) isn’t making things ...

Market Shrugs Bank Announcement | 02/23/09
 This is when you start to worry. The Obama administration announces its determination ...

"A Nation of Cowards" | 02/20/09
 This week everyone’s all riled up about Attorney General Eric Holder’s ...

The "Obama Winging It" Meme | 02/19/09
 First we hear that the Obama administration isn’t really ready for prime time. ...

Taking on the Powerful | 02/19/09
 We all know that the Fourth Estate is a keystone of democracy. We need journalists ...

Stimulus: A Clash of Faith | 02/17/09
 These days we live in an age of reason. Everyone claims that their ideas about ...

Learning from the Secret of FDR's Success | 02/16/09
 The conventional line on the New Deal is that FDR captured a generation with his New ...

Recalled to Life | 02/13/09
 Remember “Recalled to Life?” It comes from A Tale of Two Cities, ...

The Stealth Repeal of Welfare Reform(2) | 02/12/09
 It is cruel, Mr. President. It is corrupt. It is wasteful, it is unjust. And it is ...

The SNL Administration | 02/11/09
 I haven’t watched prime-time TV for 15 years. But I know that back in the day ...

Stimulus: Administrative vs. Incentive | 02/10/09
 The good thing about the Obama administration is that it gives the nation a clear ...

Let's Be Serious, Mr. President(1) | 02/09/09
 It’s sometimes hard to remember, but governments are instituted among men for ...

The How and the What | 02/06/09
 In government there are two ways of looking at things: how you do ...

Stimulating Hope and Change | 02/05/09
 How could it happen? How could all the promises about Hope and Change get buried in ...

Welfare Reform, Part 2 | 02/04/09
 Whatever happened to welfare reform? Last we heard, President Clinton had signed ...

It's Not As Bad As That | 02/03/09
 With President Obama safely inaugurated, the experts are looking at GOP prospects and ...

New Deal Put "Great" in Depression | 02/02/09
 You can’t say this often enough. The New Deal prolonged the Great Depression. ...


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

US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism

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

Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008

Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


[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

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.

Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit

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


A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy

Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


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

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