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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. ...



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


“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

China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


[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

Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust

Class War

In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, “The Scientist as Rebel”


Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity

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


“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

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

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


“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

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