Friday, January 4, 2013

Conservative on Target!

[GREAT!] A federal judge has ruled that the “EPA overstepped its authority trying to regulate water as pollutant in Virginia,” reports Fox News.

"After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." -- Alexis de Tocqueville

A Populism Worthy of the NameBut Erickson’s “new agenda” post opens up a path out of futility for the populist right. It’s an outline, not a policy paper, but basically he argues for 1) a more family-friendly turn in tax policy, and a focus on payroll taxes as well as income taxes; 2) a more anti-corporate, anti-Wall Street turn in economic policy, based on a recognition that “the Fortune 500 has less and less in common with the fortunes of the average American,” (for readers well-versed in D.C. wonk controversies, he even sneaks in a dig at the G.O.P.’s ill-thought-out support for the existing copyright regime) and 3) a focus on the cost of higher education, in pursuit of what he calls “a low cost BA.” These ideas share space in his post with old conservative standbys like regulatory reform, school choice, and repealing Obamacare.
   But they are not old standbys themselves, and they offer a glimpse of what a more constructive and effective right-wing populism might be able to offer to the party — and a glimpse, too, of what might have been had Republicans thought harder about policy in 2012 instead of just expecting the economy to deliver them the White House.

DUH.. New study suggests U.S. fiscal stimulus generates less than $1 in GDP growth for every $1 spent  http://bit.ly/134tbU3

What If People Behaved The Way Government Does? (An "Arresting" Poster) http://bit.ly/134sASq


Egyptian Magazine Confirms Muslim Agents Influence Obama Administration's "Useless Fools" http://bit.ly/X6Tq89


WOW! An Appeal for Dictatorship Comes Out of the Closet at the New York Times http://bit.ly/X6iJqW


Again, Americans Are Still Fleeing High-Tax, Forced-Unionism States With Good Reason http://bit.ly/TA0Cdp