Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Record, Even for a Politician

When it comes to health care reform, President Obama has begun breaking his promises -- even before he makes them!

APL Joins Coalition Opposing Waxman-Markey

Americans for the Preservation of Liberty has joined (PDF) a 186-member coalition to fight the Henry Waxman (D-CA) - Ed Markey (D-MA) global warming bill, HR 2454, the so-called "American Clean Energy and Security Act."

The bill would raise domestic energy prices noticably, reduce American competitiveness, and if it had any effect whatsoever on global temperatures, which it probably wouldn't, it would be a tiny one indeed.

CWRA Coming Up for a Vote

R.J. Smith of the National Center for Public Policy Research says the Clean Water Restoration Act is coming up fior a vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on July 18.

This is very bad legislation for anyone who wants to protect property rights. If this bill passes, the federal government will have the authority to regulate every drop of water in the United States, including a temporary rainwater puddle in your back yard.

Some will say that's unconstitutional, and that's true. That said, getting something declared unconstitutional is not easy, nor is it cheap. It is easier to stop the bill from being adopted in the first place.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Did Joe Biden Actually Say These Things?

This is nonsensical, even by Joe Biden standards.

Possibly a parody.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Just Stop Talking

Joe Biden reveals the location of the secret bunker the U.S. uses to keep vice presidents safe.

Why won't this man shut up?

Presidential Approval

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Novel View

Ed Driscoll says the problem with the GOP is that its members don't argue with each other enough.

The way he explains it, he may well be right.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Obama Predicts His Own Re-Election

In a video promoting Chicago for the 2016 Olympics, Barack Obama says flatly that he will be "wrapping up my second term as president" in 2016.

Perhaps he will, but it might be a bit more seemly if he acknowledged that the voters will have some say in this.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fact Checking

It seems to me the White House should be fact-checking the President's speeches to Joint Sessions of Congress a little better than this.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Making the Attorney General Proud

Perhaps this is the kind of thing Attorney General Eric Holder thinks we should all do more of.

Clearly, Mr. Wain Bennett is no coward when it comes to talking about race.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

APL Signs Coalition Letter to the U.S. Senate Against Stimulus Bill

February 4th, 2009

To the Members of the U.S. Senate:

We the undersigned public interest organizations, representing millions of members and supporters nationwide, hereby call upon you to reject the $819 billion spending bill that passed the House of Representatives last week.

This legislation will total some $1.2 trillion when interest is calculated over the next decade, and represents an unsustainable growth of government.

In addition, the Congressional Budget Office calculates that the budget deficit will already be $1.2 trillion for 2009. On January 3rd, the Washington Post reported that the deficit could total as much as $2 trillion. In part, it depends on how badly the recession hits the U.S., but also on how much productive capital the government takes out of the broader economy.

The irresponsible expansion of the budget to bail out state governments from their own budget deficits, expand Medicaid, boost education spending, food stamps and unemployment benefits, build federal buildings, provide more for public housing, construct climate change supercomputers, erect trade barriers overseas, create refundable tax credits, and make special interest payouts will not stimulate sustainable economic growth.

Instead, the astronomical growth of government spending, coupled with further monetary easing and protectionism, will discourage investment, savings, and capital creation, because in the longer term it means higher taxes, higher interest rates, and inflation. It will destroy jobs in the private sector, thus increasing individual dependency on government.

Importantly, it will steep American taxpayers ever deeper into a spiral of debt, now nearly $10.7 trillion. That includes $4.3 trillion owed in the form of unfunded obligations to Social Security, Medicare, and other commitments, and $6.4 trillion held privately, $3 trillion of which is held overseas. 40 percent of the debt held privately comes due this year. The only way for the government to pay it is to borrow yet more money.

As a result, the federal government is running the serious risk that it will default on its financial obligations, as the nation's creditors during the current economic downturn may be unable to continue sustaining the uncontrolled growth of spending, leaving the nation in financial ruin.

America needs a plan now to begin paying down the national debt, not an ill-conceived scheme that will make that task impossible for our children and our children's children. The nation needs to tighten its belt, and learn how to live on less credit, less borrowing, and less debt.

This is a change that must occur at the individual level, at the county level, the state level, and the national level. It is not a change that should begin by doubling down on a hasty, careless gamble.

In addition, permanent tax cuts that change incentives are much more effective than temporary targeted tax incentives and spending. What economists call the "permanent income hypothesis" shows that individuals and businesses only change their spending and investment habits significantly when they expect policy changes to be permanent. It takes more than one-year, for instance, to build a factory, and businesses may not do so if they think that tax incentives are only temporary.

Preventing tax increases on individual income, capital gains and dividends, changing the tax code to allow full-cost, first-year expensing for business equipment rather than the arbitrary IRS depreciation schedule, and lowering the U.S. corporate tax rate, among the highest in the world, would yield much more bang for the buck in ensuring a rapid economic recovery than the current package of massive spending with a sliver of targeted tax cuts.

Again, on behalf of our members nationwide, we the undersigned urge you to reject the $819 billion spending bill now being considered. Instead, we ask you to promulgate a real plan for change, to finally set the nation's fiscal house in order, to provide permanent tax relief to businesses and individuals, to free the American people from the boom-to-bust economic cycle, and to at last retire the national debt.


Fred L. Smith, Jr.
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Gary Aldrich
CNP Action, Inc.

William Wilson
Americans for Limited Government

Mark Williamson
Founder and President
Federal Intercessors

Thomas McClusky
VP for Government Affairs
Family Research Council

David N. Bossie
Citizens United

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Duane Parde
National Taxpayers Union

Mark Chmura
Executive Director
Americans for the Preservation of Liberty

Thomas Schatz
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Dr. William Greene

Ken Blackwell
Coalition for a Conservative Majority

John Berlau
Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs

Ron Shuping
Executive Vice President of Programming
The Inspiration Networks

Alex-St. James
African American Republican Leadership Council

Cliff Kincaid
America's Survival, Inc.

Richard Falknor
Maryland Center-Right Coalition

Amy Ridenour
National Center for Public Policy Research

Friday, January 23, 2009

No Madame Speaker

No, Madame Speaker, that was your head.

San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi said one of her favorite moments from Inauguration Day was when Marine One lifted off the Capitol grounds, signifying former President George W. Bush's exit from Washington. 'It felt like a 10-pound anvil was lifted off my head,' she said.
After the way the mostly liberal crowd treated the outgoing president at the inauguration, you'd think the Democratic party leadership would be going out of its way to show a little more class, if only in public, and only to make themselves look a little better than they now appear.

Thursday, January 15, 2009