And the media wonders why nobody trusts them.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Worth remembering the next time democrats complain about the unfairness of "tax cuts for the rich".
Glen Reynolds says:
I think that degree of progressivity is actually bad. I think that everyone should pay at least some tax, and it should vary each year with how much the government spends, and should be enough to give people an incentive to care.
A couple of key qoutes:
...legislation-by-anecdote is a tricky thing, and should only be done when the anecdotes actually hold some water.
The family is not as destitute as the MSM has made them out to be. FreeRepublic member icwhatudo asks the tough questions the mainstream media won’t ask. Like why a “working family” in need of government-subsidized health care can afford to send two children to a $20,000-a-year-private school.
Apparently this family made life choices which did not include insurance for their kids.That is not "need." That is "choice." In America, we try to take responsibility for our choices like big boys and girls.
As Don Surber points out: “Interesting that public schools aren’t good enough for their kids but public health insurance is.”
No, not all of us were destined to be Olympians. But each of us has the innate capacity to maximize our natural gifts and our heroes give as an example of the form. Something to look up to, a vision to chase.
Except when they cheat. Some of us lose their faith in human greatness, others give in to the siren song and lose their innocence.
But all of us lose.
Bjorn Lomborg is the smartest guy out there talking about climate science these days.
From the article:
I point this out not to challenge the reality of global warming or the fact that it's caused in large part by humans, but because the discussion about climate change has turned into a nasty dustup, with one side arguing that we're headed for catastrophe and the other maintaining that it's all a hoax. I say that neither is right. It's wrong to deny the obvious: The Earth is warming, and we're causing it. But that's not the whole story, and predictions of impending disaster just don't stack up.
Mitt to Rudy: You're a big spender.
Rudy to Mitt: You're a bigger spender.
Mitt to Rudy: No, you!
Rudy to Mitt: No, you!
Fred: Er... um... ahh.... You both spend too much!
Ron: The government should not exist!
Barack to Hillary: I was against the Iraq War before you were.
Hillary to Barack: You're unqualified.
Barack to Hillary: You're too qualified!
Hillary to Barack: You don't know what you're talking about!
John: I was against the Iraq War while a fetus!
Bill: I was against the Iraq War in a previous life!
This sounds about right.
According to Victor Davis Hanson, the answer is yes.
Helms reports that the attack was carried out by “multiple cells of local Wahabi extremists and well-paid local gunmen from Al Asa’ib al-Iraq [the Clans of the People of Iraq] that were led by Al Qaeda foreign fighters, the summary claims. Their case was bolstered by Marine signal intercepts revealing that the al Qaeda fighters planned to videotape the attacks and exploit the resulting carnage for propaganda purposes. Eleven insurgents involved in the attack are identified by name and affiliation in the details of the summary. All of them were killed or captured in the days immediately following the Haditha incident.”
More here: http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2007/10/new-york-times-reports-on-haditha-then.html