Monday, October 29, 2007

A Chicken In Every Pot

The Democrats have gone back to there old playbook. No longer do they try to sound moderate.
They plan to get elected by promising to give the lower and Middle classes everything they always wanted. None do this better then John Edwards.
He has even promised college for everyone. Have we not yet learned that the things we really appreciate are those that we work for. Anyone who is smart enough to go to college and wants to go to college can find a way. It may not be easy but how much sweeter the payoff.

Edwards rails against economic disparity but it is economic disparity that has made this country great. It is because so many Americans wanted to improve their conditions and had the ability to do so by hard work and sweat that this country is one of the most innovative, creative, hard working countries that has ever existed. It is what fueled our geographic and economic expansion. It is what puts a fire in our belly. Tax the rich and spread it out with programs and cash handouts so that everyone has the same standard of living and no matter what you do you can not be better or worse and there goes any incentive you have to work hard. People need something to strive for.
My great grandfather was a an Irish immigrant who worked as trolley car conductor. His son became a foreman at a plant and in turn his son entered the world of white collar middle management. I worked my way through school to become the first college graduate in my family and went on to earn a professional degree. That is how this country has worked and that is as it should continue. If you want better for your self or your family go out and get it do not wait for the government to give it to you.
The New Deal was bad for this country because it taught people that they are entitled to all sorts of things at the governments expense. Edwards program will be even worse. It will be another nail in the coffin.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Know Nothings

We seem to be incapable of learning from history. Anti immigration sentiment goes as far back as 1843. Called the "Know Nothing" movement because when asked about it the leaders would say I know nothing. ( ) Its followers where driven by a fear of Catholic immigrants.

Once again immigration is a driving force in politics. It is driven by a fear of foreigners and a fear that they might not assimilate. Some even postulate that they plan to take back Mexican territory we conquered 150 years ago. Just like the Know Nothings feared that Catholics were part of a plot by the Pope to take over America. Of course those fears turned out to be unfounded.

That is not to say the anti immigration groups are not correct about a few things. We should encourage English only not print things in Spanish. We should encourage assimilation. We should not allow illegal immigration.

The flip side is we must allow opportunities for legal immigration. They would not be coming if we did not need them. They clearly fill a need in our labor market just as previous waives of immigrants did. They are hard workers and they share many of our values. Our current immigration laws do them and us a disservice.

The middle ground here is this. Crack down hard on illegals, seal the border, have English only laws and encourage assimilation but pass a fair, just realistic immigration law. One that recognizes the economic need and benefit of all involved. We should not have millions of illegal immigrants but we should have millions of legal ones. The Mexican and Central American immigrants share many of our values and they are hard workers. They will be an excellent addition to our country, just as the immigrants before them where.

BTW here is an article that inspired me to write this. also an enlightening article on the subject from today's news

Buenos Dias

Friday, October 12, 2007


When I decided to start this Blog I said to myself, "Self I am not going to write about celebrities". No doing the Paris Hilton, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, OJ Simpson shtick. ( that string of names will get me some hits on the old search engines ehhh)

But I now realize it can not be helped. Celebrity worship is too big a problem to ignore. So I will occasionally excoriate a celebrity. Today's target is Bruce Springsteen. What! How can I attack the all American rocker. Everybody loves the BOSS.

Well let me sum it up in one word "hypocrisy " I hate hypocrisy and Bruce is full of it. He sells himself as some sort of blue collar hero to the downtrodden working man.

Yeah right. He has lived in some of the most affluent communities in NJ. So what brings on this fit of anti Bruce mania. This week there was an article that he was being sued for breaching a contract to....are you ready for this, buy his daughter an Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand dollar horse so she can compete in equestrian events.

I am an unabashed capitalist and while I would not spend money the way many rich people do if I were rich, that is there right. What gets me are the ones who spout off about the downtrodden and then waste their fortune instead of spending it to alleviate some suffering. Its called talking the talk but not walking the walk.

Then he spouts off about American foreign policy. Flash bulletin for Springsteen! Condi Rice is more qualified to conduct our foreign policy then a rock star who never went to college.
I hate it when these movie stars and musicians who barely got through high school think that they know more then anyone else about how to conduct world affairs. Yeah maybe that is elitist but who would you rather have making decisions about this countries security. Somebody who has a doctorate from Princeton or Yale or the guy who almost flunked history in Podunk High and joined a rock band or took up acting rather then going to college. Actually it is not them I get really mad at because everybody has an opinion. What gets me mad is the number of idiots who listen to them as if they were a prophet.

Anyway I feel better now that I got that off my chest. I will try to stay away from celebrities for awhile. Bad for the blood pressure.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


There has been a lot of talk in the press lately about the Bush administration seeking cuts in a program that supplies medical insurance to uninsured children. Now It is hard to argue that we should not provide insurance for children who are from poor families. Even if you take the position that the adults are responsible for there own you really can not let the children suffer for any shortcomings the parents may have. So I never had a problem with this particular program other then I knew that the liberals would not be happy stopping there and would try to expand the program into universal health care.

Then I read this news article.

Apparently my blue state has decided to sue the federal government because they changed the eligibility requirements for this program. New Jersey's suit focuses on rule changes, which would limit federal coverage to families earning less than 250 percent the poverty level — $51,625 a year for a family of four. New Jersey currently covers families that earn up to 350 percent of poverty — $72,275 for a family of four.

Say that again! Our taxes are paying for health insurance for children whose parents earn $72,275 per year. Unbelievable. You are not going to convince me that a family of 4 cannot provide shelter, clothing food and health insurance on 70 grand a year. Now certainly in NJ you would have to live frugally on that amount but necessities come first. At this level this program is not helping the truly needy it is merely income redistribution. It is also another way that the democrats buy votes. This is outrageous.