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THE FOUR GOVERNMENT-CAUSED REASONS FOR OUR ECONOMIC MESS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 15 February 2008

How much money would the government have to give you and every other American to avoid a recession? You cannot answer because the question contains a false conclusion, and when political arguments are about false conclusions, the wrong policies are pursued.

To try to reverse the current economic slowdown, one first must understand the real causes and then try to correct those causes. Many in Congress, the administration, and the Fed have misdiagnosed the problem and then given the wrong medicine -AKA "the stimulus package."

There are four government-caused reasons why Washington remains "stuck on stupid" regarding the economy.
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BACK IN THE USSR Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Ariel Cohen   
Friday, 15 February 2008

If Yogi Berra happens to be in Moscow this coming May 9, we know what he'd say:  "Looks like déjà vu all over again."

On that day, heavy military equipment will once again roll down Moscow's Red Square for the Victory Day military parade. Tanks, missiles, and 6,000 troops will be joined overhead by fighter aircraft and military helicopters. The last time Moscow saw such a display of military hardware was November 1990, before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The parade is designed to generate nostalgia among the Russian people and to signal the U.S., NATO members and Russia's neighbors that Russia's power is back. It also illustrates President Vladimir Putin's emphasis on the military and security services at the expense of modern, democratic institutions.
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WHERE AL QAEDA IS EVEN LESS POPULAR THAN NANCY PELOSI Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 15 February 2008

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared again on CNN's "Late Edition" program Sunday (2/10) that the troop surge in Iraq is a failure.

Ms. Pelosi's timing was unfortunate for what shreds remain of her credibility.  Her statement coincided with the release by U.S. forces in Iraq Saturday (2/09) of the diary of Abu Tariq, an al Qaeda leader around the northern city of Balad. The diary was captured in a raid in November.  It apparently had been written the month before.

Abu Tariq once had nearly 600 fighters under his command, but his force has dwindled to no more than 20.  The chief reason for this, he wrote, was the decision of most Sunni tribes to throw in with the Americans.
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WILL HILLARY'S FATE BE DECIDED IN WISCONSIN? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 15 February 2008

I never thought I'd feel sorry for Hillary Clinton.  The truth is I don't.  But I'm grateful to her for removing a stigma from the guy I wanted to be president, Rudy Giuliani.  We have many months yet to go in this presidential election cycle, but already it's becoming notorious for whopping misjudgments. 

Until recently, the stigma for having run the worst campaign in modern history seemed to be a dead heat between my guy Rudy for forsaking the earlier contests to focus on Florida, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson who thought he could win the GOP nomination from his hammock. 

But Hillary Clinton is overtaking them.  How does one go from being the "inevitable" nominee of the Democratic party to a rapidly sinking underdog?  It helps to have a charismatic opponent like Sen. Barack Obama, and to not be very charismatic yourself.  But most of Hillary's wounds are self inflicted.
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THE CAUCUS A LAST BASTION OF SELF-DETERMINATION Print E-mail
Written by John Nehring   
Friday, 15 February 2008

Unless you live in one of the 17 states that still use the caucus as part of the political nominating process, your knowledge of that institution is likely limited to Iowa caucus reports on the news.  Yet the caucus plays a broader, important role in our presidential nominating process. 

In states that have retained or returned to the caucus - such as my state of Colorado - every election year sees a spirited debate over the merits and demerits of the caucus system.  The young lady who cuts my hair, a staunch conservative Republican, expresses the negative viewpoint as well as anyone. 

She doesn't like the caucus system because it excludes too many people.  To prove her point, I suppose, she self-excluded herself by not attending the caucus in our precinct, despite my strong encouragement to do so!

Our local Republican Party treasurer, on the other hand, champions the caucuses because they're the only place the average voter can actually participate in debates on issues and candidates and have those debates translate into meaningful action.

I myself like the caucus system for an entirely different reason.
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WHY AMERICANS LOVES AUSSIES Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 15 February 2008

When an Aussie fellow boarded his Qantas flight from London to Sydney, he found himself sitting next to a full-bearded Moslem man in a robe and turban.  "G'day, mate!" the Aussie greeted him.  "Name's Trevor."

The Moslem stared at him with his coal-black eyes.  "I am Imam Sheikh Emir Abdullah Mullah bin Badullah," he replied coldly.

After takeoff, the stewardess pulled her beverage cart down the aisle to ask the Aussie with a sunny smile what he would like to drink.

"I'll have a double rum and coke," was the Aussie's answer.  The stewardess quickly poured it, placed it on Trevor's tray, and asked the Moslem if he would like a drink as well.

He replied in disgust...
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DOUBTING MCCAIN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 06 February 2008

Whoa... what a firestorm.  At the insistence of many TTPers, last week's How the Clintons Will Destroy John McCain was made a free access article and promptly went viral over the Internet, becoming explosively controversial.

As you can see from the comments on the Member User Forum (201, a TTP record), the response from TTPers was overwhelmingly positive.  I also received a number of responses from personal friends.  Most were very supportive, a few were vehemently upset, with most of the latter assuring me that I remained their friend nonetheless.  I cannot adequately express how much this meant to me.

Then there were those among the latter whose friendship I have lost.  I am most regretful of losing that of Jim Warner's.  Jim had been a dear friend of many years.  I know of no finer man than Jim Warner, a man of unquestionable character and integrity.

As a captured POW held by the Communist Vietnamese for over five years, and a cell mate in the Hanoi Hilton of John McCain's for over a year, Jim felt it necessary to write a rebuttal to my article - without mentioning either my name or the article - in FrontPage Magazine.com.

It is easy to understand Jim's desire to defend his cellmate with whom he suffered indescribable horrors at the hand of the communists.  Thus the excruciating irony of Jim's article - for John McCain possesses a fraction of the integrity and decency of character of Jim Warner.  I would trust my life to Jim Warner without a moment's hesitation.  I would not trust my life to John McCain for a moment.   
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WARS ON THE WAY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 07 February 2008

While attention is fixated on Iraq and Afghanistan, the possibility of a number of other wars clearly emerged in the past few days, three in particular.

Starting January 30, a total of five undersea telecom cables have been mysteriously cut in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East area.  This is no accident, comrades.  Someone has been slicing them.  Someone with submarines to do the slicing.  Who could that be?  And what would be their target?

That's a prelude to war in the Middle East.  How about a war in Europe?  One being promoted by Condi Rice and our State Department in support of Moslem narco-terrorists taking over a Christian country?

That would be a region of Serbia called Kosovo.

Close to home is a third war on the horizon, between Venezuela and Colombia.
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TTP AND HISTORY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 07 February 2008

At the Winter Rendezvous this weekend in Sarasota, one topic of discussion will be how to make improvements in To The Point, making it even better.  We're jumping the gun this week, and making one many of you have been requesting for a while. 

That is to provide a side bar for categories of articles.  Over the next few weeks, we'll be adding categories with links to all the TTP articles on say, Islam, or Mexico, Russia, China, Democrat Fascism, Global Warming, Science, Health, etc.

The first one, however, is history.  In the TTP Article Category side bar will be a link to all the articles on the history of various countries and regions of the world.  It's the one many of you have wanted most of all.

Here's the list.  There will be more lists to come.
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THE ACCIDENT OF MCCAIN Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Thursday, 07 February 2008

Assuming John McCain gets the Republican nomination, it will show how whimsical history can be.

It would be the first time in living memory that a Republican presidential nomination went to a candidate who was not merely opposed by a majority of the party, but was actively despised by about a half of its rank-and-file voters across the country -and by many if not most of its congressional officeholders.

After all, the McCain electoral surge was barely able to deliver a plurality of one-third of the Republican vote in a three-, four- or five-way split field. He has won fair and square - but he has driven the nomination process askew.

This result reminds me of the nursery rhyme:
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REAGAN VS. CLINTON BY THE NUMBERS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 07 February 2008

Under which recent president do you think the U.S. economy performed best?

The policies of Presidents Bush, father and son, and Jimmy Carter clearly did not work as well as Ronald Reagan's and Bill Clinton's.

So let's compare their economic performance.  For the numbers show that Democrats can continue "the-Clinton-economy-was-best" ploy only if the Republicans and the news media let them get away with the factual misrepresentation.
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FACTS TO PONDER Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 07 February 2008

Doctors:

(A)  The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B)  Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is  0.171.

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept  of Health Human  Services.

Now think about  this:

Guns:

(A) The  number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.  (Yes, that's 80  million..)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188.

Statistics courtesy of  FBI.

So, statistically, doctors are  approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
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IS THIS THE BEST IRISH JOKE EVER? Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Wednesday, 06 February 2008

A Scotsman, an Englishman, and an Irishman meet in a bar while traveling.

"Y'know" said the Scotsman, "I still prefer the pubs back home.  In Glasgow, there's a wonderful little bar called  McTavish's.  The landlord there goes out of his way for the locals, so much that when you buy 4 drinks he'll buy the 5th drink for you."

"Well," said the Englishman, "at my local, the Red Lion, the barman there will buy your 3rd drink after you buy the first 2."

"Ahhhhh, that's nothing, laddies," said the Irishman.  "Back home in me own Dublin, there's Ryan's Bar....
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DASTARDLY DEMOCRAT DIRT Print E-mail
Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Friday, 01 February 2008

Like you, I am studying candidates for president - and have found out some amazing things.  On the Republican side, there is quite a pile of dirt for some - damaging history, criminal behavior, and so on.  Relatively little of it is being made public - except for Jack Wheeler blowing the lid off  McCain's candidacy this week with How The Clintons Will Destroy John McCain.

Thus the dirt in the Republican candidates' past and present is a ticking time bomb.  For now, the only bombs that the Democrats are launching are against each other.  They have already tried to destroy each other in a race and gender war.

In Obama's case, the dirt includes his early Moslem education, admitted repeated drug use, and membership in an openly racist black church.  However, there is more which has been coming out -- thanks to a U.S. Attorney for the Justice Department who seems to be an agent for the Clintons.
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AFTER FLORIDA, ON THE EVE OF SUPER TUESDAY Print E-mail
Written by Arnold Steinberg   
Friday, 01 February 2008

This is an endless a campaign of "what ifs." 

That is, a campaign prepares a strategy that presupposes a scenario which apparently will occur with 100 percent probability.  Then, when things don't quite go as planned, the campaign strategists have an alibi. Somehow, externalities undercut a supposedly thoughtful and well conceived plan.

The only problem with all this self-serving Monday morning quarter-backing?  Events with a reasonable probability were assigned zero probability, because the strategy was ineptly created. It often assumed an optimum or best case scenario. Or it sharply or entirely discounted reasonably foreseeable events.

Let's go through the what-ifs of the candidates in the wake of Florida and on the eve of Super Tuesday.
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