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WANT A REAL FREE LUNCH FROM THE GOVERNMENT? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 17 January 2008

Have you ever had a "free lunch?" A "free lunch" means the benefit you receive has no direct or indirect costs and is not a payment for a past act or a future obligation.

When Hillary, in her Christmas video, showed all of the "gifts" she was going to give us (e.g., "national health insurance," "kiddy care," etc.), she was promising to saddle us with future tax obligations, which are only "gifts" in Washington political-speak - and certainly not a free lunch for the nation.

The administration, members of Congress, and the presidential candidates are in the process of coming out with their "economic stimulus" plans to help avoid a recession or to mitigate the pain if one occurs.

Rather than take this opportunity to offer a real "free lunch" by removing government obstacles to a proper functioning economy, some will propose more spending and regulation because they are more interested in power than doing what is best for the citizenry.  Wouldn't you prefer to get a real free lunch from the government?
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AN HONEST BUMPER STICKER Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 17 January 2008

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DID NEW HAMPSHIRE SAVE OBAMA'S LIFE? Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 09 January 2008

If you Google "Obama" and "assassination" you will get 384,000 hits.

All over the world, the media is speculating on the possibility.  Typical is the January 8 (the day of the New Hampshire primary) headline in one of Australia's major newspapers, The Australian: Obama Must Be Wary of the Assassin's Gun.

The "news angle" of thousands of such stories is the same.  The first line of The Australian story is:  "Barrack Obama is crazy brave.  His victory in Iowa puts him in the crosshairs of many a gun-toting racist for whom the thought of a black president is an abomination."

It's the drumbeat theme echoing around the globe:  evil racist-fascist right-wing war-mongering child-eating nazi conservatives will always destroy America's hopes of being a peaceful humanitarian nation.

After all, it was just such a fascist-nazi right-winger that murdered JFK and killed Camelot, right?  What's that?  Lee Harvey Oswald was a Communist?  Oh...

Please ignore that impossibly embarrassing fact.  Especially since it brings up the real question that no liberal dares to think, much less ask:

Will Hillary find an Oswald of her own to take out Obama?
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THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 09 January 2008

"Right on track, Jack."  That's what one of the main campaign managers of The Man Who Wasn't There told me today.

He and his colleagues are happy, happy guys n' gals.  "This is going exactly as expected," they exude.  "And it's a strategy that has never been tried before.  If it works like we think it's going to, the world will think we're bloody geniuses."

Pause, after a bemused glance is directed at them.

"Yeah, well, right, it's the boss's strategy, so, okay,  he's actually the genius."

"The boss," the man who wasn't there in Iowa, Wyoming, and New Hampshire, the man who won't be there in Michigan, Nevada, or South Carolina, is, of course...
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NO PAULISTA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 11 January 2008

I might as well confess upfront - I have misgivings about writing this.  It's because a good number of TTPers, several of whom I've come to know and like personally via our Rendezvous, are passionate "Paulistas," or advocates of Ron Paul (R-TX) and his campaign for the presidency.

My misgivings come not from fear of offending them but my regard and respect for them.  They are decent, sincere folks who truly love their country.  They are also smart and not easily conned, politically or otherwise.  So there has to be a lot in Paul's message that's worth their passion.

That said, I'm no Paulista, and it's about time I explained why.
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WHY IS JOHN KERRY ALWAYS WEIRD? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 10 January 2008

Sen. John Kerry always seems to be a day late and a dollar short.

Today (1/10), Sen. Kerry traveled to South Carolina to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president:

"Who better to turn a new page in American politics?" Sen. Kerry said at a rally with Sen. Obama at the College of Charleston.  "We are electing judgment and character, not years on this earth."

There is nothing wrong with the choice of Sen. Obama to endorse, or (for Democrats) the reasons Sen. Kerry gave for endorsing him, which included Sen. Obama's opposition to the war in Iraq "from the beginning."  But the timing was weird.

Then again, John Kerry always seems weird.
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THE GOP RACE AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE Print E-mail
Written by Arnold Steinberg   
Friday, 11 January 2008

As I edited this column while watching the South Carolina debate last night (1/10), I was struck by the sparse coverage of President Bush traveling abroad.   It is surreal that an American President can visit Israel and coverage is relegated beyond the first page. 

Yet if we can escape a recession, foreign policy and defense could be back in the national debate.  Regardless, we remain in a situation where results in states like Iowa and New Hampshire set in motion events that can profoundly affect Super Tuesday (2/5). 

This is such a volatile year that the unthinkable could happen:  a virtual two-way race among Democrats could end up divisively, and a multi-candidate Republican primary could end up unified.

In my last column two weeks ago, The GOP Race One Week Before Iowa, I explained why a win by Huckabee in Iowa would help assure, via downward momentum for Romney,  a McCain victory in New Hampshire. 

Further, I predicted the media spin off New Hampshire would enable McCain to pass Rudy in the national polls, and I still feel that way.  Let's quickly summarize the candidates, from the beginning to now.
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A YEAR OF THRILLING SUCCESS, A YEAR OF DEMOCRAT HATRED OF IT Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Friday, 11 January 2008

As you read these lines on January 11, 2008, our troops are in the midst of Operation Phantom Phoenix, a "mini-surge" to squeeze al Qaeda and its fast-dwindling band of allies out of their few remaining safe havens in Iraq.

Iraqi troops fight beside us against a common enemy. Vast swaths of the country enjoy a newborn peace. Commerce thrives again. At the provincial and local levels, the political progress has been remarkable.

As for Operation Phantom Phoenix, our commanders expected terrorist dead-enders to put up a fight. Instead, they ran, leaving behind only booby traps and disgust among the Iraqis they tormented far too long.

The headlines at home? "Nine American Soldiers Killed." No mention of progress or a fleeing enemy on the front pages. Just dead soldiers.   Determined to elect a Democrat president, the "mainstream" media simply won't accept our success.
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HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 11 January 2008

Which presidential contenders would be best for the economy and which ones worse? Unfortunately, much of the campaign has revolved around a series of largely meaningless sound bites and words like "change."

Some candidates find they can get away with policy prescriptions totally disconnected from their stated goals and empty platitudes, because many in the press demand nothing more, even in the "debates."

I suspect that there are millions of other such voters who haven't a clue about various candidates' positions, let alone understand the actual implications of their declared policies.  So let's discuss them, one by one, and see if that helps us answer the question.
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OPTIMISM IS NOT DENIAL Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 11 January 2008

Bad Therapeutic Interaction:

Therapist: "You're in denial"
Client: "No I'm not!"
Therapist: "Aha! See, that proves it!"

There can be some confusion over what is meant by optimism. When a pessimist is called on their pessimism, sometimes you will hear something like, "I'm not a pessimist, I'm a realist." The idea being that, however nice optimism might be, the perceptions of a pessimist are more accurate than those of an optimist.

When you ask them, however, to describe what they define as optimism, they will generally describe people who are so invested in avoiding any awareness of trouble that they deny it, even when it's nearly smacking them in the face.

True enough, some people are averse to even acknowledging if something is bad. And the danger of this is that you cannot effectively engage whatever you need to in order to make the best of the situation; you cannot adjust and adapt to the challenge.

So let's talk about how to be optimistic in life and yet not in denial of reality.
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MESSAGE TO THE TROOPS Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 11 January 2008

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM MEN IN BLACK ABOUT 2008 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 04 January 2008

Nope, this is not an alien joke like Alien Al, much less one regarding the PIAPS, who was born only 3½ months after Roswell.

It is about the history lesson taught so arrestingly by Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K in Men In Black.

2008 is going to be a stressful year for a lot of folks.  The fate of America, the fate of Western Civilization, the fate of mankind, will be decided this year - as far as folks who enjoy being Drama Queens are concerned.

As we plunge forward into the fateful unknown of 2008, let us, then, take a deep, calming breath and listen to the soothing words of Agent K.

His partner, Agent J played by Will Smith, is freaking out as a newbie man-in-black, unglued over the alien threat that will destroy the Earth in the next half-hour.

Agent J:  Man, we ain't got time for this...  I don't know whether or not you've forgotten, but there's an Arquillian Battle Cruiser that's about to...

Agent K: Kid, there's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they... do... not... know about it!

Welcome to the history of the world.
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OBAMA IN KENYA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 03 January 2008

Barrack Hussein Obama Junior will not win or lose the Democrat Party's presidential nomination in Iowa or New Hampshire or elsewhere in the US.  He'll win or lose it in Kenya. 

That he'll lose it there is the fear of his campaign advisors who wear green eye-shades.  That he'll win there is the hope of his campaign advisors who have both brains and cojones.

Last week in The 2008 Carpe Diem Filter, we noted that an ideal presidential candidate would be someone who knows how to carpe diem - who looks at problems as opportunities, who would best be able to recognize and maximize the opportunity in a crisis.

Fate has just given Obama such a make-or-break opportunity.  Will he confidently use it, or will he wimp out, showing the world he's not the hero of his believers' mythology, but the Obambi phony his detractors claim?
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CELEBRATING BLUE, CO2, AND THE RENDEZVOUS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 04 January 2008

Hear that wonderfully melodious sound?  It's the crack-up of Global Warming, the Left's crazed attempt to seize global power after the failure of Marxism crashing and burning.  2008 is starting off just right.

A tip off that it's over for the eco-wackos was the announcement of the Pantone color mavens that green is passé for 2008, that the hip color is blue - as in blue skies, no clouds, no rain, just sunshine and deep blue sky.

Then on New Years Day, the liberal bastion itself, the New York Times, scandalously ridiculed glowarmers, calling them "availability entrepreneurs," sneering at them as

"the activists, journalists and publicity-savvy scientists who selectively monitor the globe looking for newsworthy evidence of a new form of sinfulness, burning fossil fuels."

When the New York Times laughs at glowarmers - well, it's like Global Warming is so over.   So it's time to start celebrating CO2.  I have a really good suggestion on how to do so.
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THE BIGGEST GLOBAL STORY SINCE 9/11: THE DEFEAT OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Friday, 04 January 2008

As 2007 drew to a close, embarrassed journalists sought to play down American military successes and avoided questioning Democrat presidential contenders about their predictions of inevitable failure in Iraq.

Magically, Iraq disappeared from the headlines - except on those rare occasions when a problem could be reported. At the close of a year of stunning progress, media stories on New Year's Eve leapt to report that 2007 had been the deadliest year for US troops.

You had to read deep into the columns to learn that those casualties occurred in the first half of 2007, as we battled and defeated the terrorists and militias - or that, in recent months, American and Iraqi casualties have plummeted as a relative peace broke out.

The greatest media story of 2007 was the one you never read (unless you read To The Point):

2007 was a strategic catastrophe for Islamist terrorists - and possibly a historic turning point in the struggle against al Qaeda and its affiliates.
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