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Friday, September 08, 2006

French Do Not Join Terror Fight-It Is Just Policing

French PM Villepin on the war against terrorism (from Reuters):

"Let us not forget that these crises play into the hands of all extremists," the prime minister said in a debate on the Middle East. "We can see this with terrorism, whether it tries to strike inside or outside our frontiers," he added.

"Against terrorism, what's needed is not a war. It is, as France has done for many years, a determined fight based on vigilance at all times and effective cooperation with our partners.

"But we will only end this curse if we also fight against injustice, violence and these crises," he said.

Since France has not engaged in any of the wars against terrorism, they must be sitting pretty with the Islamic fascists. All that is needed is "vigilance"?

Villepin's attitude is the same as John Kerry's. To treat terrorism as criminal activity like prostitution. Accept its presence and pursue the perps.

No, we will not accept terrorism as a norm. We will fight this war whether you care to participate or not!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Wealth Is Created By Freedom

Don Boudreaux explains how most American's are "Bill Gates-rich" as compared to people from the rest of the world or our predecessors from anywhere. We live longer, safer, more luxurious lives than people have ever done. And the reason? No, it is not technology. Every country in the world has access to the internet, computers, mass assembly manufacturing, electricity and fuel.

With these resources available to all, why does the US stand out from the pack?


Writes Boudreaux:

As shown again and again by researchers who study the relationship between prosperity and economic freedom, the greater is economic freedom, the greater and more widespread is prosperity.

Boudreauz summarizes the findings of Economic Freedom of the World: 2006 Annual Report:

Nations in the top fourth in economic freedom have an average per-capita GDP of US$24,402, compared to US$2,998 for those nations in the bottom fourth;

The top fourth of economic freedom also has an average per-capita economic growth rate of 2.1 percent, compared to 0.2 percent for the bottom fourth;

Unemployment in the top fourth of economic freedom averages 5.9 percent, compared to 12.7 percent in the bottom fourth;

Life expectancy averages 77.8 years in nations in the top fourth of economic freedom but a mere 55.0 years in the bottom fourth;

Nations in the top fourth of economic freedom have only 0.3 percent of children in the work force, while nations in the bottom forth suffer 19.3 percent of their children in the labor force;
In the top fourth, the average income of the poorest 10 percent of the population is US$6,519 compared to US$826 for those in the bottom fourth;

As this careful new study makes clear, there is no denying that more freedom means more prosperity for more people -- and that lack of freedom ensures poverty for the masses, regardless of the degree of technological sophistication.

NYers Less Concerned About Terrorism

Andrew "Skip" March writes the following on poll results on NYers views on US security:

On a related note, a recent NY Times/CBS News poll revealed that two thirds of NYC resident are still "very concerned" about a terrorist attack in their city, slightly reduced from 5 years ago, while overall 22% of Americans are "very concerned", down from 39% during the same period.

What is remarkable is that these numbers are as low as they are. Democrats claim that we are less secure and that the Bush Administration has failed in protecting us. Frankly, I believe that we should all be very concerned about a terrorist attack in our respective areas because of what these terrorists are capable of doing, but not because of the Bush Administration's failures in the war on terror. In fact the Bush Administration has been remarkably successful and may be suffering politically from its successes as people get back to their normal lives. This has facilitated Democrats' efforts and apparent success to isolate the war in Iraq from the war on terror...another distortion by Dems.

If recent events regarding Lebanon, Gaza and Israel don't remind us of how important Iraq is, I'm not quite sure what will.

Neal Phenes adds: Watch the concern increase as the ACLU, "liberal judges" and a potential Dem ascendancy to Congress provide their safety measures.

1990's Golden Slumbers

The Clintons are trying to halt the airing of the ABC docu-drama The Path To 9/11. From the NY Post article:

"The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely," the four-page letter said.

I guess Clinton did pursue Al Qaeda during the 1990's and we just missed it. I guess there were no indications of this global jihad against the US until Bush became president. The Lewinsky-Paula Jones sex scandals (that should have been stayed until Clinton left office) never distracted him from the issue of US security.

As Hugh Hewitt described the film's portrayal of the Clinton administration:

National Security Advisor Sandy Berger is portrayed as indecisive, Madeleine Albright as misdirected, George Tenet as sputtering. The film does not spare the Bush Administration its shots either, but for the left in the US the most damning thing possible is a recounting of the deep slumber concerning al Qaeda that overcame not just President Clinton but all parts of the national security apparatus throughout the '90s.

Watch it on Sunday and Monday nights at 8:00 pm on ABC. For those of you who think the jihad began in late 2001, rent the Moore movie.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Conservatives and Libertarians: There's A Difference?

Bruce Bartlett provides a simple, generally correct primer on the history of and current split in the coalition between libertarians and conservatives. He highlights some points from Ryan Sager's new book.

Writes Bartlett on the then and now:

By 1980, these different strands of the conservative coalition united behind Ronald Reagan, who skillfully pulled them together under the Republican tent. By 1994, the coalition was strong enough to gain control of Congress, and Republicans truly became the nation's governing party for the first time since 1932.

Sager argues that George W. Bush has effectively destroyed this extremely successful political partnership by siding with the traditionalists and ignoring the libertarians. He threw a few tax cuts at the latter, like bones to a dog, but at the same time endorsed a vast expansion of government spending that will soon lead inevitably to tax increases.

Bush's courting of the evangelicals has increased friction between them and the libertarians, who now have become deeply alienated from the Republican Party, Sager argues. They may not be ready to become Democrats, but neither can the libertarians be considered a reliable part of the Republican coalition any longer, as they were in the Reagan era.

I thought all non-liberals were just racist fat cats.

So, where is this libertarian-leaning Republican? As I have written, I am appalled at Bush's overall spending, his growth of the federal government programs in education and entitlements (No Child and Medicare, for instance), government intrusion into political contributions (McCain-Feingold) and trade barriers and tariffs. On any of these domestic issues, Democrats do not provide a more libertarian alternative. Their only grievance is the programs do not go far enough in income redistibution.

I still hold our security as the trump issue. Anyone failing to recognize the importance of defeating the global jihad against the West is ignoring the core issue of our time. On that, and in some ways, that alone, GW Bush has my support. I am still waiting for the loyal opposition's plan to combat terrorism from Islamic terrorists. I cannot endorse any plan that does not include an aggressive pursuit of terrorists worldwide (Buchanan's stay at home approach is a guaranteed failure). Until I hear something serious, I am faced with no option.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Remember 403-3

Just a reminder. It was about 10 months ago that the Democrats stated that the American people wanted to pull out of Iraq. The House held a vote on November 18, 2005. The vote count was 403-3 to remain in Iraq. As the Washington Times reported:

The resolution failed 403-3, with six voting present. Those voting for it were Democrats Cynthia A. McKinney of Georgia, Robert Wexler of Florida and Jose E. Serrano of New York.

Republican leaders wanted to force Democrats to take a stand on whether they endorsed Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. John P. Murtha's Thursday proposal to begin a six-month withdrawal from Iraq.

How could so many Dems have voted against the American public's overwhelmimg consensus? How could Cong. Murtha have voted not to pull out after all of his speeches back then? These are the steadfast statesmen we need to defeat the enemy Islamists?

Remember Somalia.

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