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Indeed. Debt, unfunded obligations, dependence on foreign oil, and other long-term problems are extremely daunting, but getting back on course could be accomplished fairly quickly by a few good people willing to withstand extreme heat.
Good morning, sir. You could make a good case for Coolidge, though he mostly maintained the policies of Harding, the audacious idea man. In an economic depression that no one ever heard of, Harding and Coolidge campaigned on a platform of reducing government voracity/generosity. Somehow they actually made good on their promise by cutting the federal budget in half and in so doing ended the depression and ushered in the Roaring '20s. They also undid the worst of Wilson's damage to the Bill of Rights and pushed for anti-lynching legislation.
Reagan entered office with five main goals: revive the American spirit, revive the American economy, revive American defenses, destroy the Soviet Empire, and reduce the burden of government. He achieved four, and for that he deserves recognition as the greatest president of the 20th century. Letting government grow in size, greed, and meddlesomeness was the price of his historic accomplishment, however; and in just 20 years the government that he failed to rein in has undone nearly all he did. Now we need another Reagan to do it all again. I fear that none will be found in time.
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The Abortive Renee Ellmers

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Jan 24, 2015 5:29 AM
I contributed to her 2010 campaign against the odious Democrat Bob Etheridge, and I still believe that she was vastly preferable. But her time has passed, she needs to go, and there are plenty of solid conservatives who could take her place.
MSDNC is a sick, migraine-inducing embarrassment. It stopped even pretending to report news years ago. All it offers is opinion, and it presents that so ineptly that it makes a dull four-year-old throwing a tantrum look like Alistair Cooke. Everyone associated with the outlet is mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Still we must pay some attention to it because a few thousand people who vote take it seriously and because we should know what the enemy is up to.
I never suggested that Boehner link arms with Merkel; but I am disappointed, though not astonished, that they didn't go and march in the rank and file. You're right in that it is the president's job to show the flag at big events. He didn't do his job. It's the job of the opposition leadership not to act like a collection of potted plants. It hasn't done its job in years. You're right, too, in that this is about perception. The cops who killed the Paris terrorists did more to protect Western civilization than all 3.7 million marchers combined. So did Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi when he strode into the leading Sunni Islamic university in the world and told clerics to get their heads out of their butts and their hearts out of the 7th century. The march was symbolic. But the absence of high-profile Americans creates the perception that nobody running this country cares much about jihad. That perception, unfortunately, is correct.
1. This was not a prearranged G8 gathering or an arms-limitation conference for bigwigs only. It was not a formal international-relations event. It was an almost-spontaneous rally by humanity against barbarism. 2. Are you seriously suggesting that all the 3.7 million people who showed up were invited dignitaries or that only the elite should've attended? 3. I don't hate Republicans. I used to be one, and I still vote for Republican candidates. But I've faced the fact that the Republican establishment, to adapt a passage from George Will, loves commerce and the status quo more than it hates communism, Islamonazism, reconquista, or any of the other forces arrayed against us. It also distrusts its own base more than it distrusts its sworn enemies.
There's no defending or excusing the regime's snub, but I have to point out that Boehner, McConnell, Priebus, et a large number of al in the nominal opposition party were also no-shows. As if we needed more evidence that there's not much difference between D and R.
Maybe Obama would've gone if someone had convinced him that this gathering might make for better selfies than Mandela's funeral.
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An Egyptian Crackdown in South Dakota

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Jan 11, 2015 10:34 AM
Yeah, I'm not sure that my fragile self-esteem could take it.
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