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Lost in the Trees

Posted by on Apr 17, 2009 in CIA, Conservatism, DOJ, Obama, War on Terror, William Kristol | 0 comments

I am puzzled by the Obama administration’s somewhat schizophrenic approach to foreign policy.  In Europe the President apologized profusely for what he deemed to be sins of the past.  However, here in America, Obama’s Justice Department is seeking to reinforce the Government’s ability to wiretap those deemed dangerous.  Now we have the Administration’s Director of National Intelligence telling us we are now safe in a sunny April, 2009.

I attach a link to the brief filed by the Department of Justice regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to allow you to draw your own conclusion regarding the wire tap authority.
William Kristol wrote a great article on these issues:
Please Mr. President, find a path through the woods of foreign policy that provide a clear and consistent path for America to take.  Inconsistent approaches and acknowledgements of the War on Terror do not serve our best interests to keep America safe and WIN the War on Terror.
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Tea, Anyone?

Posted by on Apr 16, 2009 in Conservatism, Freedom, Obama, Socialism, Taxes, Tea Party | 0 comments

I witnessed the many images of real Americans protesting the current fiscal irresponsibility of our government.  The “Tea Parties” displayed a wonderful array of people concerned about the economic futures of themselves and their children.  What a great testament in opposition to those who say Americans do not really care about current events and fiscal matters!

Although I have not yet decided as to whether I support the Tea Party movement, I think if it remains true to its causes, it is probably a good thing.  I credit the Obama administration for taking action to tackle the recession and the financial mess on Wall Street.  But I think that the Tea Party movement which brings to light how America has been fleeced by both parties via bailouts is a great wake up call to Washington.  It is a great reminder to those in power that America believes in BOTH personal and financial freedoms; and that America cares about the future of its children.  We especially do not want to see our children excessively taxed to pay for bailouts caused by greed.
Some regulation of the residential mortgage industry is needed to avoid another housing bubble.  Additional regulation is probably needed to prevent our banks from creating other unsustainable asset bubbles.  But let us avoid having the government’s foot in the doors of our banks and businesses.  History has proven that private ownership of the means of production has brought greater wealth to the world than socialism.  While there will always be bumps in the roads of financial markets, we need those financial markets to be free from as much government intervention as possible.  So please tell your representatives to avoid over-reacting to a temporary circumstance.
  
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