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Alice and I love our life on the Northern California coast and welcome friends and family to enjoy it with us.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Kerry Sticks Foot in Mouth Again


At a Los Angeles campaign event, John Kerry offered the following pearl of Democrat wisdom:

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Or you get stuck as the junior senator from Massachusetts.

This is the person the Left wanted to be President. Little wonder the military, including retired military such as myself, have no trust in Democrat leadership. Kerry’s supporters, of course, don’t see anything wrong with his statement. When John McCain and other active and retired military call for John Kerry to apologize, Democrats say: “Apologize for what? Everyone knows only losers go into the military.”

A similar sentiment was reflected a short while ago in a letter to the ICO, but at least its condescending tone reflected only the attitude of a private citizen, not of an erstwhile leader of the country.

I apologize to the fine men and women who serve in our military, such as my oldest son Bruce, who served in Iraq and is career Army. I don’t apologize for John Kerry. Being a Senator from the same state that reelected Ted Kennedy for four decades, he can’t help himself. I apologize for all my fellow citizens who lack the courage and decency to tell arrogant John Kerry to apologize and then shut up.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Economic Hypochondria


Democrats would lead us to believe that the economy of the United States is terrible, and that we need a big dose of “Demonomics” to fix it. The Demonomics prescription, of course, would increase taxes and government regulations, add protectionism for American jobs and workers, institute national health care, and increase government bureaucracy. Why does our economy need such demonic intervention?

According to John Kerry in 2004, it was the "Worst economy since Herbert Hoover." However, growth in gross domestic product in 2004 was 3.9 percent. John must have confused our economy with the anemic economies of Europe. Economic anemia caused by national healthcare, high taxes, excessive government regulation, and rampant welfare state-ism.

Nancy Pelosi vows that Democrats want to “jump start” the economy.

Nancy, President Bush already did that with his 2003 tax cuts which got us out of the Clinton/Gore Recession of 2000. Since the Bush tax cuts went into effect in 2003, the economy's growth rate (3.5 percent) has been better than the average for the 1980s (3.1) and 1990s (3.3).

Today's unemployment rate (4.6 percent) is lower than the average for the 1990s (5.8) -- lower, in fact, than the average for the past 40 years (6.0). Nancy, only an idiot or Democrat leader would try to jump start an engine running at full power.

Quoting columnist George Will: “President Bush's tax cuts were supposed to cause a cataract of red ink. In fiscal 2006, however, federal revenue as a share of GDP was 18.4 percent, slightly above the post-1962 average of 18.2. And the federal budget deficit was $247.7 billion, just 1.9 percent of the $13.1 trillion GDP. That is below the average for the 1970s (2.1), 1980s (3.0) and 1990s (2.2).”

All statistics used above are from George Will’s column.


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Remedial Reading Candidate


"I'm certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled 'Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States' he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team."

So said Hillary Clinton, and it was front page news with photo in the Chronicle (9/27/06).

I guess that means Senator Clinton hasn’t read the "Report of the Joint Inquiry into the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001," which was jointly published by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in December 2002.

Perhaps she should have asked Senator Feinstein, one of the seven Democrat members of the committee, what they said. Had she read it, she would have found that in 1998 her Bill had signed a classified document that disclosed: "The Intelligence Community has strong indications that Bin Laden intends to conduct or sponsor attacks inside the United States."

Thanks to the Internet, it is child’s play to find numerous other intelligence warnings to President Clinton about Bin Laden’s intentions to attack the United States. Maybe it depends on what your definition of “attack” is.

"Attack?" said Bill Clinton. "Which one? The blonde or the redhead?"