The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
Sep
12

Cash for Stupid

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One year later “In short, Washington spent nearly $3 billion to raise the price of mobility for drivers on a budget.” A year later: Cash for Clunkers is even dumber than our wildest imagination could have predicted. Basically, the program took money from a deeply indebted government in a tight credit market in the middle of a severe recession and funneled it to wealthy people who wer... [More]


Sep
09

Wake Up Already

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Threatening words “If we don’t do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” “It could become something very dangerous indeed.” You know what? That’s a threat. When are we going to start calling these things out for what they are? Americans should have had just about enough of... [More]


Sep
07

Come on Gridlock!

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This is an excellent column by Thomas Sowell. He hits two prevalent conventional wisdom myths. First: “No president of the United States can create either a budget deficit or a budget surplus. All spending bills originate in the House of Representatives and all taxes are voted into law by Congress. It seems as though almost everyone is guilty of this misconception at one point or another &... [More]


Sep
06

Happy Labor Day!

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Awesome. “Teamsters Union 988 is holding the grand opening this weekend for its new union hall, which is expected to feature Teamsters President James P. Hoffa. But it has become a sour moment for other labor leaders because the Teamsters didn’t use union construction workers. They were told by the Teamsters that union contractors cost too much.” Lets us pause on this gorgeous la... [More]


Sep
05

Policy Skepticism

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Exactly “Mead, who says that he is a skeptic about climate policy rather than climate science…” This is the best articulation of the position that most of the reasonable skeptics have been trying to articulate since global warming became an issue. It’s not the science that most of us object to, it’s the policy derived from and driving the conclusions to that science.


Sep
01

And Another Thing

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Considering the previous post, there’s another point that should be made. The birther thing and the Muslim thing – as kooky as they are – are conceivable. They could happen in the real world. Sure it’s a stretch to imagine a sitting president successfully hiding this information from the entire world given the vast array of people who would like nothing better than to se... [More]


YAWN Yet it’s one thing not to encourage a rumor and quite another actively to defend Obama. So far, no Republican has offered a full-throated defense of Obama against the Muslim rumors. Republican leaders simply see no political advantage in an issue that may be helping them to undermine Obama and the Democrats ahead of a crucial election. That’s especially the case now, when a signif... [More]


This Newsweek segment is so extraordinarily absurd, it’s going to take two posts to sort through it. Let’s start with Iraq though – since Newsweek’s amnesia seems to be particularly acute on this subject: “…many Americans also remain convinced that Saddam had WMDs, even though inspectors haven’t found any in the seven years since the invasion. Still, as o... [More]


Aug
23

Conservative My Arse

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Loathsome “Ultimately, as a matter of principle, it would not make sense for us to have Ann speak to a conference about ‘taking America back’ when she clearly does not recognize that the ideals to be espoused there simply do not include the radical and very ‘unconservative’ agenda represented by GOProud.” Wrong. I can’t stand these guys. These are people t... [More]


Aug
12

The Daily Gross

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Utilitarianism at its finest. “Given that they are such a small minority in this nation, it is odd that so many of our fellow citizens see them as such a threat. Yes, the 9/11 attacks were horrific, but they were more about optics than actual harm. The economy was already taking a hit before the Twin Towers fell. The reaction of the nation to seeing two major buildings in New York fall on T... [More]