We will scan the headlines and the back pages today for your edification….
Per the Democrat Elijah Cummings the IRS scandal is all over because a conservative Republican was responsible for all the targeting and the case is solved and over. He did back off that a bit, but only a bit. But his original assertion and that of fellow Democrats that everything was contained to those low- level folks in Cincinnati runs into one pretty big contrary fact. If it is really true that everything was done by those peons in Ohio and actually just the one guy–then riddle me this Batman–why did Lois Lerner feel the need to plead the Fifth during her Congressional testimony? If that Democratic narrative is true then all the higher level people should have absolutely nothing to fear or hide.
The Nazis in Germany are rightfully vilified for their actions during the War. One can reasonably wonder though why some of the same moral outrage isn’t directed at their allies during the War. For example when Germany invaded Russia in June 1941, the Finns quickly joined into the fray as allies with the Germans and attacked toward Leningrad. They understandably wanted payback for the unpr0voked attack of the Russians in the fall of 1939 into their country. Indeed the Finnish forces helped complete the encirclement of that city which lasted for over two years and cause the death there of more civilians through starvation than all the losses of both Britain and the US during the entire War. Likewise many aren’t even aware of the armies supplied to support the German crusade against the Soviets from Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and the hundreds of thousands of Russians who all gladly joined the Germans to fight against the Commies. It is always best to know some true history or you will be intellectually trapped into knowing only “headline” history or the headings in the Chapters of your World History book. That will give you a distorted picture of your world today.
Noticed the report just this last week that in spite of that pathetic photo in Al Gore’s book and movie that there are more Polar Bears today than in the last 40 years.
The peach crop was pretty meager this year. Don’t know why but the crop does vary from year to year even when the weather and other conditions remain pretty constant. But the ones we did pick were juicy and delicious as ever. Let my 10-year old grandsons help me pick them this year.
Always interesting to note that your Federal government can do things that people in the private world would go to jail for doing. I mean the Fed is literally cornering the market on the US Treasuries buying up 75% of all the new issues for the last couple of years. At the same time is it manipulating the interest rates for all banks and mortgage companies. Can you imagine the outcry if JP Morgan was buying up 75% of all US Treasuries? The Fed is also in clear violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act because it is definitely restricting trade in financial markets.
Recall last year when several Democrats floated the idea of simply printing a trillion dollar platinum coin and using it to pay down the national debt. As predicted here earlier you will see at some point as the debt ceiling debate heats up again that the Fed should simply legally forgive a trillion or two of the US Treasuries held by the Fed. Again that would magically reduce the national debt. We would all have the free lunch and Democrats love those free lunches. I can’t find any statutory injunction that would prevent such an action. Forgiveness of debt and a release by a lender is well-established law and could be done. The Lender doesn’t have to offer any reason for the forgiveness. Of course that could mean the Fed would have less money to pay over to the Treasury Department and Lord only knows what the domestic and international markets would think of such an action. It wouldn’t be favorable. It would be like pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz.
The IRS scandal has caused so many pundits and commentators to make comparisons to the Nixon era and his alleged abuse of government. He was a tough politician in the same mold as Roosevelt and LBJ, no different. Some of the comments are so far from the truth it makes me cringe. I didn’t care for Nixon on many issues such as he embrace of pretty big government but darn these people can’t get any of their facts correct. Most of them weren’t even around during Watergate and darn sure haven’t done any real research of the facts. They are simply spewing out the headline story from the era. I have personally read the Watergate tapes. Please don’t form any opinions of Watergate until you have read them yourself. Also I watched every minute of those hearings into Watergate. The tapes do NOT reveal Nixon ever proposing or demanding anything remotely criminal. Read them for yourself. The secret Oval Office taping went all the way back to Roosevelt and LBJ. Indeed the system used by Nixon was merely a continuation of that utilized by LBJ. Yes, Nixon and his cohorts discussed lots of things mostly of a purely political nature to minimize the p0litical damage from the break in. But unsavory conversation is not criminal. Nixon was understandably ticked off that the break in had occurred; he was doing well and on his way to re-election and the whole thing was a terrible distraction from what he wanted to concentrate on doing. This is not an apologia for Nixon but I abhor historical distortion. You need to know facts to reach your own determination of culpability or moral turpitude.
Which modern American party adheres most closely to the following tenets of K. Marx? 1 Abolition of property in land….2. a heavy progressive or graduated income tax. 3. Abolition of all right of inheritance. 5. centralization of credit in the hands of the state. 6. centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state. http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com