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Over 18,000 Attend Protest Event in Cinncinnati

September 5, 2009

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An estimated 18,000 attend event at Voice of America Park in West Cherster Twp

Some were clad in colonial-era costumes. Some hoisted signs or waved American flags. But the thousands who filled the lawn in front of the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5, were consistent in their passionate plea for change.

Whether it was health care reform, a country at war, education, government bailouts, the national debt or Congressional term limits, it was the issues — not politicians — that took center stage at the rally hosted by the Cincinnati Tea Party.

The crowd continued to grow throughout the afternoon, and an estimated 18,000 people had come together at the event’s peak, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

Jones said the crowd Saturday nearly doubled that of the Tea Party’s event he witnessed in Columbus, which drew an estimated 10,000 people to the state’s capital in April.

Saturday’s rally drew people from all over the region, many to view the day’s highly anticipated town hall-style forum featuring U.S. Reps. Jean Schmidt and Michael Turner, Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp.

“It was college football’s opening day, and we were looking at some serious competition,” said Chris Littleton, director of the Tea Party’s Community Groups, which include West Chester and Liberty townships, Monroe and Fairfield. “These people came out to talk about their personal liberties being taken away instead. That’s crazy. It’s bizarre.

“People are engaged and (the movement) is going to continue to gather steam and momentum,” Littleton said. “People are engaged and saying, ‘I’m going to make my voice heard, I’m going to be politically active.’”

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Afghanistan Surge

January 27, 2009

Biden warns of higher US death toll Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden says the nation should expect more U.S. military casualties as the Obama administration plans to send additional troops to Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials say they plan to send up to 30,000 additional troops to the Afghan war, where the Taliban is resurgent and violence has been on the rise. The request for more troops from military commanders was endorsed by the Bush administration and has been favored by the Obama government, too.

Biden said Sunday that additional U.S. forces will be engaging the enemy more. Asked if that means the U.S. public should expect more American casualties, the vice president said: “I hate to say it, but yes, I think there will be. There will be an uptick.”

Biden spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090125/ap_on_go_pr_wh/biden_afghanistan_1

It will be interesting to watch all the liberals who so loudly criticized George W. Bush’s “troop surge” in Iraq defending and applauding Obama’s “troop surge” in Afghanistan.

“Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss…”

Lew Rockwell – How This Happened

January 19, 2009

How This Happened

For years, many of us puzzled about how something so stupid and destructive as the New Deal could have happened. The stock market crashed because it was over-inflated. That’s nothing new. History is filled with credit-filled bubbles that pop. Resources are reallocated to reflect economic reality and we move on.

The New Deal was different. It actually began under Hoover, who initiated new spending programs and jobs programs, and tried to inflate the money supply and bail out the banks. He was blasted by FDR for his big government policies, and FDR won the election. Once in power, FDR went nuts, instituting a program of central planning that combined features of the Soviet and Fascist models.

It was one idiotic program after another. They tried to raise wages when they should have fallen. They tried to save banks that should have collapsed. They destroyed resources when they were most needed. They encouraged spending when people should have been saving. They smashed the dollar at a time when it needed to be shored up. They cartelized business when competition was most necessary.

What were the results? Economic growth went nowhere between 1933 and 1939, with real gross domestic product per adult still 27 percent below trend at the end. Per capita GDP was lower in 1939 than in 1929. Unemployment was at 17.2 percent in 1939. This was actually higher than it was in 1931. This is despite 100 percent increases in monetary expansion. Taxes had tripled. Employing people became ever more expensive due to unions and national income guarantees.

Every time the economy would bottom out and genuine recovery would begin, policy would knock it back down again. Other seeming upturns were entirely artificial: make work instead of real work, for example. Regimentation was everywhere, so that business couldn’t compete, farmers were destroying livestock and crops on command, and dissidents were being ferreted out through police-state tactics.

In other words, the whole project was a massive dud. It turned what might have been a short downturn into a decade-long national calamity, the biggest cost of which was freedom itself. And then as a cover-up for the calamity, there was war. At last FDR found some use for those unemployed workers: send them to kill and be killed at taxpayer expense. As for wartime price controls and nationalization, it was the New Deal by other means.

(For a full account, with all the detail, in scintillating prose, see Flynn’s Roosevelt Myth.)

Was it some sort of national insanity?

No, it was a power grab, and the current political moment shows precisely how this happens. A small group of elites, cut off from the broader reality, decide to finagle the system to serve themselves and their friends in the short term while forgetting the big picture and the long term. Sensible people try to point out obvious facts but their voices are drowned out.

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Obamanomics

January 19, 2009

President-elect Obama recently stated that Congress must “act boldly and act now” to fix the economic crisis. Perhaps Mr. Obama needs to be reminded about some of the disasterous legislation that has been passed by Congress acting boldly and swiftly – Patriot Act, Iraq War, Patriot Act II, Big Bailout I – are just a few examples that come to mind.

Yet Mr. Obama insists that the financial markets need “a substantial overhaul” , and naturally, his administration will know just what to do. After all, “only government” can provide the solution to our economic crisis according to Mr. Obama.

It gets even more worrisome when Vice-President-elect Biden basically calls for a “war” on the economy. This should be good. If the Obama administration’s plans work as well as the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, we may be in for even harder times than I’ve been anticipating.

But it gets worse. The latest bit of news I’ve heard concerning Obamanomics is undisguised socialism. Yesterday, Reuters reported that the Obama administration is considering creating a government-run bank.

I keep hoping I’ll hear the “Twilight Zone” theme music soon. Please.

Thirteen O’Clock News Brief

November 29, 2008

Things that caught my attention today…

The government commitment of “rescue funds” in various forms is $8.5 Trillion.  SFGate.com has it all broken down here.

AntiWar.com’s Justin Raimondo connects the dots between The Bailout, the Media, and the War Party. Pravda had nothing on American corporate media.

Richard Rahn’s commentary in the Washington Times asks, The Fed: Solution or problem? No brainer, really, but nice to hear new voices shining a bit of light on the truth.

SecDef calls for Congress to mandate that Guard, Reserves have lead in DoD ops in the homeland. Excuse me, where again? It’s tempting to dismiss doomsday scenarios as just so much negativity… until you see the government itself moving its pieces into position.

When warhawk and guest speaker at the Republic National Convention 2008, Joe Lieberman says “Everything that President-elect Obama has done since election night has been just about perfect…“, it is most certainly well into the thirteen o’clock hour.