How bad is the housing market? Can you describe it in real economic terms? Can you quantify the “housing crunch” in historical terms? Is it worse as the President claims? Is it being overblown as many economists claim? Is it simply an “opportunity not being wasted” as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel opined? What is the actual nature of the housing market as it stands today the last day in February in the year of our Lord two thousand nine?
Although I did not watch the President’s speech last night, I was online with a few bloggers watching their running commentary to the speech. I have read excerpts of the speech and I will read it in its entirety later today, but as is the case with most presidential speeches before a joint session of Congress, this president made promises he cannot keep without bankrupting our future:
1. Increase troop levels
2. Cure cancer in “our time”
3. Universal education through college
4. Universal health care
I have received emails from many of you wondering if I and others were not being too hard on the pro-family/pro-life movements. That is a fair question so let me approach it from a fund-raising perspective.
Let’s say I come to all of you with a proposal for a new organization that is “dedicated to the promotion of marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy.” My organization will be at the forefront “valiantly fighting the culture war”, but it will suffer “terrible defeats.” My organization will not be “able to arrest and reverse the moral and cultural slide by protests, lobbying, voting and legislative remedies.”
My fellow Americans, I think it is safe to say that most of you are not completely well-versed in our form of government. If you are under forty years old and went to a public school therein lies most of your problem.
Whenever I have a conversation, aka debate, with a liberal one of the quickest ways to earn his or her ire is to tell said liberal that Democrats not only do not trust Americans to spend our own hard-earned cash, but they also believe the government, Big Government, knows best how to spend your cash.
I hear guffaws and harrumphs from the likes of Alan Colmes, Bob Bechtel, and Susan Estrich that “the old-tired, warn out liberals are trying to steal your money” argument just doesn’t hold water. We are told that the Democrats are the party of the people.
The following is a brilliant and insightful article by Alan Keyes.
Since the election I have been following Dr. Keyes’ writings closely and have rediscovered my great admiration for this man. I voted for him in the 1996 GOP primary. You can read this and many other great articles at his blog “Loyal to Liberty” and I’ve linked it to my blogroll. I decided to publish the article in its entirety but please do visit his site.