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Archive for March 22nd, 2010

According to a Washington Post story that ran in the News Journal on Sunday, ACORN may be close to bankruptcy.  It also stated that some of the stronger ACORN chapters are breaking off and operating under different names as ACORN itself may do.  This is understandable given the awful reputation that ACORN has earned.  “The names have been changed to protect the innocent” is what they used to say on Dragnet, but here the guilty are changing their name to protect themselves, but I digress…

I found an unbelievable paragraph in the story that would seem to be directed at readers who had not actually seen the videos of ACORN employees giving advice about how to deal with taxes when running an underage prostitution business and other helpful things.  If you saw the video, it was pretty clear, but this is how it was characterized in the article:

The community organizing group was embarrassed last fall after a video sting that supposedly showed ACORN housing counselors advising two young conservative activists - edited to suggest that they were posing as a pimp and prostitute – how to conceal their criminal business.

Supposedly!, Edited to suggest!!  If you did not see the videos, you might be led to a manufactured conclusion by this reportage.

I went to the Washington Post website to copy and past the quote above but was surprised to see it was different and less misleading:

The community organizing group was embarrassed last fall after a video sting that showed ACORN housing counselors advising two young conservative activists — posing as a pimp and prostitute — how to conceal their criminal business.

Gone is the “supposedly” and “edited” stuff.   The link takes you to a youtube video.

My question is, did the Washington Post take it out or did the News Journal put it in.  Are the WP wire stories different than the ones they publish in their papers?  Just wondering.

It reminds me of another story where US Senator Jim Inhofe, who has been very critical of claims of man made global warming, even calling it a hoax (which it is) was referred to in a WP story that ran in the NJ as a “global warming denier“.  When I went to the WP site I found him referred to as a skeptic which is accurate.  Same sort of thing.  What’s up with this.

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 Like many of my center-right friends, I’m disappointed in the outcome of this morning’s vote on the healthcare bill. 

No matter what happens in the 2010 mid-term elections, it’s difficult to see how key aspects of this bill will ever be done away with.  For example, even if we retake  the Senate, it’s unlikely that we will have a filibuster-proof majority.  And regardless, President Obama is sure to veto any  major overhauls or reforms passed by a Republican Congress during the remainder of his term.   In addition, it is very unlikely that challenges to the Constitutionality of the legislation based on states rights’ arguments rooted in the 10th Amendment will be successful in the courts.

I have long thought that every individual should have access to adequate healthcare; that in our modern world such access amounts to a fundamental right.   And many of us would agree that our healthcare system was in need of reform.

But what passed this morning is not “reform” at all.  It is a power grab.  Real reform would have empowered doctors and patients at the expense of middle-men like healthcare insurance companies and federal bureaucrats.  Real reform would not further advance the depersonalization of healthcare.   Real reform would have involved a devolution of power, not a nationalization.  Real reform would have struck at the regulation, bureaucratization, and litigation that are, in the end, responsible for much of the increase we’ve seen in healthcare costs.    

What we’ve got, instead, is one more piece in the creeping advance of the “dependency agenda” and the federalization of major aspects of the economy.  What we’ve got is a budget-buster that will sink our federal and state governments further into debt and act as yet another break on economic growth and recovery.

So yes, it’s a bad bill, it’s fiscally irresponsible,  and a blow to our future, but… we’d do well to avoid histrionics.   The world did not end; our Republic endures.   Rather than demoralizing us, let this morning’s vote serve as a wake up call.

Let’s keep things in perspective.  The future looked grim in the late ’70’s too, indeed, in many ways much more grim then now.  Soviet power was advancing, our moral authority and faith in ourselves was at its post-Vietnam nadir; our economy was saddled with “stagflation”… and look at the difference Reagan made in turning that around. 
 
So no more mourning for America; we are still the land of hope and opportunity and our present problems only present our generation with another opportunity to demonstrate this to the world.  We need optimists who understand the inherent strength of our nation; not more gloom and doom.  Reagan, after all, was the quintessential conservative optimist.

If you want America to be the same land of freedom and opportunity for future generations that it has been for us, then contribute your time, your talent, and your treasure to support candidates for office here in Delaware and nationally that (a) are electable, and (b) will oppose the creeping advance of “the dependency agenda” and fight for fiscal responsibility and limited gov’t.  

We each have different amounts of those three things; we each have different contributions to make.  Think about what you can do, and do it. And above all else… stand, so that you can be a rallying point amidst the tumult for others willing to work to advance the common good. Stand, and show the world that the best still have conviction.

They passed this bill in the dark of night.   Now, it is our time to show that it is morning in America, once again.

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