Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama, MoveOn, and Iraq.

Here is the audio of an April 2007 Q&A session on Iraq between members of and Senator Obama. Its salient content: (i) Obama's declaration of the "failure" of the then-recent surge in Iraq, (ii) his insistance that US withdrawl from Iraq begin immediately (to be completed with a year), (iii) advocacy for a multilateral negotiations on the fate of Iraq between Iraqi Sunnis and Shias, Iran, and Syria, and (iv) appreciation and enthusiasm for, the folks that brought you the infamous "General Betray Us" ad.

MoveOn endorsed Mr. Obama for the Presidency of the United States in early 2008 with 70% of its voting membership.

Lest we forget.
Barney Frank's Brave New World.

In an expansive and victorious mood, Congerscritter Frank describes his goals for an undivided government: a 25% spending cut for the DoD (forcing our hand in Iraq), expanded federal support of state spending programs, and higher taxes for The Rich® (from Commentary Magazine).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

An Ignored Story...

has been the explosive growth of the federal budget in non-defense related areas: consider the inflation-adjusted growth in the following catagories in the last eight years (courtesy WSJ):

  • Transportation +22%
  • Community Assistance +91%
  • Education +57%
  • Welfare +30%

Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell's Endorsement.

The endorsement substantially hurts McCain, no doubt, but it was not a surprise. We wonder what Powell thought of Obama's earlier fellow traveling with MoveOn, who called General Petraeus, a brother in arms, "General Betray-Us"?

It's very clear that Obama has been building a firewall between himself and the Far Left organizations that provided early sustinence for his campaign. One wonders if such a wall will be demolished the day after Inauguration.
Founder's Quote for Today.

There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of thepeople by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. - James Madison (speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention,16 June 1788)