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Shrillary touts message of socialism

But she’s not a socialist, mind you, even if she sounds one. From the AP:

Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it’s time to replace an “on your own” society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

The Democratic senator said what the Bush administration touts as an “ownership society” really is an “on your own” society that has widened the gap between rich and poor.

“I prefer a ‘we’re all in it together’ society,” she said. “I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none.”

That means pairing growth with fairness, she said, to ensure that the middle-class succeeds in the global economy, not just corporate CEOs.

“There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets. But markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed,” she said. “Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.

“We have sent a message to our young people that if you don’t go to college … that you’re thought less of in America.” (Actually, John Kerry sent that message with the “stuck in Iraq” thingy. – Ed.)

I’m wondering: By “special privileges for none”, does she mean “being above the law”? She and her hubby wouldn’t know anything about that, now would they? And by “fairness”, she means “as determined by the imperial federal government”, so you just know it’s truly “fair”, right?

Her assault on and contempt for the rights of the individual are well documented. Yikes. Marx would be proud.

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May 29, 2007 Posted by | economic ignorance, Hillary, socialism | Leave a comment

Chavez seizes opposition TV station

Let the defenders of socialist tinpot Hugo Chavez explain away this (via Hot Air):

The last one in the country, in fact, with a national reach:

[T]he decision not to renew Radio Caracas Television’s broadcast license and replace it at midnight Sunday with a public service station was celebrated in the streets by supporters of Chavez, who watched the new channel’s first transmission on large TV screens. Others launched fireworks and danced to the classic salsa tune “Todo tiene su final” — “Everything Has Its End.”

The mood inside the studios of RCTV — the sole opposition-aligned TV station with nationwide reach — was somber. Disheartened actors and comedians wept and embraced in the final minutes on the air.

Founded in 1953, RCTV had broadcast a mix of talk shows, sports, soap operas and the popular comedy program “Radio Rochela,” which poked fun at presidents — including Chavez — for decades. RCTV was regularly the top channel in viewer ratings, but Chavez accused the channel of “poisoning” Venezuelans with programming that promotes capitalism.

Gateway Pundit has photos of the reaction from Chavez’s opponents. The tanks have allegedly been sent in.

How sad it is that the left can never acknowledge the totalitarian tactics of socialists and other leftist “leaders” of the world. This is beginning to look like Cuba redux circa 1959.

Neal Boortz sees a disturbing pattern here:

Jealousy is an ugly thing. And jealousy is especially ugly when you have freely elected leaders from a country that prides itself on a dedication to freedom and individual liberty being openly jealous of a dictator.

Such is the case with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

Hugo the Horrible has now accomplished in Venezuela what Democrats only wish they could accomplish here at home. He has silenced a broadcast outlet that was critical of his regime. Sunday night Venezuela’s most popular television station went off the air. Why? Because Chavez decided that their broadcast license would not be renewed. Radio Caracas Television was the only TV station in Venezuela that was broadcast nationwide … and Radio Caracas Television was critical of Hugo Chavez.

Are you starting to get the picture here?

Chavez says he is “democratizing” the public’s airways. He also said that this TV station was a threat to his country. Wow! Now doesn’t that sound very much like the things that the left is saying about talk radio in the U.S.?

What Chavez accomplished by edict the left in this country hopes to accomplish through legislation and regulation.

Just be patient, my friends on the left. Your time is coming. The impotent Republicans pose no threat to you in 2008. In the meantime, just sit back and admire your friend Hugo.

We should note that Venezuelans are protesting Chavez’ actions. He’ll tolerate some protests — but let’s hope these people know just how far they can push it. My wife and I were being shown around Caracas many years ago when we noticed some demonstrators. It was quite a spectacle to watch … until the gunfire started. Our guide rushed us into a building to keep us safe.

How soon before Chavez answers these protestors with gunfire?

Hold on another second here. We can’t let this segment go without mentioning that Hugo Chavez is the hero of such great Americans as Cindy Sheehan (see below), Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte and others. Great Americans all. Coming soon, don’t miss Michael Moore’s exciting documentary on the evils of Radio Caracas Television!

May 29, 2007 Posted by | economic ignorance, Fairness Doctrine, Hugo Chavez, socialism | Leave a comment

Kyl gets an earful from his base on criminal alien amnesty bill

Too bad he was re-elected last year, otherwise he might actually listen. From the NY Slimes:

Angry calls poured into Senator Jon Kyl’s office this week by the thousands, expressing outrage beyond anything he said he had witnessed in his 20-year political career. The callers were inflamed by Mr. Kyl’s role in shaping the bipartisan immigration compromise announced May 17, which lawmakers continue to debate.

“Yes, I have learned some new words from some of my constituents,” Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican, said at a news conference on Thursday, drawing titters from those in the room…

The day after the proposal was announced, the eight phone lines at the [state Republican] party headquarters were so jammed that staff members almost decided to close the office.

“Every single line was literally off the hook most of the day,” said Sean McCaffrey, the state party’s executive director. “None of these were happy calls. Truly, from our headquarters to the 15 county parties, the ratio was 100 to zero. Not a single county chairman, not a single legislative district chairman reported having a single call from a grass-roots individual saying, ‘Please pass this immigration bill.’”

No one likes it, but since “compromise” and “bipartisanship” are paramount in the Senate, it will pass anyway.

May 29, 2007 Posted by | illegal immigration | Leave a comment

Fuzzy math

Accounting ignorance is obviously a bipartisan problem. From USA Today:

The federal government recorded a $1.3 trillion loss last year — far more than the official $248 billion deficit — when corporate-style accounting standards are used, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
The loss reflects a continued deterioration in the finances of Social Security and government retirement programs for civil servants and military personnel. The loss — equal to $11,434 per household — is more than Americans paid in income taxes in 2006.

“We’re on an unsustainable path and doing a great disservice to future generations,” says Chris Chocola, a former Republican member of Congress from Indiana and corporate chief executive who is pushing for more accurate federal accounting.

Modern accounting requires that corporations, state governments and local governments count expenses immediately when a transaction occurs, even if the payment will be made later.

The federal government does not follow the rule, so promises for Social Security and Medicare don’t show up when the government reports its financial condition.

Bottom line: Taxpayers are now on the hook for a record $59.1 trillion in liabilities, a 2.3% increase from 2006. That amount is equal to $516,348 for every U.S. household. By comparison, U.S. households owe an average of $112,043 for mortgages, car loans, credit cards and all other debt combined.

I always maintained that the economic “boom” of the 1990’s was an illusion, but the left wanted so badly to give Clinton credit for the economy. Well, there’s no ignoring it anymore: it was an illusion, and despite the economic indicators today that were better than the 90’s (interest rates, unemployment, tax rates, tax receipts, home ownership, etc.), the economic “good times” we see now are also an illusion.

Sometime, some day, the piper has to be paid. Then again, as alleged Republican Rob Simmons put it, our elected officials don’t care because they’ll be dead by then…to hell with the rest of us.

May 29, 2007 Posted by | economic ignorance | Leave a comment

Shehag "steps down" as face of anti-Bush…er, anti-war…movement

I’m not going to link to the Kostards’ web site, but if you go there, you’ll see where Cindy She-hag has a pity party column. Apparently, many on the left have labeled her as an “attention whore” (go figure). Perhaps there’s hope for the left yet.

Part of her “goodbye” screed: “Good-bye America … you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.”

Hey, don’t go away mad…just go away.

May 29, 2007 Posted by | moonbats, Shehag | Leave a comment