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Words from the President on Iran’s Unrest

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With Iran in the middle of widespread unrest, I think it is important to look at what our President has said on the issue.

“All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.
Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.
“The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.”
“The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust them. Start on this journey of progress and justice, and America will walk at your side.”
Those are some powerful sentiments, and statements.  This is the kind of thing that the defrauded voters in Iran need to hear from us, and badly.
The quote above is from George W. Bush in his second inaugural address.
Obama hasn’t been so supportive of freedom in this case.  I guess that’s the difference between a President who has the balls to do and say what he thinks is right, rather than what will make him look good on TV.

Stimulate Me – How Obama Could Win the Economic War

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Now that we’re starting to get an idea of what President Obama’s economic knowledge is like, it’s starting to get a little worrisome. Taxpayer money is being thrown at hundreds of projects, like museums, sidewalks, libraries, and a trolley in Puerto Rico.  Pushes for more “green energy” projects will do more to raise energy costs, which tends to hurt the economy as that cost is reflected in the price of milk and bread.  Even Obama’s so-called tax cut is designed to cause hardship, as taxes aren’t being cut.  When your income tax withholding is reduced, but the actual tax rates are not adjusted, it isn’t a tax cut at all.  It’s a deferred payment, because you’ll either have to pay the money back in April 2010, or have your refund reduced.

So … is there a stimulus plan that could work?  Is there an idea that could put an immediate cash infusion into the American economy?  Could we, with one or two quick decisions, take action to put our economy on the fast-track again, while costing no more than the estimated one to three-and-a-half trillion dollars that Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress have allocated so far?

Yes.

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How to Save the US Auto Industry

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As the arguments have gone on about how to bail out the US auto industry, I’ve thought a lot about it myself.I believe that the US auto industry can be saved with some rather simple steps.  Primarily, these include such common-sense things as un-crippling the automakers, reforming the automotive market, and trying some innovative experimental tax reform.

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You Should Read – “Why Liberals Hate Us”

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Great post over on Pink Elephant Pundit about Why Liberals Hate Conservatives. It’s a well-considered presentation of differences between left and right, and why the left is so often driven to hate-speech when speaking of conservatives. As a former liberal who decided hate wasn’t a good enough reason to choose a political stance, this post appealed to me. Good read. Head on over and check it out.

Advice for President-Elect Obama – Make Promises; Lots of them

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As self-appointed advisor to President-Elect Obama, I am duty-bound to offer advice as I have it, on how to succeed in the office of president.  Since I’m not tied to any particular field of work, I don’t have to limit my advice to economic, international, or domestic issues.  Instead, I offer my advice for success of the man in the office itself.  Today’s advice: Promise something to someone every single day you can.

When I look back through history at Democrat Presidents, the greatest personal successes came from those who promised a lot.  Promises are an important tool in the Democrat arsenal, and one that you haven’t used to great effect so far.

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Advice for President-Elect Obama: Take Credit for Everything

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In my new role as advisor to President-Elect Barack Obama, it is my duty to provide the best advice I can.  The goal of this advice is to elevate the new President and the Democrat Party.  I really wish my advice could be for the betterment of the United States and their citicens, but too often those two goals are mutually exclusive.

Today’s advice is this.  Take credit for anything good that happens during your presidency.  Add to that the following corollary.  Give blame for anything bad to George Bush and the Republicans.

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