Now, I was a math major in college for anyone who didn’t know. I took lots of great classes like Differential Equations and Number Theory. I tell you this just to say that I’m pretty good with numbers and I just laughed when Obama told his advisers to spend 90 days cutting 100 million dollars from the budget. However, Obama is banking on not everyone being great with numbers, so he throws out something to show he’s making cuts hoping nobody really notices.
“Hey, did you hear Obama is gonna cut $100 million from the budget?”
“Yeah, that’s great. He’s my hero.”
Or some such BS. Somehow this guy still has a fairly high approval rating, and I can only assume these people aren’t very good with math. If they were, they would realize what he is doing is going to hurt us for a long time. So anyways, here is a great visualization of what $100 million dollars is to the budget.
Senator Arlen Specter decided today to switch from the Republican to the Democratic party. This doesn’t really surprise me at all. He is not a conservative at all, and he hasn’t really been with the Republicans much recently. (Note that I am not using conservative and Republican as the same, unfortunately.) Anyways, he gave this as his reason for switching:
As the Republican Party has moved farther and farther to the right, I have found myself increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party.
I’d love to know which Republican party he is talking about that has moved farther and farther to the right. I’d love to join that one. The only one I know of currently is barely different from the party he just switched to.
I actually think this is a good thing for the Republicans though. He was going to vote with the Democrats anyways as evidenced by his vote on the pork-laden government stimulus package earlier this year. At least this way everyone sees that the Democrats have their 60 in the Senate and will have to completely own everything that happens from here on out.
Check out what some of our friends have to say about Senator Specter.
Every time I read a new piece of news concerning the Libertarian Party and their actions I get this sick feeling deep down in the pit of my stomach, it’s the feeling of disappointment. If I didn’t know better I would swear the Libertarian Party didn’t take themselves seriously, or perhaps they just don’t wantto succeed.
A small example is that GeekPolitics contacted Andrew Davis, Director of Communications for the Libertarian Party, almost five months ago and Mr. Davis told us that Bill Redpath, the Chairman of the Libertarian Party, wouldn’t mind answering a few questions for us. As of this writing, we have not heard back from Mr. Davis or Chairman Redpath. Perhaps they didn’t find our questions relevant or worth asking (I’ll tack on the questions we asked at the bottom of this post for any Libertarians out there to answer if they’d like - We’d still really like answers to those questions). That is just a small problem, the larger problem are the ’strategic decisions’ of the party at large. It shows a party with no leadership and no chance of survival and personally I think that’s a shame.
Five years ago Portugal decriminalized all illegal drugs when it comes to personal use. This doesn’t make it legal, but rather this makes the personal use of illegal drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Many U.S. states have similar laws concerning the use of marijuana, Ohio would be an example, but none have decriminalized illegal drugs to the extent of Portugal. Portugal’s decriminalization includes such items as: marijuana, heroine, cocaine, methamphetamine and others. Here we are five years later and the libertarian minded think-tank The Cato Institute has released a report detailing the fallout from this law change - and why the results aren’t what many would have expected.
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What we have in North Korea is a rogue nation that refuses to abide by any U.N. resolutions and a U.N. that is completely incapable of enforcing it’s decisions. It was a slap in the world’s face when North Korea announced they’d be exiting six party discussions aimed at convincing them to completely dismantle their nuclear program.
The latest news on North Korea indicates that the Russian Foreign Minister is currently in the country for talks, the subject of which we can only hope will be their nuclear program. Though, it appears that North Korea is further distancing itself from the rest of the world - this is especially visible in their relations with South Korea.
It will be interesting to see how President Obama handles diplomacy with North Korea. Obama is going to face similar situations and decisions as those presented to President George W. Bush during his presidency. Iraq was, and now Iran is also, a rogue nation that laughed and mocked the U.N. at every turn. Bush took a somewhat controversial step and invaded Iraq when he believe Saddam Hussein was developing ‘WMD’s. When it comes to Iran and North Korea we know they are developing nuclear technology and neither Bush nor Obama have said anything to imply that there may be consequences for defying the U.N. and developing these nuclear programs anyway.
Given how low the approval ratings were for Bush’s actions towards Iraq, among conservative and liberals, what is the best course of action for President Obama? What should Obama do: Take a hard line stance similar to Bush’s? Stand by and do nothing? Is there a third option?
There are good and bad consequences from everything that Congress tries to do. Some of them they don’t see coming. In part 1 of the unintended consequences series, I discussed the housing crisis, ethanol subsidies, and tax credits for other alternative fuels. These are just a few of the things that Congress has gotten horribly wrong in the last few years from messing with the free market.
In this part I am going to cover 2 things that Congress is currently considering that are going to have unintended consequences. They think that the benefits will outweigh these consequences, then again that’s what they thought about the Community Reinvestment Act and the alternative fuel tax credits too.