Dear Readers: Rarely is a line spoken such that people instantly know it will enter the annals of history. For example, many listen to presidential debates — yet, how much of those dialogs do we really remember? Here are some lines that have lived on after the debate was over:
Presidential debate, Oct. 28, 1980: Ronald Reagan — “Ask yourself, ‘Are you better off now than you were four years ago?
Presidential debate, Oct. 7, 1984: Ronald Reagan — “I want you to know also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
Democratic vice-presidential debate, Oct. 5, 1988: Lloyd Bentsen– “I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Listeners of the Massachusetts Senatorial Candidate debate yesterday had the rare treat of hearing, first-hand, such a memorable line. Scott Brown, the Republican candidate who exceed his $500,000 fund-raising goal yesterday by over $500,000, defined the Tea Party movement perfectly yesterday by saying:
(Note: The link above takes you to a great Hillbuzz graphic — well worth the click).
As an additional bonus, debate watchers also heard idiocy on the order of the 1976 Gerald Ford line: “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration.” Democratic candidate Martha Coakley stated that Afghanistan was terrorist free. This must be a surprise to the family members of the 8 CIA agents killed by a Jordanian double agent in…..Afghanistan. Legal Insurrection has more on the walking gaffe that is Martha Coakley.
UPDATE! I am experiencing a bit of schadenfreude; though, to be honest, I looked up the proper spelling before my post yesterday. It seems Martha Coakley’s attack-ad on Brown contains a slight error. You would think that citizens would want their senator to be at least able to spell correctly the name of that state.
Scott Brown’s smooth handling of the inane debate questions shows spunk, independence, and intelligence. These are all too rare, but valuable, qualities to have in a representative. I hope the citizens of Massachusetts vote him in as their representative, for their sake, for my sake, and for the sake of the entire country.
California’s battle to repeal our state’s version of Cap-and-Trade has made some news, too. The Wall Street Journal reports in the California Cap-and-Trade Revolt. A snippet:
Now the jobless rate is 12.3%, 2.25 million Californians are unemployed, and the state government is broke. So Republican Assemblyman Dan Logue has begun collecting signatures for “The Global Warming Solutions Act,” a ballot initiative that would suspend California’s cap-and-trade scheme until the unemployment rate falls below 5.5%. He’s aiming to get it on the November ballot.
No matter what one thinks of climate science, it makes little sense for an individual state to unilaterally impose major new tax and regulatory costs on its own industries. The impact of California’s gesture on global temperatures will be infinitesimal, but the economic impact will make the state even less attractive to start or expand a business.
Assemblyman Logue says the Attorney General’s office will likely approve the initiative petition before January 18th, and they’ll have until June 26th to gather 440-thousand certified signatures to qualify for the November 2010 ballot. Click HERE for more details. Stay tuned for details!
MUT News and Views
W.C. Varones has an eye-popping post that shows the Obama Administration is planning give retirement funds a treatment similar to what it is doing for healthcare reform. Please check it out! A snippet:
Stroll around the web site and you’ll see that the premise is that Americans don’t save enough for retirement and some 401(k) providers are bad. As with health care, any flaw in the system is an excuse for a complete government takeover. So their solutions generally revolve around scrappng 401(k)s and forcibly taking money from your paycheck to put into Treasuries.
Voting Female Speaks has a vision that is similar to my own: Sarah Palin – Scott Brown ticket for 2012? It’s a distinct possibility.
Victor Davis Hanson has a great essay: The Way Our World Works.
Finally — I must agree with The Anchoress: Internet is Evil (she explains why in her post).