Friday, March 6, 2009

Obama: He's Got What It Takes to Take What You've Got

Hello European Union, goodbye United States.

Goodbye market capitalism, prosperity and freedom, hello socialism.

So, the Obamessiah and his brains trust of People Who Are Smarter Than You Are, are out to flood the market with "stimulus" money, interfere with the running of business -- look what they've done to GM, firing its CEO and leading it into a "bankruptcy" that will not cut out the rot.

These are a bunch of people who are out to increase government share of GDP from 35% under the spendthrift Bush administration to a European 50%. In fast, Obama is using the current crisis as an opportunity to create a level of government intervention never seen before, with interventions in health care, energy and the environment.

Here's my crystal ball, for what it's worth:

Inflation: The U.S. money supply is expanding furiously, what with the stimulus effort. The government seeks to borrow heavily at low interest rates to finance both stimulus and its socialist agenda. But these won't remain low for long: once the economy picks up, inflation is going to roar with levels equal to the 1970's. There will be a collapse of the dollar, with China the big loser, and an effort to remove the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency. Gold will skyrocket.

Energy and Environment: Here comes gas lineups, rationing and $200 oil. Obama will make matters worse with a "cap and trade" CO2 scam, by banning Canadian "dirty" oil from its largest, most secure trading partner, and by attempting to create so-called "green" jobs.

Friday, January 9, 2009

R.I.P. Father Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2008)

Father Richard John Neuhaus, American journalist and author, a Roman Catholic priest, died yesterday, January 8, 2009, suffering from cancer. Fr. Neuhaus contributed actively to American public life: He was a close, unofficial, but influential advisor to President George W. Bush, and promoted conservative and traditional Christian positions against abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, and human cloning. He supported a “Defense of [monogamous, heterosexual] Marriage Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution.

Fr. Neuhaus was born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, a lumber town in the Ottawa Valley 80 miles northwest of Ottawa, and into a family of eight children whose father was an ordained Lutheran minister. In 1960, he also became a Lutheran minister and, having settled in New York and become a U.S. Citizen, became involved in liberal politics. He was active in the civil right movement and had close ties with the Reverend Martin Luther King.

He later abandoned liberal politics, disagreeing with Roe v. Wade.

Fr. Neuhaus converted to Catholicism in 1990, and a year later was ordained a priest within the Archdiocese of New York.

In 1990, he founded FIRST THINGS, “a journal of religion and public policy” which is published ten times a year. The magazine has taken conservative positions on family life and morality, held a strict-constructionist line on the U.S. Supreme Court decisions, endorsed free-market capitalism, and encouraged religious dialogue between Catholic, Protestants and Jews.

His books include The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America (1984), The Catholic Moment: The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World (1987), and Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth (2006).