“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.” – Calvin Coolidge
Debra J Saunders | Arizona Law Also Happens To Be Good Politics
Critics of Arizona’s tough new immigration law, which makes illegal immigration a state crime, have called supporters of the bill “racist,” “mean-spirited” and “un-American.” Here’s the newsflash: The measure is also good politics, not only in Arizona, but nationally.
Usually after a measure like this has passed, the news media respond with stories about how the measure will hurt the GOP among Latino voters. This time, not so much.
A New York Times/CBS poll found that 51 percent of Americans see the Arizona law as “about right” and 9 percent said it does not go far enough; 36 percent support the measure. Note the poll didn’t ask a phony amorphous question, like whether voters support “immigration reform” — the usual fodder that provides the rationale for said stories.
Bill O’Reilly | Barack Obama’s Money Trail
Just when we thought the socialism accusations against the Obama administration were subsiding, the president himself reignited the debate. Speaking in Illinois about his vision to reform Wall Street excess, Obama put forth: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But part of the American way is you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or … service.”
The tone of the “enough money” comment is interesting because it reflects a core liberal belief: Affluence should be controlled by the federal government primarily through high taxation of the wealthy. Certainly, Barack Obama has embraced that philosophy. He freely admits he supports the redistribution of income in America — that is, taking assets from the rich and recycling them to the not-so-rich through entitlements, such as subsidized health care.