Below The Beltway

I believe in the free speech that liberals used to believe in, the economic freedom that conservatives used to believe in, and the personal freedom that America used to believe in.

Archive for December, 2008

Separation Of Powers 1787-2008

by @ Sunday, December 21st, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Politics, U.S. Constitution

George Will has a great column in today’s Washington Post on the significance of President Bush’s decision to go over Congress’s head and give taxpayer dollars to General Motors and Chrysler:
Congress’s marginalization was brutally underscored when, after lawmakers did not authorize $14 billion for General Motors and Chrysler, the executive branch said, in effect: Congress’s [...]

Obama’s Phony Stimulus Rhetoric

by @ Sunday, December 21st, 2008. Filed under Barack Obama, Economics, Politics

Has anyone else noticed this little bit of rhetorical legerdemain from the Obama camp ?
President-elect Barack Obama has expanded his goals for a massive federal stimulus package to keep pace with the increasingly grim economic outlook, aiming to create or preserve at least 3 million jobs over the next two years.
The more aggressive target, up [...]

Getting In The Holiday Spirit

by @ Saturday, December 20th, 2008. Filed under Holidays, Music

With some help from the always lovely Ms. Diana Krall:

Why The Bush Bailout Won’t Save General Motors From Bankruptcy

by @ Saturday, December 20th, 2008. Filed under Auto Industry, Business, Economics, Politics

The evidence is mounting that General Motors probably can’t escape the fate of an eventual Chapter 11:
Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) — For General Motors Corp., the question is no longer whether it will get a government loan or if Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner will be replaced. It’s whether anything can prevent the largest U.S. automaker [...]

Ron Paul: You Can’t Save Free Enterprise By Destroying It

by @ Saturday, December 20th, 2008. Filed under Auto Industry, Business, Economics, Politics, Ron Paul

Twas’ The Night Before Christmas

by @ Saturday, December 20th, 2008. Filed under Holidays, Humor, Legal

If it was written by a lawyer:
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Legally Speaking
Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a
certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter “the House”) a general
lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to [...]

It’s A Pitiful Life

by @ Saturday, December 20th, 2008. Filed under Holidays, Movies

A different perspective on a holiday television tradition:
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, of living among bitter, small-minded people. It is a story of being trapped, of compromising, of watching others move ahead and [...]

Do We Need A “New New Deal” ? No Way

by @ Saturday, December 20th, 2008. Filed under Credit Crisis, Economics, Politics

For more information about the reality of the New Deal and the Great Depression, check out this UCLA study, and these books; FDR’s Folly, The Roosevelt Myth and Three New Deals.
H/T: Jason Pye

George Bush’s Illegal Auto Bailout

by @ Saturday, December 20th, 2008. Filed under Auto Industry, Business, Economics, George W Bush, Politics, U.S. Constitution

Even Robert Reich, the former Clinton Labor Secretary who supports government aid for the Big Three, believes that George Bush’s decision to give TARP funds to General Motors and Chrysler is illegal and unconstitutional:
I’m among those who think there’s good reason to give the Big Three a $14 billion bridge loan to stave off immediate [...]

Not Going Out On A High Note

by @ Saturday, December 20th, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Politics

President Bush’s legacy tour doesn’t seem to be helping:
It was bad enough for President Bush to have shoes tossed at his head during his farewell journey to Baghdad. Now comes a new poll in which Americans call Bush all sorts of names — some of them a lot worse than “dog.”
In a poll by the [...]

[Below The Beltway is proudly powered by WordPress.]