"Never let a serious crisis go to waste," said President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, after Obama won the election in November of last year.
"Never confuse motion with action," said Ben Franklin. So far, what we seem to be getting from the Obama administration is a lot of motion, with little real productive action. Or, to put it another way, we're getting much "change" but no real progress.
It's time for a little perspective on President Barack Obama's stimulus bill. Do you have any idea just how much a billion dollars is?
The great philosopher David Hume said, "It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once." It is generally lost about 1 percent at a time - usually through taxes.
So the National Safety Council wants state governments to ban cell phone use, even hands-free cell phones, while driving. I think the NSC should have gone after a far more dangerous practice before taking on cell phones: farding while driving.
"I guess hard times have flushed the chumps; everybody's lookin' for answers," said Ulysses Everett McGill mockingly, as a congregation sang and filed toward the river for baptism in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou."
A holy end, no matter how glorious, can never be vindicated by unholy means. To many Americans the Iraq war was, and is, unnecessary. To some Americans the Iraq war was, and is, unjust. (I happen to believe that it was neither of these, but that is not the point of this column.)
Oh, the irony. With Barack Obama on the ballot, liberals thought they couldn't lose. However, in California things did not go as planned.
In September 2006, while on the verge of the 2006 Congressional midterm elections, Florida U.S. Rep. Mark Foley was caught up in a salacious sex scandal involving lewd e-mails and instant messages with congressional pages that resulted in his resignation.
The surest way for sin to prosper is for a culture to stop calling it sin. Given the rapidly decaying culture in the U.S., I could proceed in a myriad of directions following such a conclusion. However, in America the foremost example of the rotten fruit born of neglected sin is Kermit Gosnell.
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