Issue CLXXXVII

February 20, 2009

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Culture
Education or Edjukashun?:
Alan Caruba

February 20, 2009
Alan Caruba believes there are two great threats facing America today. One is the vast ignorance of our history and of the way we govern ourselves, and the other is the growing numbers of functionally illiterate Americans.

Economics
Stupid Answers to Serious Issues:
Alan Caruba

February 20, 2009
Unfortunately, we are afflicted by too many stupid answers to very real issues and needs, the most fundamental of which is energy. At the very heart of our society and economy is the dependence upon and need for uninterrupted and increased energy, primarily electricity. Alan Caruba believes the answers we have been hearing are the worst possible. Over and over again we are told that the U.S. must become more dependent on “alternative, clean” energy, meaning solar and wind energy. These represent about 1% of all the energy the nation consumes at present. Neither comes close to the energy produced by coal, which represents over 50% of all the electricity we consume daily. Nuclear produces an additional 20%.

Cures for Our Economic Disease:

Ron Paul

February 20, 2009
Rep. Ron Paul argues that just as the best cure for a hangover is not to drink so much, the best cure for a recession is a recession. It is time to sober up and return to free-market sanity, risk and reward, supply and demand, without political intervention. Politicians are good at catering to the needs of special interests, but very bad at determining what needs to take place in the market. Government should stick to punishing fraud and enforcing contracts.

Stimulus for Whom?:
Ron Paul

February 20, 2009
Two weeks ago the House is expected to passed a $787 billion economic stimulus package. In reality, this bill is just an escalation of a government-created economic mess. As before, a sense of urgency and impending doom is being used to extract mountains of money from Congress with minimal debate. So much for change. This is déjà vu. We are again being promised that its passage will help employment, help homeowners, help the environment, etc. These promises are worthless. This time around especially, Congress should know better than to pass anything of this magnitude without first reading the fine print. There are many red flags that Ron Paul has found in this bill.

History
Darwin at 200: A Liberator:
Edward Hudgins

February 20, 2009
Dr. Edward Hudgins writes that Charles Darwin deserves recognition on the bicentennial of his birth for his own form of Emancipation Proclamation. Darwin’s Origin of Species was published in 1859 and set forth the thesis that the various kinds of living organisms were not fixed and eternal but, rather, evolved from other, often less complex organisms over millions of years. In the century and a half that followed, this discovery has had a truly liberating effect on humanity.

Music
The Watcher on the Shore:
Rodney Rawlings

February 20, 2009
This latest composition by Rodney Rawlings combines a rhythmic, at times dynamic, melody with intriguing multi-instrumental accompaniment.

Politics
Freedom From Government:
Ron Paul

February 20, 2009
President Obama signed an executive order last week continuing the faith-based initiatives program created by former President Bush. When the program was created, Ron Paul warned that giving taxpayer money to private religious organizations would eventually lead to political control and manipulation of them. This week has provided some evidence that this was a justified concern.

Why the UN is Worthless to Human Existence:
Tom DeWeese

February 20, 2009
Africa has more natural resources than the United States. Yet its people wallow in poverty and a horrible existence, not because the land doesn’t provide for them, but because of bad governments.Case in point is Zimbabwe which, by all accounts, should be the richest of all African nations. It was once called the breadbasket of Africa because of its rich soil and prosperous farmers. Today, under the brutal, unending dictatorship of insane ruler Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe sits in ruins. Tom DeWeese writes that the United Nations' inability and unwillingness to do anything about this situation illustrates how utterly worthless and morally bankrupt this organization is.

President and Congress Grovel Before the Fed:
Chuck Baldwin

February 20, 2009
Ever since the Fed was created in 1913, America has been subjected to recession after recession, not to mention one Great Depression. Some are even predicting that the United States is now actually entering a second Great Depression. Chuck Baldwin believes that the Federal Reserve has manipulated every bit of this financial crisis for the express purpose of enriching bankers on the backs (and bankruptcies) of the American taxpayers. And what does our illustrious Congress do? They continue to give billions and even trillions of taxpayer dollars to the very same group of gangsters who created and perpetuate this financial fraud.

On Reinstating the Draft:
Ron Paul

February 20, 2009
Much has been made by the new administration of the idea of national service and volunteerism. While service to one’s community is certainly admirable, it is not the federal government’s place to “encourage” or promote volunteerism. Moreover, writes Ron Paul, there are troubling signs that national service could transition from voluntary to mandatory, or de facto mandatory, such as the requirement of service in order to be granted a diploma, or something along those lines.

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