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Senator Debbie Stabenow favors silencing Conservative dissent…because she knows liberalism is an inferior philosophy and it can not withstand scrutiny

Posted by Liberty on February 6, 2009

Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine

Michael Calderone’s Blog on The Politico has a brief summary of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow’s conversation on Bill Press’s radio show.  Press asks Senator Stabenow if it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.  Here is her response:

“I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.”

I was under the impression that Senators take some kind of oath about protecting the Constitution.  This woman clearly has no understanding of the real intent of the First Amendment.  It specifically protects political speech, even political speech that the Democratic majority finds offensive.  The Fairness Doctrine was morally wrong and unconstitutional when it was first imposed and it would be morally wrong and unconstitutional today.  The ability to speak freely in the arena of political debate is fundamental to America.  American political writers like Thomas Paine and Samuel Adams fueled the Revolution by informing and energizing the masses.  Today, Conservatives count on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram and others on talk radio to perform the same Constitutionally-protected function.

I have always found it interesting that liberals that push for the Fairness Doctrine only target talk radio, which is largely Conservative.  Senator Stabenow, will your “standards” and “accountability” version of the Fairness Doctrine also apply to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The Seattle Times and other newspapers?  What about Time, People, US Weekly, Newsweek, Vanity Fair…do I need to go on?  What about network news on ABC, NBC, CBS?  Where in the hell is the fairness on those networks?  How about cable news on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, etc?  Are you going to require the Daily Kos to also publish Ann Coulter?  Mark Steyn on Huffington Post?  Don’t you see the hypocrisy in targeting only one type of media…the one type of media that is known for political views that you don’t like? 

Michael Calderone also points out one tiny little conflict of interest that Senator Stabenow has on this subject.  Stabenow is the wife of Tom Athans, who is a liberal talk radio executive.  Liberal talk radio is a colossal failure–perhaps Stabenow is still a little bitter.  Oh, and didn’t Hillary Clinton talk at some point during the Bush administration about how dissent and disagreement is patriotic?  Don’t be unpatriotic, Senator Stabenow!

Even intellectually honest liberals should admit that granting the government the right to shut down political dissent is a dangerous thing.  If you’d like to contact Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, her direct phone number is 202-224-4822.  E-mail at http://stabenow.senate.gov/.

Unfortunately, she’s not the only Senator with censorship on her agenda.  The main Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  The main House switchboard number is 202-225-3121.

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A quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on February 4, 2009

“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

Ronald Reagan

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We’re all excited about the first African-American…RNC chair?

Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009

I’ve been hearing joyful news-bites this morning about Eric Holder’s confirmation as the first African-American Attorney General.  It reminded me of something good that happened on Friday that didn’t get much play in the MSM.  Michael Steele was voted in as the new chair of the Republican National Committee.  And yes, he is an African-American.  That said, it is my opinion that the substance of a person is so much more important than style.  Character, principles and the capacity to lead are the criteria by which we should choose our leaders, not race and general “coolness.”

Michael Steele possesses the qualifications and the vision to lead the GOP back to the top.  He understands the importance of articulating a clear message of Conservatism.  Check out the RNC website for his “Blueprint for Tomorrow.”  That’s our guiding plan, guys.   He stresses the importance of leading with integrity, clearly defining the difference between Republicans and Democrats and upgrading our strategies to compete in the modern political arena.  I have to tell you, I’m optimistic about Michael Steele.  I have every hope that he will be a leader for Conservatives, not just party hacks.

Blueprint for Tomorrow

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Don’t like pork? Have you contacted your Senators yet?

Posted by Liberty on February 2, 2009

I just sent a quick e-mail to Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to ask them not to support the pork-laden stimulus plan.  Your senators need to hear from you, too!  It only takes a minute to tap out a brief, polite message to let them know what you think about their plans for your tax dollars.  [But not Tom Daschle’s or Tim Geithner’s.] 

Contact your senator!

Even if you’re stuck with total liberal Democrats for senators like us in Washington State, it’s still important to speak out.  Don’t think that I don’t know that it’s probably futile to ask Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray for a tax cut but Conservatives have a responsibility to be the voice of the loyal opposition.  Even when we’re down and out, we can not fall silent.

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What?!

Posted by Liberty on January 30, 2009

McCain: I don’t see any GOP votes for the stimulus in the Senate

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Let’s recognize what happened here…the Republicans in the House showed resolve!

Posted by Liberty on January 29, 2009

The House of Representatives voted on the pork-laden stimulus plan yesterday evening.  The final tally showed the bill passing with 244 votes in favor and 188 against.  Not one single Republican voted to support the stimulus plan. 

I want to take this opportunity to recognize the Republicans in the House of Representatives.  Thanks guys!  Thank you for standing firm against this awful bill!  I know it still passed and socialism is on the march but at least House Republicans bear no responsibility on this one!

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on January 29, 2009

“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”

John Adams 

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The crisis mentality may be our downfall…

Posted by Liberty on January 28, 2009

Senator Warns White House Will ‘Create Crisis’ and ‘Panic’ to Push Stimulus

Senator Jim DeMint, Republican from South Carolina spoke at the Heritage Foundation on January 27 about the Obama stimulus plan and the previous bailouts that have been forced through Congress.

“I’ve been around long enough to know whenever someone tells me I have to make a decision right now, my response is no,” DeMint said. “That clears it up right away and I think more and more the Bush administration and now this administration knows that they’re not going to get a quick reaction out of Congress unless they create crisis and widespread panic. And that’s going to be their M.O. to get Congress to act.”

I believe there’s a vote on the stimulus plan today…it may not be too late to give your legislator’s office in D.C. a call.

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The tolerant, open-minded Left attacks Rush Limbaugh

Posted by Liberty on January 28, 2009

Democrats Start Petition Against Rush Limbaugh

What is constitutionally protected free speech?  If you’re a liberal, it means calling former President George W. Bush “Hitler”…or worse.  It means calling Sarah Palin a “bimbo”…or worse.  It is wearing a t-shirt that says “Bong Hits for Jesus.”  It is pseudo art exhibits like crucifixes suspended in jars of urine or throwing shoes covered in red paint at a giant picture of former President Bush.  Free speech is for Jon Stewart, Al Franken, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann…not for Rush Limbaugh.  Free speech is for the Dixie Chicks and every Hollywood twit who has yet to figure out that nobody cares what they think…just so long as they look pretty.  And saying anything negative about the messiah, Barack Obama?  That is crossing the line!

“If you had any questions remaining about the war liberals have launched to end conservative talk radio they should be answered by a petition the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began ‘to show Rush Limbaugh and all of the Republicans what they’re up against if they start attacking President Obama.'”

That’s right…the tolerant, open-minded, free speech crusaders who will defend damn near anything [as long as it is offensive, crude and anti-Republican] are gunning for Rush Limbaugh.  Rush had the audacity to say that he hopes Obama fails.  And I agree with him.  Obama’s policies are counter to the principles that America was founded upon and will have disastrous effects upon our economy and our society as a whole.  Rush has the right to say things like this just as we all do. 

But the Left aren’t content to just live and let live as far as free speech is concerned.  They are going to be pushing hard for the Fairness Doctrine because they want to shut Rush down.  The Fairness Doctrine won’t apply to print media, network tv news, cable tv news or any of the other places that the Left dominates our culture.  It will just muzzle Conservative talk radio.  That’s fair, right?  Of course it’s not fair and the liberal hypocrites know it…they just lack the intellectual honesty to admit it.

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Your daily dose of perspective

Posted by Liberty on January 24, 2009

This comes to us courtesy of Dr. Mark Perry of Carpe Diem.  If you haven’t looked at Carpe Diem yet, I couldn’t recommend it more highly. 

Time Magazine Cover Story: Why We’re So Gloomy

I have to admit that the two editorials by Dick Morris did leave me gloomy.  So, when I ran across this posting, I had to link to it.  Here’s a quick quote:

“Well, why are Americans so gloomy, fearful and even panicked about the current economic slump?

In one of history’s most painful paradoxes, U.S. consumers seem suddenly disillusioned with the American Dream of rising prosperity even as capitalism and democracy have consigned the Soviet Union to history’s trash heap. Hard times are forcing some people to turn their back on the American Dream.”

The question is, which economic slump is this article about?  I’m not going to spoil it for you–click on through to Professor Perry’s blog to find out.

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Apocalypse now?

Posted by Liberty on January 24, 2009

In the days since Obama was elected, I’ve been trying to find reasons for Conservatives to stay positive.  That has not been easy.  Conservatives know what the GOP needs to do to win elections but they haven’t been listening.  The GOP has been ignoring their largest voting bloc in favor of chasing elusive groups like Independents, Hispanics, Walmart voters, etc.  Maybe somewhere in the US today, there are Republicans starting to do the right thing.  Maybe somewhere there is a groundswell of Conservatism growing.  Unfortunately, living in the deep blue state of Washington–behind the Iron Curtain, so to speak,–I’m not seeing it.  I hope it really is happening and that we have strong Conservatives candidates ready to take on the libs with guns blazing in time for the midterm elections. 

A conversation that I had last night further pushed me into a state of worry.  It’s hard to know how bad the economic picture under the bad policies of Obama and the radical liberal Democrats in Congress.  But, it will be bad.  We are headed for some hard times–probably harder than anything my generation has ever seen.  I got some good advice last night and I’d like to pass it along.  Get rid of debt.  Don’t take on new debt.  Watch for the stock market to rise briefly in an “Obama rally” and try to salvage some of the principle that you have in the market.  And then, hoard some cash, just in case. 

I don’t like the thought that the economy is going to head even further south.  This kind of negativity is just the opposite of the thought process I’ve been trying to cultivate.  But, we have to be honest.  I have it on good authority that the banking crisis is not over yet, not by a long shot.  And I also firmly believe that Obama’s Socialist policies will push us further into trouble.  So tighten up the budget, kill your debt, put some cold hard cash in a safe spot and take care.  It’s going to get worse before it gets better but we’ll survive just fine.

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on January 23, 2009

“Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty”

Samuel Adams

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Liberal hypocrisy and an inauguration speech: Ann Coulter’s view

Posted by Liberty on January 22, 2009

Have you had it up to here [you can’t see this but my hand is approximately two feet above the top of my head] with the fawning, ridiculous coverage of Obama’s inauguration?  Sounds like you need a little factual information and tongue-in-cheek cynicism from Ann this morning.

More Boos Than Balls

“So maybe liberals can stop acting as if the entire nation could at last come together in a “unity of purpose” if only conservatives would stop fomenting “conflict and discord” — as Obama suggested in his inaugural address. We’re not the ones who booed a departing president.”

Well said.  The way some of those “tolerant” and “open-minded” libs behaved towards President Bush this week was an absolute disgrace.

“Liberals always have to play the victim, acting as if they merely want to bring the nation together in hope and unity in the face of petulant, stick-in-the-mud conservatives. Meanwhile, they are the ones booing, heckling and publicly fantasizing about the assassination of those who disagree with them on policy matters.”

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Are you curious about what’s in that sneaky stimulus?

Posted by Liberty on January 22, 2009

Leave it to the Heritage Foundation [and Club for Growth, and National Taxpayers’ Union, and Citizens Against Government Waste, and Taxpayers for Common Sense…I could go on here] to help us figure out what in the world our government is really up to.  We have been told for months and months now how bad our economy is.  Obama’s inauguration speech on Tuesday further fed this crisis mentality.  This economic downturn is going to be used to sell Obama’s massive stimulus plan.  But, do you know what’s really in that plan?  Well, you will after you spend some time at ReadTheStimulus.org!

As the webpage says, “$850 Billion, 334 pages, and counting… somebody needs to read it!”  That url again is:

ReadTheStimulus.org

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My first poll

Posted by Liberty on January 20, 2009

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Thank you, Mr. President…President Bush, that is

Posted by Liberty on January 20, 2009

On this Inauguration morning, I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude to President George W. Bush.  President Bush, thank you for your eight years of service as our Commander in Chief.  You have governed with dignity, integrity and a clear reverence for the office that you have held.  I haven’t always agreed with you but I have always respected you.  You have been steadfast in your convictions, especially concerning the war on terror.  I’m confident that you’ve used every piece of information at your disposal to make the hard decisions about the safety of our country.  Thank you for what must have been the eight most difficult years of your life.  I pray that history will judge you kindly.

I’d also like to thank Mrs. Bush, for being the very definition of what a first lady should be.  Thank you for your eight years of service as well.  You’ve been mindful of your proper role as the wife of our Commander in Chief and you have represented our nation well.

Now, many of the same people that have been dragging Bush’s reputation through the mud for the past eight years are pronouncing that we all must celebrate and respect Obama.  By all means, Obama, you are entitled to all the respect that the Left has shown to my President.  President Bush has been mocked; marched against; burned in effigy; ridiculed on morning drive radio, prime time tv and everywhere in between.  He’s been the subject of biased newscasts, slanderous books and bitter bumper stickers.  From even before his first day in office, President Bush has faced an onslaught of anger from the Left and he has borne their abuse with grace.

The Left has been relentless in it’s disrespect for President Bush and for the country that I love.  The Left has been unceasingly rude and contemptuous towards anyone who would dare defend President Bush.  And now these same people are asking, nay, demanding, that I show respect for President-elect Obama?  What goes around comes around.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  If their style of “respect” was good enough for President Bush then it’s certainly fitting for Obama.  Maybe thinking that way doesn’t make me a “high road” kind of gal but it certainly indicates that I’m a believer in fairness.  Hey Obama!  My respect isn’t like one of those “tax cuts” that you’ll give to people who pay no federal income tax.  You actually have to earn it.

God Bless America and God help us over the next four years.  We are going to need it!

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Renewal time for the Skagit GOP?

Posted by Liberty on January 19, 2009

It’s the time of year when the local encampments of political parties boot out the old and welcome in the new, in terms of leadership, that is.  There was an article in the Skagit Valley Herald this weekend about the changing of the guard at the Skagit GOP.  It seems that the Skagit GOP keeps a pretty low profile so I always read the article when there actually is one.  I don’t know of the media doesn’t offer much coverage or if they aren’t really doing much that’s newsworthy or if they actually enjoy their anonymity.  You’d think they would see the obvious benefit in having the public know that they even exist.

County GOP’s new leader says party needs to regroup

“Conservative leaders here say President-elect Barack Obama and Democrats riding his coattails at state and local levels grabbed the youth vote with tech-savvy campaigning and promises of the good life. Now, they say, it is up to conservatives to learn from their losses as they regroup and reorganize for the future.

‘I think the mechanics of the Obama campaign were stupendous,’ said new Skagit County Republican Party Chairman Bob Eberle, 72, a La Conner resident and former state representative. ‘And I think the Republicans better learn from that. They have got to get into the modern world.'”

That sounds promising.

“Not only did Democrats beat Republicans with better online campaigning and fundraising, Eberlesaid, they also won out because Republicans strayed from traditional conservative values: protecting the pocket book, acting ethically, holding regulation at bay and protecting the nation. Only on the latter did the Bush administration and Washington, D.C. Republicans succeed, he said.”

So we’ve been hearing this kind of trouble-shooting since November 5 but he is on the right track.  No problems there.  The thing that really resonates with me about Chairman Eberle’s statement here is that he puts the responsibility for GOP failings squarely where it belongs–with the Republican party.  But when we get to the quotes from the out-going chair–that’s when we get a little insight into what’s been on the mind of leadership for the past four years. 

“Ann Marie Humphreys, who just stepped down after four years as the county’s party chairwoman, wants to return to those same values. But it will be a challenge, she said, because young voters are not as galvanized around conservative ideas as they once were.

She said many first-time voters were drawn in by Obama’s youth and by what she calls his ‘socialist’ or ‘communist’ ideas.

‘We have a country that is turning on a socialistic scale, and in the process of doing that, you have young people that are going over to the other side, hand outs,’ she said.

Humphreys, 68, said children are being ‘brainwashed’ in universities and even high schools to be socialists and communists and, in short, to vote for politicians like Obama.

‘Everything is handed down to them that they do not have to go out to work,’ she said. ‘… The parents are not allowed to reprehend without the children saying, ‘Don’t you put a hand on me. I will report you to the police.’”

Hmm…where to start.  I’ve read similarly incoherent quotes from former chairwoman Humphreys in prior Herald articles.  Those incoherent quotes that I’m thinking of also had the same condescending tone towards younger voters.  Maybe the reporter is taking her out of context…hopefully the reporter is taking her out of context. 

From Skagit Democrats rejoice in Obama victory

“Annmarie Humphreys, chair of the Skagit County Republican Party, blames the youth for the election results.

‘You had the youth out this time like you’ve never had before,’ Humphreys said. ‘Young people haven’t been around long enough to know that a person is more than an individual standing up there and speaking.’”

Insulting younger voters is not the path that the Skagit GOP will successfully take towards re-building.  Chairman Eberle’s first action as chair should be to make sure that former chairwoman Humphreys has no further contact with the media.  Either she has a penchant for making ridiculous, inarticulate statements or she’s giving the reporter way too much divergent material, thus making it more likely that she’ll be taken way out of context.

When you blame a segment of the voting population for the outcome of an election, you’d better be basing that on something concrete.  Just making a general statement about how the schools are turning all the kids into communists and socialists makes Conservatives sound negative, extreme and well…old.

In order to successfully renew itself, the GOP as a whole needs to articulate a clear Conservative message.  They need to translate for the general public how the philosophies of Conservatism are relevant to how a lot of us live our lives.  They need to talk of the free market, of individual rights and responsibilities, of reducing the tyranny of government.  They need to make people understand how a more Conservative government would benefit them.  And, they need to be a lot more savvy about what to say to the media and how to say it.

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on January 16, 2009

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

Thomas Jefferson

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Look out Washington! The legislature’s back!

Posted by Liberty on January 10, 2009

Check your freedoms at the door and whip out that checkbook–the Washington State legislature’s back in town.  If you’re still in the mood for New Year’s resolutions, may I suggest that you make 2009 the year that you really keep tabs on what’s happening in Olympia?  State lawmakers have been running roughshod over the citizenry of Washington State for a little too long.  One resource for the latest action in the state capitol is the Washington Policy Center’s website, WashingtonVotes.org

WashingtonVotes.org is the Best Way to Follow Lawmakers as They Tackle $5+ Billion Budget Shortfall

You can search for legislation by keyword or bill number and you can also pull up specific legislators to check out what bills they’re introducing and sponsoring, along with how they’re voting.  From there, it’s easy to click directly to your legislator’s e-mail address so you can drop them a little note and let them know how they can serve you better.

I’m also going to recommend the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and their terrific blog, Liberty Live.  While WashingtonVotes.org is non-partisan, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has more of a Conservative flavor to it.  Just read the opening line of their mission statement:

“Our mission is to advance individual liberty, free enterprise and limited, accountable government.”

With that positive, Conservative message in mind, steel your resolve to watch what your legislator is doing this session.  When they’re right, contact them and let them!  When they’re wrong, do the same! 

And, on that note, here’s a little re-cap of some of the important issues they were working on in 2008, courtesy of Mike Reitz at Liberty Live.

“There ought to be a law…”

“Eyebrow-raising laws from 2008
  • Sellers of raw huckleberries are required to obtain a state permit.
  • Individuals who inadvertently discover skeletal human remains must immediately call the coroner and the police.
  • Antifreeze has apparently become more refreshing since my childhood, prompting the legislature to require the addition of a bitter-tasting chemical to the antifreeze distributed in Washington. Manufacturers must now ‘render the product unpalatable.'”

The list goes on from there so peek at Mike’s blog to see them all.

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on January 8, 2009

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

George Washington

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Ann Coulter on Human Events newspaper’s Conservative of the Year

Posted by Liberty on December 29, 2008

Sarah Palin: Conservative of the Year

“I assume Palin was chosen because McCain had heard that she was a real conservative and he had always wanted to meet one — no, actually because he needed a conservative on the ticket, but that he had no idea that picking her would send the left into a tailspin of wanton despair.

But if anyone on the McCain campaign chose Palin because she would drive liberals crazy, my hat is off to him!”

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Merry Christmas to all Bold Colors Blog readers!

Posted by Liberty on December 24, 2008

I’m looking forward to a joyful Christmas spent with family and friends.  Let us not forget that the birth of Jesus is the real reason we will celebrate tomorrow.  I wish you safe travels, contented children, lots of gratitude, plenty of fudge and no fruitcake on your Christmas table.  Take the time to relax and reflect on all that you have.  Remember to thank God that you have the privilege to celebrate the birth of His Son in the greatest nation that has ever existed–America.

“In spite of everything, we Americans are still uniquely blessed, not only with the rich bounty of our land but by a bounty of the spirit—a kind of year-round Christmas spirit that still makes our country a beacon of hope in a troubled world and that makes this Christmas and every Christmas even more special for all of us who number among our gifts the birthright of being an American.”

Ronald Reagan

From his Christmas Day radio address; December 25, 1982

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From the annals of Conservatism…

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Barry Goldwater

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What the U.S. can learn from Japan’s failed experiment with “zombie businesses”

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

Return of the Living Dead

“After Japan’s asset bubble burst in the late 1980s, their economy took a sharp downturn, prompting government officials to try bailing out banks and investing in infrastructure, much like the activity and proposals floating around America today. The results were terrible.

With the government propping up poor business models rather than allowing further job losses, firms wound up operating over the long-term without making a profit or adding any value to society. Their utter lack of vitality earned these perpetual money-leaching entities the moniker ‘zombie businesses.’ And unless American policymakers understand the failures of the Japanese response, we will suffer the same zombie fate.”

Check out this article in Reason Magazine today that foreshadows the consequences that we’re likely to face in return for passing out government bailouts like Halloween treats.  Ding dong, here’s $700 billion.  Japan has dealt with a similar economic crisis and they made significant errors that prolonged the problem.  We’re headed down that same road and I predict that Japan’s errors will be our errors.

“First mistake. The Bank of Japan tried to ease economic pains during their downturn through the 1990s by loaning large amounts of money to businesses. However, such attempts to recapitalize the market were counteracted by underlying management problems endemic to the dying firms.”

Check.

“Second mistake. With all those loans, the Japanese government was simply too integrated into the market to have adequate incentives to create the right policies. Daniel Okimoto, former director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center, points out that the interests of Japan’s economic bureaucracies, such as the Ministry of Finance, became interdependent with the banking industry.”

Check.

“Third mistake. The length of Japan’s asset deflation, recession, and liquidity struggles has been blamed largely on the lack of foresighted policies and political leadership. Politicians bent on retaining their power took action that sought to solve the present day concerns, such as infrastructure projects, without regard to their long-term effects. As a result, economic growth was not sustained.”

Check.

“Fourth mistake.Japan tried to climb out of its economic mess by raising taxes and cutting interest rates. Okimoto cites a series of policy mistakes in a report on Japan’s economic stagnation that includes a consumption tax hike, business taxes, and heavy-handed reliance on interest rate cuts that reduced investment incentives.”

Are you getting my drift here?

“Fifth mistake. With the Japanese government enabling lending to zombie businesses, taking cash away from productive ventures, and passing tax laws and other regulations that did not promote growth, the private sector was actively discouraged from investing.”

I encourage you to read the whole article–Anthony Randazzo has done his research.  Clearly our politicians have not.

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Have I said lately how much I love Carpe Diem?

Posted by Liberty on December 20, 2008

I’ve linked Professor Mark Perry’s blog, Carpe Diem before…hmmm, trying to link and WordPress’ hyperlink function is not working right now.  [Normally, WordPress works great.  If you want to start a blog, I highly recommend WordPress.  And e-mail me the link.  I promise I’ll read, even if you’re a lib or a Husky fan]. 

Anyhow, go to http://mjperry.blogspot.com/ because his blog today is incisive as usual.  He’s excerpted an article from the Wall Street Journal by Andrew B. Wilson on how the Conservative principles espoused by Margaret Thatcher helped to pull Great Britain out of economic difficulties in the 1980’s.  [Wow, isn’t that about the time that Ronald Reagan was helping America recover from our Jimmy Carter-induced economic difficulties through free-market capitalism?]  Here’s a brief quote from Mr. Wilson’s article:

“By sticking to her policies of lightened regulation, reduced trade barriers, privatization of a raft of publicly owned companies, reduced taxation, and the adoption of laws to prevent abuses of union power, Mrs. Thatcher achieved something few if any of today’s economists have begun to consider. She achieved a genuine, productivity-led recovery that transformed Britain from perennial basket case into the Europe’s most improved and vibrant economy.”

Naturally, I’m a little sad to think that this economic recovery will not be ours, at least not during the next four years.  The socialist blueprint has been drawn, and time and time again, the house has fallen.  Obama’s going to build his policies on the failed philosophy of socialism, a system counter to all that America was founded on.  It will fail us, too.  So, I guess I love Carpe Diem today for the information that Professor Perry disseminates, not for helping me feel optimistic.

He also has a post entitled “Ford’s State-of-the-Art Factory in Brazil: A Model for the Big 3’s Survival. But The UAW Hates It.”  In it, there are details about an innovative Ford factory in South America.  According to Professor Perry,

“It’s not just above-market UAW wages and benefits, along with overly generous lifetime pensions and health care coverage that have all contributed to pushing the Big Three to the brink of bankruptcy. It’s also the outdated work rules, multiple job classifications, and union inflexibility and resistance to greater efficiency that have crippled the Big Three (see the 22 pound, 2,215 page UAW-Ford contract here).
Isn’t it sad that U.S. automakers like Ford have to go 5,000 miles away to “the global sandbox” Brazil to try out new production methods, instead of introducing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology here in the U.S.? Even if GM and Chrysler reduce wages and benefits to competitive levels as part of the $17.4 billion bailout, they still might not survive in the long run if they are prevented by the UAW from introducing lean, flexible, state-of-the-art technology inside the U.S., like Ford has been able to introduce outside of the U.S.”
Sad.  American taxpayers are bailing out the Big Three while the UAW is still alive and well.  And, liberals have the nerve to bitch about out-sourcing.
 
 

 

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