NEWS ARCHIVE - OPINION FROM THE RIGHT

Abolish FEMA; Don’t Pay for Citizens Who Choose to Live in Dangerous Places: Ron Paul

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Abolish FEMA; Don’t Pay for Citizens Who Choose to Live in Dangerous Places: Ron Paul
Getting rid of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would be a smart move economically, constitutionally and morally, according to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
 
As Paul sees it, the concept of FEMA, not just its operation as a much maligned federal operation, is just plain wrong—because it means making taxpayers in one part of the country help pay for others who choose to live in dangerous areas.
 
“Why should somebody from the central part of the United States rebuild my house?” Paul said on CNN. “Why shouldn’t I have to buy my own insurance and protect about the potential dangers?”
 
He adds that it’s “a moral hazard” for the government to always take “care of us when we do dumb things. I’m trying to get people to not do dumb things.”
 
Besides, says Paul, FEMA or anything like it is not found in the U.S. Constitution, so why have it?
-Noel Brinkerhoff
 
 
Pardon Sgt. Evan Vela: Diana West
Friday, December 19, 2008
Pardon Sgt. Evan Vela: Diana West

Staff Sgt. Michael Hensley, Evan Vela's squad leader...and his men were discovered in their "hide" by an unarmed Iraqi man, whom they captured. As the man failed to stop moving and making noise, Hensley was very properly concerned that the Iraqi would reveal the Americans' position to nearby insurgents....Hensley concocted a politically correct, brass-pleasing cover story over the course of several phone calls to the command post -- something about the approach of an insurgent armed with an AK-47. He then ordered Evan Vela to kill the man. It was Vela's first "kill."...Hensley concocted a politically correct, brass-pleasing cover story over the course of several phone calls to the command post -- something about the approach of an insurgent armed with an AK-47. He then ordered Evan Vela to kill the man. It was Vela's first "kill."...Only Evan Vela, the young Ranger-trained sniper who carried out his superior's battlefield order, was convicted of "murder."

 

"Pardon Sgt. Evan Vela, Mr. President" (by Diana West)

 
Give Bush Credit for FIghting AIDS: Mona Charen
Friday, December 05, 2008
Give Bush Credit for FIghting AIDS: Mona Charen
The original PEPFAR legislation (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), which passed in 2003, was the largest single health investment by any government ever ($15 billion). At the time the initiative was launched, only about 50,000 sub-Saharan Africans were receiving antiretroviral treatment for AIDS. Today, 1.7 million people in the region, as well as tens of thousands more around the globe, are receiving such treatment. PEPFAR has also funded efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the AIDS virus, provided compassionate care to the sick and dying, and cared for 5 million orphans. One aspect of the program has been to reduce the stigma of the AIDS diagnosis in Africa.
 

 

 
Media Ignores Iraq Successes: Chuck Norris
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Media Ignores Iraq Successes: Chuck Norris

Who doesn't recognize by now that we live in a time in which there's little, if any, publishing space for positive military stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? The fact is American coalition forces have reduced the number of al-Qaida fighters in Iraq from roughly 12,000 to 1,200, have cornered them in Mosul, and are successfully gaining the upper hand on their remaining strongholds.

 

The Most Overlooked News Story of 2008 (by Chuck Norris)

 

 

 
Ivy League Rules...America: David Brooks
Monday, November 24, 2008
Ivy League Rules...America: David Brooks

This truly will be an administration that looks like America, or at least that slice of America that got double 800s on their SATs. Even more than past administrations, this will be a valedictocracy — rule by those who graduate first in their high school classes. If a foreign enemy attacks the United States during the Harvard-Yale game any time over the next four years, we’re screwed.

 

The Insider's Crusade (by David Brooks)

 
Airport Profiling Doesn't Work: Jim Harper
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Airport Profiling Doesn't Work: Jim Harper

Behavioral profiling has never turned up someone planning harm to aviation security. It has never turned up a person with weapons, guns, bombs, or any other implement that would cause a flight to be delayed, much less brought down. Exhibiting stress in airports—a likely part of behavioral profiling—is consistent with terrorism planning, yes, but it is also consistent with: arriving late, disagreeing with a travel companion, missing a flight, feeling sick, missing loved ones, being disorganized, fearing the security bureaucracy, and so on.

 

Not Just a Program with Problems, a Program with Constitutional Problems (by Jim Harper)

 
Keep Gates In, Leave Clinton Out: Peggy Noonan
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Keep Gates In, Leave Clinton Out: Peggy Noonan

To invite in the Clintons—and it's always the Clintons, never a Clinton—is to invite in, to summon, drama that will never end. Ever. More important is this: Keep Gates. Mr. Obama said on "60 Minutes" that he means to include Republicans in his cabinet. This is where to start.

 

Keep Gates: But Mrs. Clinton at Foggy Bottom? Can They be Serious? (by Peggy Noonan)

 
Don't Bailout The Auto Industry: David Brooks
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Don't Bailout The Auto Industry: David Brooks
Not so long ago, corporate giants with names like PanAm, ITT and Montgomery Ward roamed the earth. They faded and were replaced by new companies with names like Microsoft, Southwest Airlines and Target. The U.S. became famous for this pattern of decay and new growth. But this, apparently, is about to change. Democrats from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi want to grant immortality to General Motors, Chrysler and Ford.
 
Bailout to Nowhere (by David Brooks)
 
Uranium Mining on Federal Land: William Perry Pendley
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Uranium Mining on Federal Land: William Perry Pendley
After Paul Newman died on September 26, news broke that, although he contributed to environmental causes, he was also a secret supporter of something anathema to environmentalists:  nuclear power.
 
 
The Bailout--Rewarding the Undeserving: Ken Connor
Monday, October 13, 2008
The Bailout--Rewarding the Undeserving: Ken Connor
The CEO of Lehman Brothers, Richard Fuld, made $165 million between 2003 and 2007, even though his company had to file for bankruptcy on September 15 of this year. Merrill Lynch paid its CEO Stanley O'Neal $172 million from 2003 to 2007, and his successor, John Thain, got $86 million, notwithstanding that Merrill had to be sold last month for a share price that was about 70 percent below its January high. Bloomberg News reports, "Morgan Stanley's current and former chief executives, John Mack and Philip Purcell, were paid about $194 million over the past five years." The list of excesses goes on and on.
 
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