Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Romney for President
Riding on in the Friscalating Dusklight officially endorses Mitt Romney for President in 2008. He believes in aggressively fighting the war on terrorism, securing our borders, smaller government, lower taxes, and has a constructionist view of the Constitution. No other candidate (with apologies to Newt) can say the same. Romney is pro-family (as opposed to pro-village) and pro-life (as opposed to Guiliani). He many be a Mormon, but I believe his policies would be better for our country than any of the other candidates, even if they do go to Christian churches once in a while. By becoming Governor in Massachusetts, Romney showed that he is the rare candidate who can appeal to moderates without sacrificing his conservative platform. Become a member of Team Mitt by clicking here. Please feel free to tell me how wrong I am. I'd like to hear your reasons for supporting a different candidate.

"And if you believe that as I do, that our source of strength is our people, then when America faces a new generation of challenges like we do today you don't look to government. You don't look to make government bigger. You don't look to make government stronger. You look to make the people stronger. Because that has always been and will always be the source of our destiny. And when we need to call on the strength of America we look to strengthen the American people." - Mitt Romney

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Minimum Wage - Good for Workers?

A while ago I wrote about the minimum wage and how it destroys jobs for low income workers and hurts small business. Drudge directs us toward a real-life story of how this is happening. Let the market work. Democrats like to play on our emotions with this issue, but they ignore the ramifications of increasing the minimum wage.

Friday, February 09, 2007

The Office as a Crime Drama?
For those of you who watch the best show on TV, check out this video. Also, Dwight Schrute has his own blog. Read about his new year's resolution to "display more wisdom and benevolence" to his inferiors.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

He's Still My Brady
I realize this would be more appropriate if the Patriots were playing the Bears today, but check out this YouTube video anyway. Tom Brady: #1 QB of all time and #1 in our hearts.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Hillary on Big Oil
Check out this short clip on YouTube and explain to me how this is not Marxism. On record oil profits, Hillary says, "I want to take those profits and I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative, smart energy." Here's an idea: instead of demonizing oil companies for making about a dime a gallon when we fuel up, let's lower the tax on gasoline. The government takes an average of 45.9 cents on every gallon (18.4 cents federal, an average state and local tax of 27.5 cents). In the last 25 years, domestic oil companies have paid $3.3 trillion (inflation adjusted) in taxes, over three times the amount of their profits for the same period! This is like earning $50,000 a year and having to pay all but $12,500 in taxes. Only a Democrat would think that's not paying their "fair share." Which would more effectively lower gas prices for the consumer - eliminating profits for oil companies (and their incentive to find and produce as much oil as possible) with the maximum price drop of 10 cents, or lowering taxes, with the maximum price drop of 46 cents? A better question - which solution scores points for populist Democrats?

Let's take a stroll down memory lane, to a wonderful time in our nation's history - the presidency of Jimmy Carter. In response to growing energy prices, he signed the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Act into law in 1980. This tax took 70% of the difference in price between a base price the government determined and the market price received by the oil companies. The result? The tax netted only $40 billion extra for the government in the beginning, 1/8 the amount predicted by Carter, and soon dwindled to almost nothing. Domestic production was cut by 3-6%, increasing dependence on foreign oil. In short, it destroyed the oil companies ability to make a profit, period.

The oil business is highly cyclical. There are years when they make tons of money (like this past year). There are also years when they lose billions. Tax and spend politicians know they are lying to you when they blame oil company profits for high gas prices.