Posts Tagged ‘Inaguration’

A slight contrast

January 19, 2009

“In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progress may be slow, measured in inches and feet, not miles, but we will progress. It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles there will be no compromise.”

Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981 Inaugural Address

“At this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe.”

Barack Obama, January 8, 2009 Address at George Mason University

Via Americans for Tax Reform

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Inauguration Carbon Footprint

January 14, 2009

I’ve been privileged to  view a pre-release copy of a study by the Institute for Liberty which analyzes data from federal agencies, environmentalist organizations and news accounts to extrapolate the estimated environmental impact for the 2009 Inauguration. On the basis of this data, IFL estimates that the total carbon footprint for the Inauguration will likely exceed 570 million POUNDS of CO2 – the equivalent of 57,698 YEARS of carbon produced by a standard household.

This estimate doesn’t even include additional emissions from security, the energy required from large screen TV’s, people watching it on TV or the hot air emitted by politicians.

Like IFL, I make no criticism of these emissions, merely note the hypocrisy of the left using the coercive power of the state to punish business and hurt working American families while themselves acting outside the standards they want to force upon others.

I’ll post the link as soon as the study goes live.

Bishop Robinson’s Un-Christian inauration invocation.

January 13, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama has has decided to pander to the far-left (who he had initially alienated by pandering to socially conservatives with his choice of Rick Warren to deliver the Inauguration Invocation) by appointing V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, to deliver the invocation at a Lincoln Memorial inaugural event on Sunday.

Viewing this from the perspective of US political culture, where the church/state lines are far more blurred than back at home, I found this line quite interesting:

“Bishop Robinson said he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was “horrified” at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.”

“I am very clear,” he said, “that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that…Bishop Robinson said he might address the prayer to “the God of our many understandings”

I find the movement in the progressive wing of the Anglican Communion to strip, well, Christianity out of Christianity  rather… odd… to put it mildly. I mean if you want to hold hands and sing Koombayah while praying to “the God of our many understandings” all well and good, but if you’re an Episcopalian shouldn’t you at least make some presence of holding some core beliefs of the Christian faith? Occasionally mentioning Christ when asked to speak? Although I suppose referring to the US Episcopalian Church as Christians can be considered as rather charitable.

I’m reminded of the episode in Yes Minister when Jim Hacker has to choose between an atheist and a socialist for a bishopric. What’s more, it seems that from it’s earliest days the Obama Administration will be one focused on ‘locking in’ votes of special interest groups and placing focus groups and polling above principle and policy.

Via The Other McCain