Yet Another Trip Up North

27 11 2009

Belated Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’m off for the UP again, this time with my dad and uncle. I’ll be sure to take pictures; having cleared a number of academic hurdles, there’s a good chance that I’ll be able to post them Monday evening when I return.

Until then, enjoy the weekend!


Just what we’ve been waiting for!

25 11 2009

In this time of high unemployment and economic strife, there are few things that can really turn a nation’s attitude around like a Hallmark Christmas Special.

Which is why Barack and Oprah Save Christmas is just what the doctor ordered!

No, really, I’m curious as to exactly what the point of this is.  I’m pretty sure C-SPAN already does a Christmas Tour of the White House with the First Lady (yeah, I’ve watched it before).  Isn’t that enough for the Obamas?  I mean, come on, it’s C-SPAN!  It doesn’t get more prime-time than that!

There’s only one thing we know for sure:  if it’s have as awesome as the Star Wars Holiday Special, this thing will be an absolute ratings blowout for ABC.

I'm not really sure why this television event happened either.

UPDATE:  Yeah, I realized that the title was missing a word.  I was writing this in between classes…

Most Transparent Administration Strikes Again

24 11 2009

This is an opinion piece I wrote for the current issue of the Michigan Review.  Which has a nifty new website, by the way.

To anyone more concerned with what’s going on in Washington D.C. than Wolverines football and college life, the drama that played out on Capitol Hill this past Saturday isn’t exactly news.  To the rest of you who lead more normal lives, I say congratulations—but you might be interested to learn that while you were out getting plastered, the Senate (in another move almost universally lauded as “historic”) moved one step closer to implementing the Obama Administration’s disastrous health care reforms.


No, this move on the part of Senator Reid doesn’t signal the end of the American medical system as we know it.  We will not be waking up to a socialized, single-payer system tomorrow, next week, or, if we get lucky, at any point in the future.  This was only a cloture vote; it does nothing more than open debate on the Senate health care bill.

The Senate will have to vote again to end debate, and then vote again for or against the bill that was debated.  There’s no guarantee any of that will happen.

I can’t add much to the debate raging over this monstrosity of a bill that hasn’t been said, so I won’t try.  I’d instead like to call attention to the frightening lack of transparency displayed by the current Administration as they go about railroading bill after controversial bill through in the dead of night.


Those of you who are astute political observers may recall a photo taken at some point in the last year featuring the same Harry Reid who rushed this cloture vote through.  In the picture, our intrepid Majority Leader is standing behind a podium, clutching his chest and sneering (heartburn, perhaps?) while flanked by some of the superstars of the current Administration.

He gives me this weird "American Gothic" vibe that I can't quite come to terms with.

Obama is there, of course; so is Nancy Pelosi, showing off her freshly Botoxed smile.  Henry Waxman’s glistening pate shines brightly in the background, as if signifying the flame of kind-hearted, big government ambition burning inside all of those present.


Yet what really ties the scene together is the placard affixed to Reid’s podium, reading, simply, “Honest Leadership, Open Government.”  This image is, fittingly, most commonly seen on conservative blogs (where it is used for ironic effect)—no doubt due to that placard and its message.  The picture alone should have been a red flag to everyone on the left and the right: no honest leader in favor of open government should feel the need to proclaim loudly what should be a matter of course.

Like true politicians, Reid and the Gang have gone forth and broken their solemn, sacred vow to the voting public with gusto.  Pelosi conjured just enough votes to ram the “historic” American Clean Energy and Security Act, better known as “cap and trade,” through the House.  Was this done in the middle of the news week, surrounded by the media?  Or course not.  It happened on a Friday evening in June, while most of the country was too busy mourning the late Michael Jackson to pay attention to this Administration’s economy-crushing machinations.

The Senate has been wise enough to table any unpopular climate legislation until at least next year—but even if cap and trade dies in the Senate, the Administration can sleep soundly knowing that the EPA will fulfill their dreams of carbon regulation, achieving through executive power what couldn’t be done through legislation.  That’s not exactly representative democracy in action.


And just a few weeks ago, Pelosi managed to wrangle enough votes to pass the “historic” House heath care reform bill.  It was done again on a Saturday evening, while normal citizens with better things to do were not sitting next to their phones ready to heckle their elected representatives.

This tendency to pass “historic” (not to mention incredibly controversial and rather unpopular) pieces of legislation while nobody is watching is becoming something of a pattern—a pattern that would seem to indicate that those in power realize that they are not working in concert with the will of the American people but don’t seem to care about that trifling fact.

Those of us who value limited government can make this administration’s sneaky business a bit more difficult by shedding light on it whenever possible.

School Strikes Back

24 11 2009

I successfully turned 21 this past weekend, and it was great to be able to both get out with friends and visit with my family.

But while that was great fun, I’ve got a ton of school work to catch up on. Today, I had to do a group skit (what is this, 4th grade?) with my Spanish class, and now I’m studying for a Money & Banking exam Tuesday night (tonight?).

Luckily, I get a real respite from all of this starting Wednesday. I guess that’s why they call it Thanksgiving.

I’d really like to post my backlogged stuff, so I might take a break from studying sometime this morning to do that.


20 11 2009

I’m going to be 21 in about two hours.



It’s not really an accomplishment, per se, since all you have to do is not die to get here—but it’s beginning to dawn on me that this is kind of a big deal.

Also, I’m guessing if I didn’t have a principled argument against drinking ages, my interest in fighting for eliminating that age requirement would be pretty close to zero right now.

I survived

20 11 2009

Yeah, I made it through the Russian paper, but I’m still fine-tuning it. I’d really like to post, but I’ve got to revise the paper and then…well, tomorrow is my birthday.

But I went to a nice lunch today with Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser. The best part? He didn’t have the slickness of a real politician, coming from a lifetime of entrepreneurship. He’s got some good idea about the upcoming gubernatorial race as well as for making Michigan a Right to Work state.

Hopefully I’ll be back to write later. If not, it’s because I’m partying hard.

See you Wednesday…

17 11 2009

I won’t be posting until I get this paper on War and Peace written.

Which will actually require me to read War and Peace.

If I survive, look for a post Wednesday. If not, send a search crew up to my room. I’ve got some nice pictures (I think, maybe, I haven’t really looked at them) from my trip to Greenfield Village to post. Plus some other stuff.

See you all Wednesday! I hope!