“They’re America’s quietest killers,” Newsweek gushes under the headline, “The Coolest Guys in the World.” ABC News calls them “the best of the best” who “toil in the dark of night, tasked with the most daring, dangerous and important missions.” And no encomium to the State’s minions would be complete without an enthusiastic endorsement from the New York Times: Navy SEALS, particularly the notorious Team 6 whom the Feds allege to have murdered Osama bin Laden, are “America’s Jedi knights: the elite of the elite, an all-star team of commandos.”
As if more proof were needed about the minimum wage's devastating effects, yet another study has reached the same conclusion. Last week, two labor economists, Professors William Even (Miami University of Ohio) and David Macpherson (Trinity University), released a study for the Washington, D.C.-based Employment Policies Institute titled "Unequal Harm: Racial Disparities in the Employment Consequences of Minimum Wage Increases."
Recent uprisings in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East have given heart to those partisans of George W. Bush who share the former president's dream of a "global democratic revolution." Now it appears even Pakistan may be taking on some of the features of an American-style democracy. Pakistanis don't trust their government either.
Some readers of this column will no doubt remember the popular 80s' television series Dallas. Although the show ran for 14 seasons, due to what may have amounted to one of the biggest blunders in television history — the exiting of a pivotal character — one of these seasons was written off as a dream! To the dismay of many a viewer, the opening episode of the tenth season revealed that all of the events from the last segment of the eighth season through the entire ninth season never happened. Watching the collective response of leftists to the killing of Osama bin Laden, I am reminded of this chapter of Dallas, for it is difficult not to think that the happenings of the better part of the last decade are as well the contents of a dream.
What happens? You create moral confusion and chaos. The children are taught that morals are relative, and no one can say with authority what is right and what is wrong. And since there are no real consequences to bad behavior in the schools, obedience to authority goes out the window. Teachers become the object of the students' scorn and disrespect. Other students are either friends or enemies. You can even incite a student to commit suicide by unrelenting ridicule. You live by the law of the school jungle. And parents have no idea how to deal with the moral lawlessness in the schools.
“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” said Steven Chu — the man Barack Obama would ultimately tap to be energy secretary — in September 2008. He was explaining to The Wall Street Journal that higher energy prices are the centerpiece of the Left’s energy overhaul. Well, I don’t know if they’ve figured out the Euro-boost yet, but we are halfway to Vienna.
I recall encountering, in the misspent days of my youth, a comic book character who had come up with an ingenious way to break the habit of eating between meals: He would simply never stop eating, in which case there would be no "between meals." Unfortunately, some have given up drinking in similar fashion. The late Sen. Paul Douglas of Illinois long ago compared most alleged fiscal conservatives to reformers who cry out for temperance "in the intervals between cocktails." Little has changed since then, save perhaps the brevity and infrequency of the intervals.