When Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin first used the term “death panels” to reference a provision of Obama’s signature healthcare law, she was mercilessly mocked. She even appeared in MAD Magazine’s Mad 20, which features the top 20 “dumbest” people of 2009, for her mention of what MAD called “imaginary death panels.”
Liberal Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, known in conservative anti-immigration circles as Sen. Grahamnesty, says the United States must maintain a permanent “presence” in Afghanistan. He proposes this imperial outpost because he believes it will prevent the Taliban, the ruling political party in the graveyard of empires when Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorists struck the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, from returning to the country. Taliban fighters, however, who operate from bases in Pakistan with covert Pakistani support, are still in Afghanistan.
When Medicare was first introduced in 1965, skeptics such as Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan bemoaned the implementation of socialized medicine and the extravagant cost of the original $3 billion plan. Little did they know that $3 billion was only the beginning.
President Obama and his fellow enthusiasts for "green technology" have stumbled into a thicket of their own making. Most of the their pet "alternative energy" projects -- solar panels, hybrid and electric car batteries, wind turbine magnets, compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc. -- are dependent upon "rare earth elements" that have been made all but unobtainable here in the United States, thanks in significant measure to environmental extremism.