Tuesday, March 02, 2004

An anti-gun measure goes down in flames

Well, it started out life as a law to protect a perfectly legal industry, firearms manufacturers, from nonsense lawsuits. It ended life with it's own creator calling for its death. You can read the Fox News report here.

There is the predictable wailing of the anti-gun forces. They miscalculated that the pro-gunners wanted the immunity portion so badly that they'd swallow all of the anti-gun BS that they attached to it. Then the pro-gunners had the temerity to kill the bill. "Unfair!" wails the putrescent pols of the liberal left. "Heh, heh!" say I.

But Fox doesn't tell you that Republican lawmakers set the stage for the amendments in the first place--they voted to allow amendments to be submitted. Some, RINO John Warner of Virginia being one, actually voted for the blasted things. And the "gun show loophole" (gr-r-r-r) closing was sponsored by none other than John McCain, leading RINO. Fox at least gives you a list of the traitorous so-and-sos.

We've won one today but lost a needed protection for the manufacturers. But make absolutely no mistake here--the gun-grabbers will be back. Keep your eyes open. "Ready on the right, ready on the left, ready in the center. Firers, scan your range."

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Once more, with feeling

Here we go again to Haiti. I wonder when we'll learn?

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.

Thomas Jefferson

I wish I had said this

This comes from Chaos Manor, one of my favorite sites. You'll have to follow this link, then page down just a bit.

"I would rather see economic inefficiencies than disrupted lives."

Each job lost, factory closed, tears out a life's work. That might not have been so in times when we had a pick of factories in a town, or in a neighborhood of a city, but now people have to leave when their work closes down.

There's a more, and I encourage you to read it. I've been thinking along these lines, but John Welch has beaten me to it and written it up well.

Our Brave New World Order is going to reduce us to third-world status economically. I understand that free trade is supposed to be the "rising tide that floats all boats". But as we're practicing it, it seems like we're chopping holes in the bottom of our boat while the rest of the world is building new boats. Perhaps that is the inevitable chaos of an economy in transition, and we'll reach a new equilibrium that does bring greater economic prosperity for all nations.

But I don't think so. No one plays by "the rules". Some countries, who shall remain nameless, use free trade as a smokescreen. They manipulate their currencies, dump their goods in our markets below the cost of production to build market share and loot us for our best jobs.

We let them do it, because even though we don't play by the rules, we come closer than most. And that gives them an opening that they're not too proud to take.

So where do we go from here? I'm not sure in a global sense. I know that I work in an area that is ripe for outsourcing, and I'm planning accordingly. You'll need to consider your situation and do the same.