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German Chancellor Merkel And The Climate Change “Wall”

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of  the pulling down of the wall separating East and West Berlin in Germany. For the first time, a German head of state spoke before U.S. Congress. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed members of U.S. Congress and one of the subjects Merkel spoke about was the need for a global deal on climate change [Article – Merkel meets with Obama, then talks to Congress]. Perhaps a symbolic appeal by Merkel to tear down the climate change “wall” [Article – The European Experience with Cap and Trade]?

With support for cap and trade legislation on the decline, President Obama vows that the United States will play a prominent role in decreasing global greenhouse gas emissions. Obama’s answer to the climate change question is cap and trade legislation.

The Waxman-Markey bill or rather, Taxman-Malarkey bill (H.R. 2998 – American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009) is currently in limbo, since health care reform legislation has taken center stage. Beltway politicians have certainly been working behind the scenes on slipping cap and trade legislation through, with very little public scrutiny…so they hope.

If the United States agrees to comply with some sort of global climate change contract in Copenhagen, Denmark, this will surely embolden leftist environut anti-capitalists in America to get climate change-related cap and trade legislation enacted.

If such a bill goes through, it will destroy the American economy, no ands, ifs or buts about it. We think unemployment is bad now, wait and see how high it will be if cap and trade becomes law. In addition, we and future generations of Americans will pay dearly for the taxes, fees and other costs climate change legislation will incur [Article – Leading Climate Scientist: Cap and Trade Could Ruin US Economy | Reference – Treasury Department – Climate Change Bill Could Cost American Families $1,761 A Year]. Read More…


Arrogant Politicians Need To Go

I have provided a set of audio and video recordings illustrating the need for a clean sweep of those congressmen and senators in U.S. Congress who deride, stereotype, falsely accuse, criticize and disdainfully repudiate American citizens and who feel that they don’t serve the people, the people serve them.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY)

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Stimulus: If It Was Good For Nazi Germany, It Is Good For Us

With all of the accusations flying from leftist Democrats, media outlets, etc. about anti-government health care town hall protestors, conservative media pundits and conservative talk radio hosts being Nazis, the vast hypocrisy of the left becomes even more exposed and abundantly clear. According to left-wingers, TEA party protestors and others like them are doing much to emulate “right-wing” Nazism.

A few months back, the New York Times published an article about the Obama “stimu-less”, entitled Stimulus Thinking, and Nuance.

I couldn’t find anything on this subject from any other media outlets, including Fox News. Although The New York Times has not established a record of being a conservative news source, are we to conclude that the article by David Leonhardt was written with a right-wing point-of-view? Since the left has attributed conservative and/or right-wing beliefs and causes (erroneously so) to those of Nazism, are we to assume that Nazi Germany’s stimulus plan was a conservative and/or right-wing success story [Article – Hitler’s Economics]?

National Review Online has an article entitled Nazis for Me, but Not for Thee, explaining the previously-cited New York Times article. The NRO article does not denounce the NYT for publishing the article and I happen to agree with NRO. The NYT should not be denounced for several reasons.

First, the article does not endorse all or even most of the policies of Nazi Germany, just Hitler’s economic reforms that started in 1933. Second, a comparison between Nazi Germany’s economic policies were compared to those of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration and the Japanese stimulus of the 1990s, from which an opinion was extrapolated from that comparison. Third, the article was written to give more credence to President Obama’s stimulus plan and to prove that stimulus has worked in the past. Surely the examples that history has on record of the “successes” of stimulus are not limited to only those of Nazi Germany and Japan in the early 1990s. There have to be better examples to glean experiences from, right? How about from the era of FDR? No, the author of the NYT article wrote:

“When governments have taken aggressive steps to soften an economic decline, they have succeeded. The Germans did it in the 1930s. Franklin D. Roosevelt did so more haltingly, and had more halting results.”

Apparently, the economic policies of FDR were not as aggressive as the economic policies of Adolf Hitler. Of course, history points out that FDR’s economic policies did not pull the country out of the depression, but that it was in fact the advent of World War II that did. Since the NYT article was written by an objective “right-winger”, let’s ignore history on that fact (sarc-off).

Pertaining to the NYT article, the previously-mentioned NRO article hits the nail right on the head:

“Nazi Germany is a useful historical example of socialism run amok. The genocide and terrorism ultimately practiced by the Nazis were horrible — that goes without saying. But National Socialism went on for a dozen years, it was the last stage in a progressive nationalization of German society, and there was a lot more to it than genocide and terrorism. It cannot be that because there was genocide and terrorism, the socialist aspects of National Socialism are outside the lines of acceptable political discourse.”

The NRO article further states:

“The wisdom vel non of policies adopted during over a decade of Nazi socialism cannot be off the table simply because, in the end, the Nazis were monsters. We may find the seeds of their monstrousness in those policies, or we may not. But the thought that we should not talk about them is absurd. Notably, Leonhardt’s piece ran without any teeth-gnashing from Mort Kondracke and our other Beltway chaperones.”

History shows that Germany’s economic policy became a “means to an end” economic policy. They used their economic restructuring for the good of the few, not the many. They used their economy to build a deadly military juggernaut and to murder millions on innocents. Germany’s economy became fraught with widespread corruption, fraud, favoritism and theft. The people of Germany became the creators of their own demise. They were gradually transformed into wards of the state, no longer entrusted with the ability of individual thought, freedom and responsibility. In the end, the policies of Adolf Hitler and his various reichsministers or “czars”, led to the destruction of the country of Germany and a large number of its populace.

A history lesson for all of us because history has the uncanny ability of repeating itself.

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