Tag: Mark Levin

Speaking Of Geniuses

I’ve mentioned before the coterie of standard bearers that I find useful to check in with from time to time (Rush, Ann, Charles), not so much to get marching orders (how convenient for the left) but as a sounding board/backstop, to reinforce opinions already reached (when they go off the deep end, they really go canonball), or to discover an angle I had not thought of. And probably the guy preeminent on that list is Mark Levin. I wrote a post several months ago disagreeing with Levin and his illogical (at least to me) rants attacking Christie. The other day I heard a radio snippet whereby he wanted those peeing Marines decorated, can’t even remotely go there. But pound for pound, he sees the forest for the trees better then most. Here is something from yesterday:

Yes, he is there to hawk his book, how Bain Capital of him, greedy bastard.

He hits a number of themes, all worthy of discussion, but I’m going to include a few here. He asks where this fundamental position exists whereby the stated goal is to level the playing field, to transition America to reduce income inequality, I know. Margaret Thatcher knew, a shared misery is more preferable then a tide rising ALL boats. But it is more insipid then that. We got a glimpse of this Noblesse oblige attitude with Hillary and her attempt to bullrush universal healthcare during her husband’s term, when she admitted that government sometimes needs to save it’s citizens from themselves, to make hard choices because they know better then the people what is good for them. This Marie Antoinette attitude of let them eat cake, the self anointed position the democrats have adopted whereby they are charged with championing the down trodden, the dis enfranchised, the discriminated, and the indigent, it gets them votes. Eating the rich is one way to appear benevolent and noble.

Neil asked Mark how today, and the challenges in front of us today, are different from say that of the Great Depression or the turn of the century. For one, we are in a $15 trillion dollar hole. The size and scope of the federal government (and its ravenous appetite), the expectations by those takers (not the providers), those that do not pay taxes and do not contribute to society but are a drain, they have grown both in numbers and their expectations of what is owed them, and also because today more than ever, world markets are inextricably linked, where we all hear and are affected by that lone tree falling in the forest, European bankruptcies (and our’s close behind) affect other nation’s economies.

TARP was also mentioned, with the usual finger pointing. Although the notion of Too Big To Fail hopefully has been buried once and for all, I am willing to give the original signatories a derision pass, given the circumstances at the time, as long as everyone adopts the position that ,”tried that once because we didn’t know better, now we do so never again”.

An orange juice can over Ron Paul, I need a minute to let that idea whaff over me. BTW, did anyone catch Paul’s incredible about face over killing OBL in last night’s debate? He is a slippery sucker. But his zero tax bracket idea was interesting (all candidates had to go on the record with their highest tax bracket, Paul’s was zero) crazy, but interesting.

I get the urgency that something must be done soon to stay the course and right the ship, and the elections this year could go a long way in that needed first step, but I just don’t see any quick painless fixes, for ourselves, the Europeans, or the world markets in general.

Picking Your Battles

Granted, the specific appeal of any political commentator/talk show host to the individual is usually directly proportional to the precision at which his views line up your own, either bulwarking a conclusion already drawn or causing one to change course mid stream.

Has this ever happened to you? Some pundit for which you have an affinity for and align well with says something so excruciatingly off the mark and silly that you wonder if the disconnect is on you, but then after reflection conclude that no, he is not always right and on this one, really wrong, then wonder how it possible that he could whiff it so bad?

Case in point for me. I think Mark Levin is one smart dude. Not only does he know The Constitution, but if you have ever read any of his books, his power of persuasion is matched only by the alacrity at which he commands the topic at hand. But, the other day, he said something about Chris Christie on his radio show that had me beyond scratching my head:

Here is the offending comment from Gov. Christie:

What is Mark talking about? Everything Christie said made perfect sense to me. For about a week we had the best weather prognosticators telling us that Irene was serious, that it could be the worse hurricane to hit the East Coast in one hundred years. Everyday we saw those graphics of those hurricane icons traveling up the coast, and they all had 3’s on them. Warning people to get off the beach and take precautions was not only sensible but that is what public officials are suppose to do. He was not over reacting, he was not under pressure, he was being responsible. You would think that after all this coverage prior to it hitting the coast, that most sane reasonable people would understand the seriousness and the danger, but he is the governor for all the people of NJ, even the stupid ones, and dumbing down instructions to the lowest common denominator is necessary for maximum impact and the safety of everyone.

And Levin’s statement about you are on your own is just stupid. Emergency rescue crews must be dispatched for anyone who needs it. If you are having a picnic on the beach in the middle of a hurricane and find yourself in jeopardy, emergency personnel (fire, police, paramedics) can’t say ,”Well, they were warned, anyone out there now is on their own, we have no duty to render aid”. Yes, you have the right to stay in your home, eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the beach, and any other stupid thing imaginable, but our elected officials have a duty to warn us of impending danger, that is what Christie did.

I can’t blame it on a slow news day, there is lot’s of stuff to talk about, why is Levin ragging on Christie?