How Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting our Future

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  1. TexasT

    TexasT Devil's Advocate >:) Forum Contributor

    Running on Empty: How Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting our Future and what Americans Can do About It by Peter G. Peterson

    Has anyone read this book? I just came back from a medical conference and the keynote mentioned this book. I thought it might be good to pick up for the election.

    Amazon lets you read a few pages. Might be worthwhile to look at.

    Amazon Online Reader : Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It
    Last edited: May 16, 2008

    By Michelle Malkin


    Like Michelle Obama, I am a "woman of color." Like Michelle Obama, I am a working mother of two young children. Like Michelle Obama, I am a member of the 13th generation of Americans born since the founding of our great nation.

    Unlike Michelle Obama, I can't keep track of the number of times I've been proud - really proud - of my country since I was born and privileged to live in it. At a recent speech in Milwaukee on behalf of her husband's Democratic presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama remarked, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."

    Mrs. Obama's statement was met with warm applause from other Barack supporters who have also apparently been devoid of pride in their country during their adult lifetimes. Or maybe it was just a Pavlovian response to the word "change." What a sad, empty, narcissistic, ungrateful, unthinking lot!

    I'm just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We've grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been "hungry for change"?

    Michelle, ma belle, Barack is not the center of the universe. News flash: The Obamas did not invent "change" any more than Hillary invented "leadership" or John McCain invented "straight talk." We were both adults when the Berlin Wall fell, Michelle. That was earth-shattering change. We've lived through two decades' worth of peaceful, if contentious, election cycles under the rule of law, which have brought about "change" and upheaval, both good and bad. We were adults through several launches of the space shuttle, in case you were snoozing. And as adults, we've witnessed and benefited from dizzyingly rapid advances in technology, communications, science, and medicine pioneered by American entrepreneurs who yearned to change the world and succeeded. You want "change"? Go ask the patients whose lives have been improved and extended by American pharmaceutical companies that have flourished under the best economic system in the world.

    If American ingenuity, a robust constitutional republic, and the fall of communism don't do it for you, Hon, then how about American heroism and sacrifice? How about every Memorial Day? Every Veterans Day? Every Independence Day? Every Medal of Honor ceremony? Has she never attended a welcome-home ceremony for the troops? For me, there's the thrill of the Blue Angels roaring over cloudless skies. And the somber awe felt amid the hallowed waters that surround the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at the Pearl Harbor memorial.

    Every naturalization ceremony I've attended, where hundreds of new Americans raised their hands to swear an oath of allegiance to this land of liberty, has been a moment of pride for me. So have the awesome displays of American compassion at home and around the world. When millions of Americans rallied to help victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia - including members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group that sped from Hong Kong to assist survivors - my heart filled with pride. It did again when the citizens of Houston opened their arms to Hurricane Katrina victims and folks across the country rushed to their churches and offices of the Salvation Army and Red Cross to volunteer.

    How about American resilience? Does that not make you proud, Michelle? Only a heart of stone could be unmoved by the strength, valor, and determination displayed in New York , Washington , D.C., and Shanksville , Pa. , on September 11, 2001.

    I believe it was Michael Kinsley who quipped that a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth. In this case, it's what happens when an elite Democratic politician's wife says what a significant portion of the party's base really believes to be the truth: America is more a source of shame than pride.

    Michelle Obama has achieved enormous professional success, political influence, and personal acclaim in America . Ivy League educated, she's been lauded by Essence magazine as one of the 25 World's Most Inspiring Women; by Vanity Fair as one of the ten World's Best-Dressed Women; and named one of "The Harvard 100" most influential alumni. She has had an amazingly blessed life. But, you wouldn't know it from her campaign rhetoric and her griping about her and her husband's student loans.

    For years, we've heard liberals get offended at any challenge to their patriotism. And so they are again aggrieved and rising to explain away Mrs. Obama's remarks.

    Lady Michelle and her defenders protest too much!

    Michelle Malkin is a newspaper columnist

  3. LiveToShoot

    LiveToShoot Guest


    Thanks, I ordered a copy of the book this morning...
  4. It is a topic covered by more than just this one book . . .

    . . . and many of us are painfully aware of the theme.

    To run deficits as we have now is to take a really big chance on an economic expansion large enough to generate the taxes to lower the deficit. It is that simple.

    Working against the ability of an economic expansion tax generation to lower the deficit is the monumental interest we pay out on public debt at the federal level.

    It is a sad fact historians know chewed away at President Truman
    who desperately wanted to eliminate the debt carried forward from World War 2 and did make a plan before the initial crossing of the 38th parallel in Korea by the Communists. After that he was trapped into a military buildup that killed the his administration's debt lowering plan. Truman knew he could not do the buildup on taxation.
  5. TexasT

    TexasT Devil's Advocate >:) Forum Contributor

    I haven't picked up a copy yet...too many text books to read. But let us know how it reads. From what I read in the excerpt it looks pretty interesting.
  6. Niko911

    Niko911 Guest

    Wow very interested in this book and ive never really been interested in reading, now the way im feeling i think Michelle Malkin should run for president
  7. Malkin ROCKS!!! Nothing more nothing less she just rocks!!!
  8. Windwalker

    Windwalker G&G Newbie

    Thanks for the post, TT.
  9. Rimjob

    Rimjob Guest

    Hey LTS, you get to read that book yet?? Just wondering if it was any good??