Saturday, April 29, 2006

Brookes News Update

The US economy: things about manufacturing and free trade that you have not been told: "Economists argue that when the NAICU (non-accelerating inflation rate of capacity utilisation) reaches 82 per cent inflation will pick up in the US economy. Their thinking is badly flawed
Unemployment and wages: facts the Liberal Party ignores and the unions refuse to debate: "Union leaders, labour politicians and most journalists argue that the Liberal Party's labour reforms will have terrible consequences for real wages. Not true. Labour reforms will create jobs for those able and willing to work
Mexico screwed up on illegal immigrants -- listen up Republicans: "Democrats abandon their pro-immigration policy in an attempt to beat bush in 06 and take the White House in 08
The myth of technological unemployment: another Liberal Party failure: "The fallacy that technology destroys jobs has re-emerged. This is based on the fallacy of composition, confusing the part with the whole. In fact, technology creates more and better paid jobs
Castro and "truly repellent" minorities: "The Boston elite's belief in witches eventually dissipated. Yet their belief in another fable, that 'we bullied poor little Castro into the arms of Mother Russia,' persists
Bracks' outrageous attack on the Australian dream: "The Victorian Labor Party is going to what it does best whenever it gets power -- it's going to rip off the little people. Its new zoning laws appear to be designed to help the better off at the expense of the least well off
The Iranian head fake: "Iran's dictator says he will use `whatever it takes' to destroy Israel and bring ruination to others in the non-Moslem world. And he means it
How the other half lives: "A luxurious cruise on the Queen Mary 2 sure beats a home for the aged



Given my great interest in 20th century history, I was quite floored when I recently received an press release from a Sgt. Gehlen of the U.S. Central Command public affairs office in Iraq. If you don't know why I was floored, Google "Reinhard Gehlen". A truly legendary surname. Sgt. Gehlen wanted to draw my attention to the recent Zarqawi Video.

Ex-Spanish premier calls on NATO to add Israel as member: "Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar called for far-reaching NATO reforms to combat Islamic extremism, including expansion of the alliance membership to include Israel, Japan and Australia. The appeal came in an article published Thursday. Writing for the Jerusalem Issue Brief series of the Jerusalem-based Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Aznar said "it is imperative to defend our values and way of life against a new threat: Islamic extremism and terrorism." The article was based on a presentation he made at the institute on March 16. To transform NATO from a military alliance against the now-extinct Eastern bloc into a force that can counter the current threat, he wrote, "NATO must refocus itself on fighting terror, the major threat today".

Newt Gingrich on immigration: "There has been a breakdown of will on the part of America's leaders to control our borders and ensure that new immigrants learn to be American. The thousands of people we now see marching in the streets of U.S. cities over immigration policy is the product of two decades of a fundamentally dishonest immigration system. For two decades, the U.S. government has failed to control the borders while many U.S. businesses have profited by breaking the law. In turn, the U.S. government failure to enforce the immigration laws has encouraged outright defiance of federal authority by certain state and local jurisdictions. Adding insult to this state of affairs is an immigration bureaucracy that has been slow, cumbersome, rude, heartless, and incompetent in the discharge of its duties. This dishonest system has lured millions to enter our country illegally and to obtain work here illegally...."

GOP fuel hypocrisy: ""Few things are less becoming in a political party than desperation, as Republicans are now demonstrating as they panic over rising oil and gas prices. If blaming private industry for Congress's own energy mistakes is the best the GOP can do, no wonder its voters may sit out the November election. Oil prices hit $75 a barrel last week, while gas has reached a national average of about $2.85 a gallon. The Republican response has been to put on Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi fright wigs and shout about corporate greed and market manipulation. House Speaker Denny Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist fired off a letter to President Bush yesterday demanding the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department investigate 'price fixing' and 'gouging.' Senator Arlen Specter wants to go further and impose stricter 'antitrust' laws for oil companies, as well as a 'windfall profits' tax. Mr. Hastert also delighted the class warriors in the press corps by lambasting recently retired Exxon CEO Lee Raymond's pay 'unconscionable.' There's been unconscionable behavior all right, most of it on Capitol Hill. A decent portion of the latest run-up in gas prices-and the entire cause of recent spot shortages-is the direct result of the energy bill Congress passed last summer"

Pulitzer Prizes for traitors: "There's nothing wrong with caustic criticism, but two of the award winners went further, into areas that may hamper our battle against Islamist terrorism. The Washington Post's Dana Priest won a prize for revealing the existence of secret CIA-operated prisons in Eastern Europe, and the New York Times' James Risen and Eric Lichtblau won for revealing the existence of a secret program to intercept communications between terrorists abroad and their domestic contacts. The full repercussions of these security breaches remain unknown because, just as in 1942, intelligence officers are loath to publicly reveal the harm done to their activities. But there is no doubt that these were among the government's most tightly held secrets and that, despite personal pleas from Bush, both newspapers decided to publish them anyway - to the approbation of their peers."

Abolish FEMA: "Hurricane Katrina turned FEMA into a "symbol of a bumbling bureaucracy" so far beyond repair that it should be scrapped, senators said Thursday. They called for creation of a new disaster relief agency as the next storm season looms on the horizon. The push to replace the beleaguered agency was the top recommendation of a hefty Senate inquiry that concluded that top officials from New Orleans to Washington failed to adequately prepare for and respond to the deadly storm, despite weather forecasts predicting its path through the Gulf Coast."



"All the worth which the human being possesses, all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State." -- 19th century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel is the most influential philosopher of the Left -- inspiring Karl Marx, the American "Progressives" of the early 20th century and university socialists to this day.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialistisch)

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