All the news and views fit to consume during your morning grumpy.
1. Big day for Ron Paul as he finished a close third in the Iowa caucuses and is poised for a lengthy battle in the GOP primary with the least favorite frontrunner in history, Mitt Romney. You might want to take a few minutes and read some of the greatest hits from his Ron Paul newsletter.
Welfare Checks Ended the 1992 Los Angeles Riots
From the Ron Paul Political Newsletter, June 1992 (PDF):
“Order was only restored in LA when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began…What if the checks had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the welfare state through continued looting. But they were paid off and the violence subsided.”
Or this classic…
The Government Created AIDS
From the Ron Paul Political Report, January 1988 (PDF), under the sub-title “AIDS: Something Else We Can Thank Government For?”:
“Dr. [William C.] Douglass believes that AIDS is a deliberately engineered hybrid of these two animal viruses cultured in human tissue, and he blames World Health Organization experimentation at Ft. Detrick, Maryland.
“‘I have always said,’ notes Dr. Douglass [in Health Freedom News, an “anti-government medicine” publication], ‘and our forefathers told us this, that the greatest threat to the people is always government. Not foreign governments, but our own government.'”
Ron Paul isn’t just a weird grandpa in an ill-fitting suit, he’s also crazy. And the best candidate the GOP has right now…hooray for America!
2. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is about to announce a massive strategic review of the Defense Department and will target nearly $450BN in spending cuts.
The U.S. military of the future will no longer be able to fight two sustained ground wars at the same time. The strategic review will outline how the military can cut $450 billion from its budget, amid speculation that Congress may cut an additional $500 billion in the near future. Acknowledging an incapacity to wage two wars is not ideal, notes Andrew Krepinevich, a military expert at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, but it’s better than the alternative. “You may risk losing the confidence of some allies, and you may risk emboldening your adversaries,” he says. “But at the end of the day, a strategy of bluffing, or asserting that you have a capability that you don’t, is probably the worst posture of all.”
Of course, this will become a MASSIVE campaign issue in 2012 and it takes some balls by this administration to take on such a task in an election year. If you’d like to take a shot at cutting the Defense budget, the New York times gives you the tools right here. After giving it some thought, I was able to cut $733BN from the budget, you can see how I did it by clicking here.
3. In case you’re wondering, the world isn’t ending in 2012. Get a grip.
4. “The fact is you can’t tax the very people that we expect to invest in the economy and create jobs” Speaker of The House Rep.John Boehner
“Oh yeah?” – Chris Smith
5. Buffalo is one of the most “secure” places to live in America.
Three upstate New York cities rank in the top 20 most “secure” places to live in America. But what does that mean?
Farmers Insurance Group releases the annual list, which purports to definitely define where myriad factors converge, creating an environment where citizens’ health, happiness and well-being are least threatened.
The rankings are based on dozens of factors, according to a press release from Farmers Insurance:
…crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, life expectancy, mortality rates from cancer and motor vehicle accidents, and job loss numbers.
So, we have that going for us, which is nice.
6. Great story about the “Rochester Reinvention“.
Rochester, the New York home of Eastman Kodak Co., ticks many of the standard Rust Belt boxes. Crumbling corporate benefactor? Check. Acres of vacant lots? Check. Soaring unemployment? Well, no.
Rochester is handling massive corporate disinvestment in their community much better than we have in Buffalo. Why?
Many of the people laid off by the large companies in Rochester are highly trained engineers who have started their own companies and live in the upscale neighborhoods of Pittsford, Penfield and Brighton. Some have left the engineering world behind as they made the transition from company man to entrepreneur.
When your regional economy is built on innovation, engineering, and technology, it’s easier to rebound.
Quote Of The Day: “I hope, when they die, cartoon characters have to answer for their sins.” – Jack Handy
Fact Of The Day: On Jan. 4, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson outlined the goals of his ”Great Society” in his State of the Union address.
Song Of The Day: “Mercy” by Triggerfinger and Selah Sue
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