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William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expert Latest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016) Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016) I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

Pope wants “New World Order”

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His Holiness, John Paul II, has begun a crusade of his own.  According to The Guardian,  the pontiff wants to replace the United Nations with an organization capable of preventing things like the liberation of Iraq.

 The pope made his speech flanked by none other than Cardinal Renato Martino, a devout America-hater who felt sorry for Saddam Hussein

Donations Wanted

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Deaniacs send money to the Dean campaign whenever there’s a negative story about their candidate. (The fact that this method raised $15 million in three months says something about Dean, but I’m not sure what.) I propose that readers donate $5.00 to this blog every time Dr. Dean says something stupid. The money will be used to improve the site, allow me more time to research and write, and, if Dean remains on the front pages until November, let me retire a wealthy man this time next year.

Economy

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Just a quick rundown of top economic stories on this first business day of the new year:

Manufacturing grew at its fastest pace in 20 years (since the Reagan administration) in December.
Hiring will pick up in 2004 according to economists, with unemployment dropping .5% to 5.5% by November (as per my 2004 Predictions).
Stock markets are up across the board, with Dow and NASDAQ safely above 10000 and 2000, respectively.

Stay tuned for more good news on the recovery. And to think it’s all happening without nearly doubling our taxes, as Dr. Dean wants to do.

Dr. Dean wants to “Education White Folks”

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Slate, quickly becoming the prickliest liberal thorn in Howard Dean’s side, has an excellent commentary, today, by Mickey Kaus

I would add my own rebuttal to Dean’s comments, but between Kaus’s analysis and Dean’s own political stupidity and pathological carelessness, I really can’t make this any more damaging to the good doctor’s faultering reputation.

Excellent Analysis of Dean Tax Hikes

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Steve Moore of the Club for Growth has an excellent analysis of Howard Dean’s proposed tax increases. An excellent summary:

The Dean plan, our ad notes, would raise taxes by $2,472 a year on a typical middle-income family of four. Mr. Dean would also raise the death tax rate, the capital gains tax rate, the dividend tax rate and the payroll tax, and he would bring back the hated marriage tax penalty that President Bush abolished this year. There is hardly a tax levied at the federal level that Howard Dean would not raise.

Read the article. If you think Dean might win, get your assets into off-shore accounts as soon as possible.

North Korea Allows US Inspectors

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When Town Hall was in its infancy on CompuServe, and I was writing three columns a week, Jimmy Carter’s illegal negotiations with North Korea that resulted in US assistance in building nuclear weapons to be aimed at Los Angeles and Chicago inspired my most vitriolic pieces. What bothered me, perhaps, more than anything was the fact that Carter’s meddling had me siding with Clinton. That was 1994.

Ten years later, we are still digging out from that mess. There were some in the Clinton administration, as there are in any new administration, spoiling for a fight with the communists to prove Clinton’s manhood. Clinton himself was not averse to a high-stakes standoff with the K-combs. Carter’s capitulation before CNN cameras left Clinton with no choice to build nuclear reactors for North Korea while fueling its cruel communist dictatorship with American gasoline and oil.

Today, after three years of Bush administration snubbing of the North Koreans, our screw-you policy is paying off. North Korea will permit US, not UN, nuclear inspectors into its facilities. While Pyongyang’s new semi-permeability may be a ploy to prove to the US that they have an advanced nuclear weapons program, it will give US inspectors a chance to more fully understand what the communists are up to. Moreover, coming on the heels of Libya’s capitulation and a potential new opening in Iran, it could signal that the last and most recalcitrant of the Axis of Evils nations, having witnessed the Saddam medical exam videos, is ready to play by the rules. If so, my 2004 predictions are already shot, and the Bush doctrine is on its way to becoming the most successful Western foreign policy position since the American Revolution.