Archive from March, 2007
22 Mar
2007
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Grover Norquist speaking to NYYRC tonight!

How do we fight to keep tax-and-spend liberals from raising our taxes? What is the impact of higher government spending going to be on your wallet? And what can be done to make elected officials accountable on fiscal issues?

You will hear the answers to these questions and more Thursday, March 22nd at the New York Young Republican Club general meeting.

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, will be our featured speaker. He will talk candidly about tax and spending issues facing Congress, and what we as citizens can do to make them accountable to us.

Also, Matthew Mahoney, Deputy Senior Political Advisor for the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign, will give us an update on the Giuliani campaign and how interested members can help out.

We will also be accepting nominations for Club officers. Anyone interested in running for Club president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, or Chairman of the Board of Advisors, please contact Elections Chairman Craig Schwartz at elections@nyyrc.com for details.

As always, we will meet at the Union League Club at 38 East 37th Street, New York, NY. The meeting starts at 7:00pm.

Business attire required. Please turn off your cell phone upon entry.

20 Mar
2007
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Terror-Free Investing

California has joined a growing number of states to promote the so-called “terror-free” investing, namely, to force pension funds to sell their holdings in companies doing business with the likes of Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Cuba.

Financial Times wrote this morning:

Interpreted loosely, a ban could affect a number of US companies that have exploited existing loopholes as well as a large chunk of Europe’s multinationals – from engineering companies, banks and oil producers to the likes of Nokia and Nestlé.

Also in the news today, Chiquita Brands International, the world’s biggest banana producer, has pleaded guilty for paying protection money to Colombian paramilitaries from 2001 to 2004.

Most people would hesitate to argue against corporate responsibilities for stakeholders like workers, communities and society at large, beyond the overarching mandate of making profits. However, fighting the war on terror should not be an extra layer of burden, especially when business and finance are so interconnected globally now.

What’s more, despite their formidable prowess to create jobs and generate earnings, companies are in fact quite vulnerable to governments with military at their disposal and no accountability. Chiquita had the choice of losing money and paying up to the druglords. With a simple cost-benefit analysis, a rational business would tend to choose the latter option.

So is legislating against such wheeling-dealing a solution? Far from it. It’s the government’s job to fight terrorism, not the business’s.

Consider this, countries like China and Russia are now on a deal-making binge with the rogue regimes of the world. It is not a time to tie the hands and feet of our profit machines and choke the engines of our growth.

14 Mar
2007
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Democrats rev up the mud-slinging machine

Walter Reed, Alberto Gonzalez, prosecutor firings, Cheney, Rove, Iraq contracts, Iraq troop deployments, and more Iraq.

The Bush administration is certainly under seige from a Democratic Congress that is looking to make his last two years in office as unproductive and miserable as possible.

Democrats promised during the 2006 elections to launch a slew of investigations against the White House for everything they could think of. It appears this is one campaign promise that they will definitely keep.

13 Mar
2007
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Must-read op-ed on Pelosi’s Iraq plan

The Washington Post is one of my favorite reads – not merely because it is neck-deep in reporting all the goings-on in the Swamp, not just because they are charmingly liberal while trying to be nonpartisan (which is always humorous), but because every once in a while, they get it right.

Case in point: today’s op-ed takes San Fran Nan Pelosi to task for her slick Iraq war plan which does a lot to corral liberal votes, but does absolutely nothing for Iraq or American national security. Those of us in the know have long since realized that Pelosi is nothing more than a liberal opportunist, but it’s nice when the mainstream media tips their hat to that reality.

13 Mar
2007
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A new fine mess

Now that Libby has been scratched off the list of White House officials to tag and bag, liberals are turning their sights back to Karl Rove, the one who got away in the Valerie Plame broohaha.

It appears that the firing of eight U.S. prosecutors last year by the White House has drawn the interest of Sen. Chuck Schumer and his fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. Why? Well, publicly Democrats are saying they believe these prosecutors were let go because of some quid pro quo that was not met with the administration. Privately, it’s another opportunity to tie up the Bush administration in accusations of scandal while Democrats in Congress attempt to raise taxes, screw over Iraq, and lay a red carpet right up to the door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for their 2008 nominee.

This will take months to develop, but I encourage you all to watch it with a close eye.

12 Mar
2007
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Anxiety Over China’s military buildup

While the U.S. is heavily engaged with China economically, the Chinese military buildup is in full swing, announcing an unprecedented 18% increase in the official defense budget last week.

What this means is heightened regional anxiety and potential ammunition for isolationists in the U.S. Congress for more trade protection.

As the great British economist historian Niall Ferguson wrote, China and the U.S. are now tightly linked in a symbiotic relationship which has been fueling global growth and bolstering international financial markets. For better or for worse, this “Chimerica” relationship is a reality whose undermining will have huge, negative consequences for the world economy and the living standards for billions of people.

Is China playing smart here by taking the U.S. economy hostage? Can they get away with such rapid and unaccountable military buildup? How should the U.S. respond?

The level of anxiety is certainly due for a major rachet-up as the U.S. and China get even closer economically.

12 Mar
2007
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Americans in space

Back in 2004, President Bush made a bold call for returning to the Moon by 2020, and then striking out for Mars thereafter. Being a full-throated, unapologetic fan of America’s space program, I thought this goal not only attainable, but healthy for America’s spirit, economy, and scientific knowledge.

There hasn’t been much talk in the media of the president’s plan since that announcement three years ago, but I assure you the project proceeds apace. Click here for an update…

10 Mar
2007
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Iran minister: kidnap victim or defector

Former Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Ali Reza Asghari has disappeared and no one is sure why. All that is known is that the Iranian government didn’t admit to his disappearance in Turkey for ten days. The Arab press says the Americans took him; some Turks and other Europeans say that he offered his services to the United States.

What does Asghari know? Well, he could give us some unique insight into Iran’s nuclear program. He also has rare knowledge of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which is the command center for the country’s terrorist activities. He was a top commander in the Guard in the 1980s, and is considered to be one of the godfathers of Hezbullah.

Iran says that Asghari doesn’t know anything relevant because his government service ended years ago. But that’s just the type of cover story the Soviets used to put up when their agents and military officers defected to the West. And those defections help bring us victory in the Cold War.

10 Mar
2007
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Liberal Rep. Obey berates liberals (great stuff!)

Liberal Democrat David Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has been against the Iraq war from the start. But he personally has no plans to sign on to any scheme that defunds the troops (Take that, Murtha!), and he’s apparently sick and tired of the anti-war crew mucking up the works in his attempt to bring the Iraq war to a close.

Obey let his frustration show in a hallway run-in with two liberals this week in the capitol that was caught on video and ended up on YouTube.

This is the best evidence you’re going to see about how fractured the Democrat coalition is over Iraq. If you want to hear a liberal talk about “idiot liberals” who “have no idea what the hell we are trying to do,” see this video! If you want to see a congressman lose his cool with his constituents, run, do not walk, to YouTube now!

8 Mar
2007
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Check This Out

A very enlightening piece on Gitmo in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page today:

Gitmo’s Guerrilla Lawyers