American Elephants

More Quotations to Keep: Seemed Pertinent. by The Elephant's Child

Jen Rubin, Contentions, 5/04/2010

“There is no mystery as to why our Iran policy is in disarray It is what happens when we cast off the instruments of American power, place faith in international bodies that don’t share common interests or values, and assume our adversaries will respond to grand gestures and acts of goodwill.”

Jonah Goldberg, G File, 9/15/2012

“The people are the boss, the government is the servant. The Constitution is the government’s job description. The Declaration of Independence is its mission statement. Campaigns are the job interview, elections are the hiring and firing process.”

Bernard Bailyn, from:
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

“At the Philadelphia convention, with exquisite care and with delicate nuances, they devised a complex constitution that would generate the requisite power but would so distribute its flow and uses that no one body of men and no one institutional center would ever gain a monopoly of force or influence that would dominate the nation.”

Dore Gold: Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.

“The U.S. and Iran speak very different diplomatic languages that cannot be bridged by a dictionary alone. In the West, candor is central to confidence-building, for the diplomats of the Islamic Republic, deception is a way of life.”

From C.S. Lewis

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Mark Steyn Gives Credit Where It’s Due: by The Elephant's Child
January 6, 2010, 11:20 am
Filed under: Law, National Security, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

Mark Steyn this morning in the Corner at National Review:

2010: The United States Government revokes Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s visa a mere 12 days after he tries to kill 300 people.

2002: The United States Government approves Mohammed Atta”s visa six months after he’s actually killed 3,000 people — and is , in fact, himself deceased.

If that’s not objective, measurable improvement in the U.S. Bureaucracy, I don’t know what is.  Like they say, the system worked!

Health Care and Freedom. These two Things Should Go Together. by The Elephant's Child
October 5, 2009, 11:02 pm
Filed under: Economy, Freedom, Health Care | Tags: , ,

I ran across an interesting interview of the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon, a health policy analyst, by Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review. This was the exchange that caught my eye:

NRO: Mickey Kaus recently asked “some of my conservative friends [to] explain to me just what it is that private insurers do that makes them worth preserving.  The central problem…is that the free market does not reward insurers who provide excellent care.  The market punishes insurers who provide excellent care, because the people who will be most attracted by excellent care are sick  people, the very people who will drive insurers into bankruptcy. …

CANNON: I don’t know Kaus, but it appears that he may be afflicted with the typical laziness that the Left brings to health care: They start with the conclusion that government should run everything, then work backward.  Everything that goes wrong is “the market,” even when the problem was created by government.  If that’s the way you “reason,” who wouldn’t hate markets? (emphasis added)

The whole interview is worth your time, but that observation is insightful: “They start with the conclusion that government should run everything, then work backward.”  So true, and it explains a lot.

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