My humble opinion on
September 24, 2001
I thought President Bush delivered a
great speech last Thursday night. He spoke with some eloquence and even
poetry, all the while maintaining a somber yet resolute tone. I loved it
when he pointed out the oppressive policies practiced by the Taliban.
I did have one quibble. At one point,
he listed the major evil ideologies of the 20th century, reciting
"fascism, nazism, and totalitarianism." I remember remarking
to my wife, during the applause that followed, how disappointed I was
that he didn't name communism, but that would have ticked off China, who
we are trying to enlist in our coalition against terror. A minor retreat
from principle, but a retreat nonetheless.
I do like Bush's game plan so far. It
seems he's trying to isolate the Taliban, so they have no friends in the
world, and therefore no moral legitimacy. I think he made his demands
knowing full well they'd refuse, thus giving us the perfect reason to
And attack we must. This act of war
cannot go unanswered. A non-response would tell terrorists that
Americans are free game, encouraging further attacks. Kill enough of
them, and destroy the governments that harbor them, and then let's see
how likely they are to attack again.
Traitors in our midst
The Associated Press reported on
Sunday that a husband and wife have pleaded guilty to spying for Cuba.
They are the latest members of an apparently large espionage ring to
face sentencing. The FBI says more arrests are coming.
Also on Sunday, the Washington Post
reported that the Defense Intelligence Agency's senior analyst for Cuba
was arrested and charged with handing over classified material to the
Spying is a serious business, folks.
For too long, we've allowed convicted spies to cop deals and avoid a
death penalty. I say it's time to start executing traitors again.
California abandons deregulation
California recently undid the last
remnants of a supposedly failed deregulation plan by turning control of
electricity over to a tiny cabal of bureaucrats: the governor, a new
public power authority and three utilities. Consumers no longer can
choose their electricity provider.
This is supposed to be a good thing.
We'll see. I have my doubts. But the problem with California's original
deregulation is that it didn't deregulate enough. It prohibited power
companies from passing any price increases to the consumer.
In a free market, supply and demand
regulate price, which regulates consumer behavior. Limited demand lead
to higher prices, which encourages consumers to conserve, which then
increases supply and lowers prices. It's Economics 101, but the
politicians who seem to know better never gave it a chance to work.
Rather than blame their own half-hearted deregulation scheme, they blame
the very concept of deregulation, and so re-impose a system similar to
one that led to the deregulation in the first place.
Russian government enters 21st
Finally, after eighty long, miserable
years of communist rule, the Russian government has allowed its citizens
to buy and sell land. Naturally, the dwindling and ridiculous Communists
in Russia's Parliament opposed it.
This is a wonderful thing, although it
restricts available land to urban and industrial areas, only two percent
of the country. But why did it take ten years after the collapse of
The Zimbabwe thug
Robert Mugabe is the duly elected
President of the African nation of Zimbabwe. A couple years ago, as his
popularity and chances at re-election dwindled, he declared war on the
white farmers, who owned most of the farms in his country. He ordered
black mobs, made up mostly of his supporters, to occupy white
farms, murder the owners and their families, and seize the property for
themselves. Since March 2000, 1,700 white-owned farms have been occupied
by these militants. The government has designated an additional 4,500
white-owned farms to be seized and given to landless blacks.
Mugabe calls this land reform. Most
people call it racist murder. Much of the international community has
remained silent about this atrocity, but to their credit the British
have stepped in to halt the government-sponsored slaughter. To top it
off, Mugabe recently blamed the white farmers for the violence!
In a civilized society, the government
would provide incentives to the white farmers to sell their land, if
they so desired, while at the same time making it easier for landless
blacks to qualify for loans to buy the land. But apparently, those who
ignore Mugabe's bloodthirsty policies do not expect such civilized
behavior from him or his people. That is the greatest travesty of all.