Via Instapundit comes the news that protesters at the DC version of "Occupy Wall Street" are not there because they support the cause. They are there for the paycheck.
Given the number of protests with lots of professionally printed SEIU signs, and other organizations, it isn't terribly surprising to learn that this leftist "movement" is really just AstroTurf. Again. It is as if everyone to the left of Bertolt Brecht bought stock in Monsanto.
A real movement doesn't have to pay its protesters.
The silent majority.
The ones who pay the bills, and the taxes, and the tuitions, and the pensions, and the benefits, for the people who falsely claim to be the 99%.
The ones who did not graduate from the school of perpetual expectations and handouts.
The ones who falsely have been called terrorists and extremists and racists because they dared to object to trying the same socialist policies here that have failed everywhere they have been tried before.
The ones who showed up at the polls in 2010.
The ones who will show up at the polls in 2012.
Finally, some light in the tunnel that doesn't come from a train.
The president's decision marks the first bright economic move he has made to boost the nation's ailing economy. Dropping tariffs, opening markets and equalizing investment terms are a proven way to boost economic growth.
The legislative process will begin next week, and both the White House and congressional leaders say the votes are there to pass it. But they always have been - the big change is the end of the president's hesitancy to submit them and Big Labor's campaign to block it.
Now if we could just get his administration to stop demonizing "the rich" and threatening to raise taxes while minimizing cuts to the federal budget.
Morals - all correct moral laws - derive from the instinct to survive. Moral behavior is survival behavior above the individual level.
- Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
Parenthetically, this is one of my favorite books of all time. Ignore the movie. Read the book.
Via Instapundit comes a link to an NPR story talking about the oil boom currently underway in the Big Sky states. The US, Canada, and the nations of South America are poised to out produce the Saudis and other Middle Eastern oil producers.
As a side bonus, we are sidelining the Russians that were in the habit of using natural gas as an economic weapon against Europe.
Drill baby drill!