Articles for Monday; former Congressman Jack Kemp dies; Lincoln Quote

Capitalist for the Common Man   This past weekend, former Congressman Jack Kemp, 73, passed away. Although I didn’t know it until I started reading a few of his obituaries, Kemp was one of the originators of the tax-cut theory to help an economy. Kemp was a staunch believer in slashing taxes across the board to help out individuals, families, small businesses and big businesses as well. The Wall Street Journal details in an editorial his accomplishments. Kemp also had the rare ability to bring many sorts of people in to the Republican Party and was known as a working-class man that could connect to anyone. His eternal optimism inspired Republicans and he was almost named the presidential nomination for the Republicans in 1980. Instead, Ronald Reagan was given the nomination and Kemp went on to help Reagan start the greatest economic boom this country has ever seen. In a time where Republicans are lacking ideas and the ability to get their ideas out, Jack Kemp was a man who was a leader in both of those areas. If there was ever a time that Kemp was needed most to be a lightning rod, this would be it. Hopefully, some Republicans will look back on Kemp’s writings and speeches and learn something from them.

National Review’s Goodbye to Jack Kemp  

Weekly Standard’s Article on Jack Kemp   Fred Barnes does a nice job of actually listing the many accomplishments of jack Kemp. He points out that even though Jack Kemp didn’t attend the most prestigious of school for economic study (he majored in physical education at Occidental College) but he was still able to come up with revolutionary ideas. His energy was unmatched by any and he was a great supporter and assistant of Ronald Reagan.

Intrusion of Reality   Mark Steyn, who is often a guest host for Rush Limbaugh, writes about how Barack Obama’s first 100 days seem to forget about many realities. For example, a man in California wrote to thank Obama for getting him over 300 extra dollars each month because of the stimulus package. What he forgot to ask, however, is how that is going to be sustained over time. Eventually, with socialized health care and federalized payments for education, taxes are going to kick in. Obama might just send those taxes on to the next president and let him deal with them. Either way, as Steyn points out, America is drifting closer and closer to a European style of government, one which has parties debate on who can offer the “best services”. This style is ultimately unsustainable. And anyways, remember when Americans took pride in working to earn things and not be handed entitlements by the government? Why have those years passed us by? Margaret Thatcher once said, “The facts of life are conservative.” Let’s hope that someone in Washington has the courage and ability to remind us of that soon.

“Property is fruit of the labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.” -Abraham Lincoln 

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