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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Moon Bat of The Week Award!

United States House of Representatives and Senate
Ignorance was no basis for objecting to the P&O takeover by Dubai Ports World. An ignorant mix of anti-Arab sentiment, anti any foreigner feeling, terrorist panic and domestic point scoring created some very misguided objections. The hue and cry was that we couldn’t let "foreigners" run our ports, if for no other reason than "national security." Guess what, so-called “foreigners” already run our ports. There are virtually no American companies in the business anymore, having all gone bankrupt as a result of U.S. regulatory policy fueled by patriotic sensationalism.
Without privately looking into the ports deal and doing their homework members of congress failed diplomacy, failed their constituents and failed in their responsibility to provide leadership.
A perfect example is first-term Republican, Pennsylvania Congresswoman Melissa Hart, whose press release demand "further review," saying the "proposed sale of these ports to DP World revealed the weakness of the process to review the sale of critical U.S. infrastructure to foreign-based companies." No infrastructure sale was ever involved in the deal.
Yet as the 18th-century writer Samuel Johnson once articulated, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

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