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  • The Secret Synod Does What We Expected: Evil

    10/14/2014 5:49:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/13/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As if we didn’t know it before, today we learned why the Secret Synod was conducted in secret, with the faithful not being permitted to see the texts of the participants’ addresses or even to know which bishop or cardinal was advancing which position. The Secret Synod was conducted in secret because evil advances in shadows. Many others, and not just traditionalists, have already expressed outrage over the disastrous “Relatio post disceptationem,” which appeared on the Vatican website today, October 13. This is the anniversary of Pope Leo’s vision of Satan’s attack on the Church (leading to his composition of...
  • The Lawless President

    07/10/2013 8:20:09 AM PDT · by safetysign · 26 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 0710/2013 | Peter Ferrara
    Its not so much that he thinks hes above the law as that he thinks he is the law. The duties of the President of the United States are spelled out in Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, which states, inter alia, that the President shall take Care that the laws be faithfully executed. As Stanford Law Professor and former federal judge Michael McConnell explained in yesterdays Wall Street Journal, This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do...
  • Obama Bent on Re-creating The Grapes of Wrath

    09/17/2012 7:56:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    President Obama started his Democratic Convention nomination acceptance speech with one overriding truth: But when all is said and done when you pick up that ballot to vote you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. It will be a choice between two different paths for America. A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future. Truer words were never spoken. Because America is deciding in this election whether it wants to ditch the economic system that made us the richest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world, for the hope...
  • A Second Term Will Be Terminal: Another four years and Argentina will be crying for us

    07/12/2012 11:12:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 12, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    With a second term for Obama, the world-leading America we have known and hoped to leave to our children will be gone. Last Friday's jobs report confirms that Obama is well on his way to transforming America into a third world country, with declining living standards and perpetual economic stagnation. Argentina enjoyed the world's fourth highest per capita GDP in 1929, on par with America at the time. But then the nation lost its way in embracing a leftist, union allied government, which took control of the economy and imposed wildly irresponsible taxes, spending, deficits, and debt. After World War...
  • The Bell Tolls for Obamacare

    11/25/2011 8:39:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.23.11 | Peter Ferrara
    The key to the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling will be clear recognition of constitutional alternatives to Obamacare. On November 14, the Supreme Court granted the Writ of Certiorari to hear the appeal of the cases testing the constitutionality of Obamacare. The resulting decision will mark an historic watershed not only in the restoration of constitutional jurisprudence, but in fundamental, market reform of the entire entitlement state... --snip-- While the decision of simpatico Judge Laurence Silberman upholding the Obamacare mandate is somewhat troubling, that reflected Silberman's poorly reasoned conclusion that he was bound as a lower court judge by the Supreme...
  • President Obama Is No Longer Tethered To Reality

    07/30/2011 12:23:31 PM PDT · by Clairity · 55 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 28, 2011 | Peter Ferrara
    President Barack Obama's speech to the nation Monday night was highly disturbing. Because read carefully, it reveals a president wildly divorced from the fundamental realities of the nation he is supposed to be leading. President Obama actually told America on national television that it is a nation "with a system in which the deck seems stacked against middle class Americans in favor of the wealthiest few." It is incomprehensible how a man serving as president of these United States could make such a fundamentally false assertion about his own country. The president further proclaimed Monday night that "most Americans don't...
  • The New Big Picture (Really good read at link)

    12/28/2010 1:46:38 PM PST · by Signalman · 3 replies · 2+ views ^ | 12/15/2010 | Peter Ferrara
    The Bush Tax Cuts: The Final Word and Beyond For how many years have Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats been telling America that Bush cut taxes only for the rich? If so, where did all those middle class tax cuts come from that everyone is now talking about extending? The Republicans are holding the middle class tax cuts hostage? It was the Republicans who enacted the middle class tax cuts, nearly 10 years ago now. That would be $3 trillion in middle class tax cuts over the next 10 years. Obama and Pelosi are talking as if these...
  • Peter Ferrara : Fire Obama

    09/09/2010 2:19:29 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 1 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 | Peter Ferrara
    House GOP Leader John Boehner created a stir last month when he called on President Obama to fire his top economic advisors, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Larry Summers, because of the Administration's disastrous economic performance. But while Summers is, indeed, a clueless Keynesian, and Geithner is a career bureaucrat, they are not the source of the problem. The source of the problem is the Godfather of the Administration's economic policies, President Obama himself. Consequently, what is needed is not to fire Geithner or Summers, but to fire Obama. While President Obama is...
  • November 2010 : The Political Earthquake -- As Predicted

    07/21/2010 3:51:43 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 15 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | Peter Ferrara
    Just over a year ago, in July 2009, this column predicted in an article entitled "2010" that a political earthquake was coming this year that would shake Washington to its foundations. In October 2009, I argued that the real danger facing Republicans was that they would underestimate their strength this year, and not win all the seats they could win by failing to recognize soon enough just how vulnerable even established Democrats would be. At the time this was laughed off as wild-eyed, unhinged, bluff and bluster. Today, one year later, it is actually conventional wisdom. The political earthquake is...
  • Washington Knows Best

    12/30/2009 5:40:33 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 746+ views
    American Spectator ^ | December 30, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    The health policy atrocity that Washington Democrats are now finalizing represents an ugly new turn in American politics. From almost the founding of the Republic, we have seen demagogues seek to sway public opinion in their favor with crass arguments appealing to base motives in the electorate, from racism to class warfare to xenophobia. But that is NOT what we are seeing in Washington today, on issues from health care to "global warming" to federal deficits, spending, taxes, welfare, energy, and beyond. What we are seeing in Washington today is much worse. What this mob currently in power is telling...
  • The Republicans Underestimate Their Strength

    11/04/2009 5:35:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies · 1,018+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 11/4/2009 | Peter Ferrara
    In last year's campaign, the one true thing Obama said to his critics was, "The political ground is changing under your feet." But what is not sufficiently recognized is that is going on again, right now, in the opposite direction. That is what yesterday's elections showed. And what yesterday's political earthquake revealed about the landscape is that the biggest miscalculation going on right now is that the Republicans underestimate their own strength. As a result, they may fail to take maximum advantage of the political tsunami that is coming in 2010, just building to what is to come in 2012....
  • President Obama, Prepare for a Political Earthquake

    10/29/2009 7:04:51 AM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 40 replies · 2,878+ views ^ | Peter Ferrara
    The latest Rasmussen poll shows Chris Christie, the Republican nominee for Governor in New Jersey, beating the incumbent Democrat John Corzine by 4 points, even with a third party conservative in the race drawing over 10 percent of the vote. In Virginia, Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell is so far ahead of his Democratic rival Creigh Deeds that Democrats have already begun to argue on the front page of The Washington Post who is at fault for blowing that race.
  • An analysis of the Obama Health Care Plan by Peter Ferrara of the Heartland Institute

    08/09/2009 12:55:37 PM PDT · by 51773photo · 2 replies · 353+ views
    President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are rushing to enact legislation that would overhaul the way health care is financed and delivered in the United States. It would dramatically increase the role of government in virtually all aspects of health care. Such an initiative should be carefully studied to determine whether it actually solves problems in the health care arena or makes them worse. National health plans similar to what President Obama is proposing have been adopted in other countries. They always start out promising universal access and free or reduced-price health care. But they end up with massive institutional...
  • 2010 (Next year's elections could be a political earthquake)

    07/15/2009 9:42:24 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 87 replies · 3,687+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July 15, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    Next year's elections are going to produce a political earthquake. That is because we currently suffer the most left-wing government in our nation's history. After just 6 months in office, the flower children that rule Washington in overwhelming numbers are already smashing through all records regarding federal taxes, spending, deficits, and debt. Obama and his ultra-left Democrats adopted a so-called stimulus bill raising spending a trillion dollars that never had a prayer of actually creating jobs and promoting long-term economic growth, because it was based entirely on old-fashioned, brain dead, proven to fail, Keynesian economics. Though we would have to...
  • Sarah Palin Outsmarts the Left [Good read]

    07/04/2009 8:48:42 AM PDT · by upchuck · 242 replies · 5,809+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 4, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska is a brilliant liberating move for her career, and a potential turning point for the national conservative movement. The biggest problem with her responsibility as Governor of Alaska is that the state is so far away from the rest of America. No one hears of the good work she has been doing there, and the left is free to paint their own false caricature of her. ... I am hoping she spends two weeks of every month now touring the states doing fundraisers for a the sweeping Republican revival in 2010 that is...
  • Cap and Trade Dementia

    07/01/2009 5:49:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 996+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 1, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    Barack Obama called for House passage of the cap and trade tax bill last Friday by calling it a jobs bill. The bill is designed to raise the price of energy in the U.S. so much that it will reduce the use of fossil fuels by 17% by 2020 and by 83% by 2050. Sentencing the U.S. economy to high cost energy is not a particularly good strategy for creating jobs. The Charles River Associates, a Harvard based economics consulting firm, estimates a net loss of jobs from the bill of about 2.5 million each year. This is surely a...
  • Washington's Plot to Explode Your Taxes (Re post from this morning)

    06/24/2009 11:20:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 13 replies · 1,161+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 24, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    Everyone in Washington knows the record Federal deficits and debt are out of control and can't continue. President Obama knows it. The ultraliberal Democrat Congressional leadership knows it. Rank and file Congressional Republicans and Democrats know it. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has been openly saying so. Obama's economic policies, adopted by the Democrat-controlled Congress, call for total Federal borrowing of $3.5 trillion this year alone! The Federal debt is projected to soar over the next 10 years to a peacetime record of 84% of GDP, and to keep on growing past the all-time record of 113% of GDP during World...
  • Obama's Iran Blunder

    06/17/2009 6:11:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 853+ views
    American Spectator ^ | June 17, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    On its current course, the Middle East is headed for nuclear war. The only question is whether someone will act to take history off that course. That won't be the left wing extremist/narcissist we now have in the White House, who is lost in his own dream world. Like Adolf Hitler, the theocrats who run Iran have told us exactly what they plan to do. They plan to build nuclear weapons, and use them to "wipe Israel off the map." They have said this plan is rooted in their fundamental religious beliefs and doctrines regarding the return of their God...
  • Obamanomics Vs. Gingrich's Plan (which proposal is better for the economy?)

    05/30/2009 9:58:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 466+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/30/2009 | Peter Ferrara
    As of May, the current recession officially became the longest since World War II. The National Bureau of Economic Research dates the recession as starting some time during December 2007. The longest recession since World War II was 16 months, with the average being 10 months. By June, the current recession will have lasted more than 17 months. Which raises the question, are President Obama's economic policies promoting recovery, or delaying it? Why is this the longest recession since World War II? That is a period of almost 65 years! Would other economic policies better promote economic growth? These questions...
  • Legislative Brawl Begins Today on Climate Change

    05/18/2009 4:23:42 AM PDT · by Delacon · 84 replies · 4,957+ views
    Roll Call ^ | May 18, 2009 | Vicki Needham
    Republicans will take their first shot at derailing a top Democratic priority climate change legislation by offering as many as 200 amendments when the House Energy and Commerce Committee begins marking up its bill this afternoon. The markup, which could stretch over several days, probably provides House Republicans with their best opportunity for offering changes to a bill that will likely see limited amendments on the floor. Our folks are united against cap-and-trade, Energy and Commerce member Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said of the carbon control policy being pushed by Democrats. Last week, Democrats agreed among themselves on a...
  • Obama's Assault on the Middle Class

    05/16/2009 2:15:41 PM PDT · by pleikumud · 49 replies · 14,420+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | May 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    The Obama administration itself estimates that cap and trade will involve increased costs from 2012 to 2019 alone of $645 billion, and admits in its own budget that the actual costs could be much higher than that, depending on permit prices over those years. Indeed, other estimates put the costs three times higher. So the increased burden on each Ameri can over this period alone would be $2,100 to $6,300. For a family with two children, that would be $8,400 to $25,200, with much more to come after 2019. These increased costs are effectively a new tax on the American...
  • Were Doomed If the EPA Continues to Embrace Bad Science

    04/20/2009 1:26:47 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 11 replies · 1,112+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 20th, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency began implementing Obama administration policy with a finding that man-made global warming is a threat to human health. This finding provides the legal foundation for massive regulation of American life that would ultimately chase remaining manufacturing out of the country, sharply reduce Americas standard of living, and tumble the American economy into long term decline. The EPA and Obama are just following the reports of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But the UN is as self-interested on this issue as the oil companies except that it tilts in the...
  • PETER FERRARA: Obama Is So Clueless About Federal Taxes

    04/16/2009 6:56:54 PM PDT · by PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut · 3 replies · 378+ views
    foxforum.blogs ^ | April 16th, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    Yesterday Obama said that average Americans: . . . need a government that is working to create jobs and opportunity for them, rather than simply giving more and more to those at the very top in the false hope that wealth trickles down . . .We start from the simple premise that we should reduce the tax burden on working people. . . Obama presents here a false caricature of Americas tax policy in the time before he became president, with tax cuts supposedly going only to the rich, while working people and the middle class bore the tax burden....
  • FERRARA: Rush's fans have rights, too

    04/05/2009 5:56:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies · 4,764+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 5, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    While President Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to attack conservative talk radio with some version of the Fairness Doctrine, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in open court last week may have thrown a bombshell into those plans. During oral argument in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, Justice Scalia said, "Do you think that there's a possibility that the First Amendment interest is greater when what the government is trying to stifle is not just a speaker who wants to say something but also a hearer who wants to hear what the speaker has to say?"...
  • The Constitutional Right to Listen

    01/28/2009 10:26:14 AM PST · by Delacon · 15 replies · 867+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 28, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    McCain-Feingold and the Fairness Doctrine hurt more than speakers rights.We usually think of freedom of speech as involving the right of speakers to speak, whether through public addresses, in writing, or over radio and television airwaves. But the courts have recognized an additional dimension to First Amendment free speech rights: the right to listen and watch. This right takes center stage in a current challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law and could play a role in the debate about the Fairness Doctrine. Every circuit appeals court has acknowledged the right to listen and watch. For example, in 2003s Rossignol...
  • Good Morning, Suckers (Excellent Summary of Rat Stimulus Pork Package -- Double Bag Barf Alert)

    01/28/2009 9:45:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies · 967+ views
    American Spectator ^ | January 28, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are playing the voters for fools with the so-called stimulus package. The massive $825 billion package is not even targeted on programs to stimulate the economy. Instead, it is laced with runaway government spending for increased welfare, overgrown bureaucracy, pork, political payoffs, and other waste. That runaway spending is causing record smashing deficits of $1.5 trillion or more, equivalent to over 50% of the entire federal budget for fiscal 2008. For example, the "stimulus" package includes $50 million for the National Endowment of the Arts to help "the arts community throughout the United States." Wouldn't...
  • What Conservatives Must Do Now (back to the grassroots)

    12/31/2008 6:26:21 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 73 replies · 1,334+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | December 31, 2008 | Peter Ferrara
    As we close out a disastrous 2008, a year in which Western Civilization essentially suffered a nervous breakdown, conservatives now must turn to two fundamental goals. First, we must stop the destructive policy initiatives of the Obama Administration and the liberal left now ruling in Washington (first prediction for 2009: the loony, far left Congress will consistently make the ultraliberal Obama Administration look moderate by comparison). Secondly, we must lay the foundation for our political comeback. Here is what we must do to achieve these goals: Return to the Grassroots First and most important is to build up mighty, grassroots...
  • The Pilgrims' Financial Crisis (How the Pilgrims learned the timeless principles of Capitalism)

    11/27/2008 8:03:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 1,311+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Nov 27,2008 | Peter Ferrara
    The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 were an idealistic lot. They were part of the broader Puritan movement believing that the Anglican Church, recognized in law as the official church of England, had strayed from true Christianity. SNIP But as the colony grew, this initial quasi-socialist community of share and share alike was not working to produce enough for essential basic needs, let alone the prosperity that was expected in the new world. Available wild supplies of food, in particular, were no longer enough. Bradford again wrote in his dairy, All this while no supply [of wild...
  • Investors Flee From 'Change' Obama Hypes

    10/27/2008 6:07:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,113+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 27, 2008 | JACK KEMP AND PETER FERRARA
    Are Barack Obama's proposed tax increases adversely affecting our financial markets? We say yes, unambiguously. The senator has done a masterful job distracting attention from his tax increases with his $500-per-worker tax credit supposedly for 95% of Americans. Obama has also set forth more than half a dozen additional refundable income tax credits targeted to low- and moderate-income workers for child care, education, housing, welfare, retirement, health care and other social purposes. These tax credits are devised to phase-out based on income, which will ultimately increase marginal income tax rates for middle-class workers. In other words, as you earn more,...
  • A New Opportunity for McCain

    09/30/2008 9:40:54 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies · 725+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 10-01-08 | Peter Ferrera - Commentary
    A New Opportunity for McCain By Peter Ferrara Published 10/1/2008 12:08:01 AM According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the financial crisis is all due to the Bush Administration's "right wing ideology of anything goes, no supervision, no oversight, no regulation." But at a hearing in the House in 2004, now available in video on YouTube, the Republicans sought to expand supervision and regulation, over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Federal regulators testified that the reckless financial practices of these two government-sponsored enterprises threatened the entire financial system. Republican after Republican called for a new regulatory authority to supervise Fannie and...
  • Morning in America (With one bold masterstroke, everything that was so wrong...)

    09/02/2008 9:53:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 395+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 9/3/2008 | Peter Ferrara
    With one bold masterstroke, everything that was so wrong with American politics has been made rightWith one bold masterstroke, everything that was so wrong with American politics has been made right. It is as if Frodo just dropped the Ring of Power in the lake of fire at Mount Doom, and, as the third book of The Lord of the Rings reports, "There was a roar and a great confusion of noise...Towers fell and mountains slid, walls crumbled and melted, crashing down....Then all the Captains of the West cried aloud, for their hearts were filled with a new hope in...
  • Flower Power (Obama Energy Policy....The Audacity of Ignorance or 'Don't ask, Don't drill)

    08/15/2008 1:25:41 PM PDT · by milwguy · 6 replies · 93+ views
    american spectator ^ | 08/15/2008 | Peter Ferrara
    Barack Obama proposes that we seize the profits of the oil companies and use them for $1,000 "energy rebate" checks to every working family in America. That is what he said in his speech in Lansing, Michigan on August 4, 2008, entitled "New Energy for America." Economist Donald Boudreaux pointed out that seizing all oil profits would still not be enough to fund these $1,000 giveaway checks. If the government is going to target an industry it has vilified in the public mind, loot all its profits, and then use the money for giveaway checks to buy votes, then what...
  • Flower Power(Obama`s Luddite Energy Policy)

    08/14/2008 8:48:26 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 8 replies · 117+ views ^ | 8/14/2008 | Peter Ferrara
    Just look at the legislation Obama has introduced in the Senate. The Oil SENSE Act, S. 115, would repeal the authorization in the 2005 Energy Policy Act for the Interior Department to study and inventory how much oil might be available under America's Outer Continental Shelf. Moreover, the bill would prohibit expanded use of 3-D seismic technology to locate and measure offshore oil deposits, even by the oil companies. As columnist Deroy Murdock explains, "Obama's Don't Ask, Don't Drill policy spurns [modern technology] and embraces outdated information gathered with obsolete instruments. This is the audacity of ignorance."
  • Shut Up and Produce Some Oil

    07/23/2008 2:32:38 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 31 replies · 193+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 7/23/2008 | Peter Ferrara
    Liberals are flailing about looking for some political cover on energy and gas prices. For decades now, they have supported the policies of extremists who have systematically sought to shut down every major energy source for our economy. We can't drill for oil offshore, we can't drill in the frozen tundra of north Alaska, we can't even develop oil shale on the mainland. Liberals are even opposing the development of new oil discoveries in the Plains states. Meanwhile, China is now producing oil from wells in Cuban waters off the coast of Florida, selling and reaping enormous profits from oil...
  • Obamas Left-Wing Extremism

    07/16/2008 6:13:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies · 63+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 16, 2008 | Peter Ferrara
    Barack Obama has proposed increasing every major Federal tax. He supports increasing individual income tax rates, allowing the Bush tax cuts, which cut rates for all income levels, to expire. He has proposed almost doubling the capital gains tax rate, from 15% today to 28%. He supports more than doubling the tax on dividends, from 15% to as high as 39%. He has proposed numerous corporate tax increases. He supports increasing the death tax back to the stratospheric levels that applied before President Bush. He supports increasing the payroll tax on higher income earners. In other words, if you run...
  • A Little Man Takes on Wal-Mart

    12/29/2005 9:40:18 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 16 replies · 1,244+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/22/05 | Donald Luskin
    Krugman is paid to play his baseless leftist games. Who was it that said that the measure of a man is what he worries about? President Bush is a big man who worries about big things like protecting America from global terrorism. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman Bushs most vicious media opponent and Americas looniest liberal pundit is a little man who worries about little things, such as whether conservative pundits are being paid too much by lobbyists, and whether retail workers are being paid too little by Wal-Mart. In his column Monday [subscription link via New...
  • Open Letter to Catholic Family News on Sedevacantism

    10/04/2005 6:46:54 PM PDT · by boromeo · 1 replies · 852+ views
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | August 30, 2005 | Joseph Maurer
    Open Letter to Catholic Family News on Sedevacantism by Joseph C. Maurer August 30, 2005 OPPOSITION TO THE ANTI-SEDEVACANTISTS As a long time subscriber to Catholic Family News (CFN) I was both shocked and puzzled by the lengthy article by Christopher Ferrara in the August ’05 issue attacking sedevacantists—or, the “Enterprise”, as he calls them collectively. It is understandable that there might be differences of opinion and spirited debate on the subject of sedevacantism but I never imagined I would see an article in CFN that exhibited such a steady stream of personal disparagement, insult and mean-spirited hectoring. What ever...
  • Sedevacantism and Mr. Ferrara's Cardboard Pope

    09/15/2005 4:25:54 AM PDT · by GratianGasparri · 64 replies · 1,496+ views ^ | Fr. Anthony Cekada
    THE CARDBOARD POPE Mr. Ferrara advocates essentially the same position as the Society of St. Pius X, Fr. Nicholas Gruner, and countless others: You claim to recognize Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI as true popes. At the same time YOU decide which papal teachings, laws, sacramental rites, or commands are good, and which youll reject, resist or publicly denounce. Under this system, a pope no longer possesses the supreme authority to bind and loose on earth. A New Jersey lawyer, the Superior General of SSPX, the CEO of the Fatima Industry, the editor of...
  • Senate Social Security Sellout? - Drop personal accounts? Are they nuts?

    04/12/2005 3:16:18 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 41 replies · 868+ views
    The Associated Press blares the headline that all conservatives have been dreading: GOP Considers Dropping Personal Accounts. The story begins, Senate Republican leaders are considering whether to seek Democratic support for Social Security legislation without the personal accounts. The story continues, top Republicans discussed an approach under which they would effectively acquiesce in an attempt to test the waters for bipartisan legislation without personal accounts. What would be included in such legislation? The story cites extending the payroll tax beyond the current $90,000 in income and raising the retirement age. It also refers to a proposal advanced by Sen. Robert...
  • Ryan-Sununu Bill Limits Government Spending

    04/11/2005 8:16:45 AM PDT · by ceoinva · 9 replies · 829+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4/11/05 | Peter Ferrara
    Personal accounts for Social Security should be the No. 1 economic policy priority for conservatives because, if done right, they would result in the greatest reduction in government in history. If the payment of Social Security retirement benefits were shifted to personal accounts, as envisioned by the Ryan-Sununu bill, federal spending would drop by 5% of GDP. Federal spending is currently 20% of GDP but will rise dramatically in the future if we do not adopt fundamental reforms of all entitlement programs now. Ryan-Sununu would finance about half the transition to personal accounts through limitations in projected total federal spending....
  • Social Security: Mythmaking and Policymaking

    02/09/2005 10:06:52 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 15 replies · 909+ views
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Published in The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty - December 2003 | by John Attarian
    As Social Securitys critics know, the government program is robed in myths, for example, that it is insurance financed with a trust fund, paying guaranteed benefits as a matter of earned right. These myths have given most Americans a mistaken understanding of Social Security. As a result, they perniciously affected policymaking in the past and severely constrain reform options today. Beginning in 1935, when Social Security was enacted, the programs administrators made a huge effort to shape the publics understanding of and beliefs about it. In speeches, articles, pamphlets, and other mass-circulation literature, they described Social Security as insurance under...
  • Squelching Fr. Gruner's "Squawking Squire"

    09/16/2003 11:21:31 AM PDT · by Hermann the Cherusker · 35 replies · 315+ views
    Rerum Novarum Blog ^ | I. Shawn McElhinney
    Squelching Fr. Gruner's "Squawking Squire"Written by I. Shawn McElhinney It is inevitable that in the disputes over how Catholic Tradition is to be understood that you will find those who claim to be "the true believers" in essence. In today's climate, they often masquerade under the deceptive title of "traditionalists" and use this as a cloak to mask attitudes and approaches which are contrary to what the Catholic Church teaches. Like all pseudo movements, false "traditionalism" attacks either (i) the divinely vested magisterial authority itself or (ii) those to whom the authority invests with authority by proxy. Of the...