A mild earthquake shook the Washington, DC area this morning. The 3.6 magnitude trembler was the largest ever recorded for the area.Via Facebook
The USGS attributed the incident to all of the Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves at the same time.
Congressman Paul Ryan's appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box gives us a clear map of the "fork in the road" we will face as a debt crisis and entitlement explosion are soon to collide. Ryan would surely choose the path less traveled by many politicians including our Progressive President:
"Are we going to reclaim the American idea -- an entrepreneurial economy where you make the most of your life, you tap your potential, we reinvigorate the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise -- and defend the morality of that -- or are we going to abandon that and switch over toward a European-style, cradle-to-grave welfare state where we drain people of their incentive and will to make the most of their lives and make them more dependent on the government?"
"[Progressives] believe that we ought to have the government so much more involved in our lives, as the more determining factor in our lives, rather than ourselves. So we have to ask ourselves a question: Do we want an entrepreneurial society that gets prosperity turned back on in the 21st century, where individual merit, entrepreneurial activity defines the American economy, or are we going to have more and more people dependent on the government for their livelihoods? And that is going to drain them of their ability and their will to make the most of their lives. That's sort of the fork in the road we are at, and it's really being precipitated by the current direction of our government and the debt crisis because of entitlement explosion that's coming in the future. Those things are coming together. We've got to make a decision in 2010 and in 2012 what kind of country we want to be in the 21st century economy."
"It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
A few more great choices in Saturday reading:
Saturday reads: Campus "diversity," Big Brother and your BMI
A mid-summer's political outlook
Krauthammer Warns of Four More Years
Via Anne Leary: Obama’s Beach Blanket Recovery: It’s Happy, Snappy & Incredibly Crappy.
Darth Vader, Only You Could be so Bold
Via Potluck The Living Hologram's Popularity Sucks and it's all W's Fault