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Romney and Clinton

Romney’s answer, in the debate that will be aired tonight at best is meaningless liberal nonsense and worse dangerous liberal nonsense (transcript via Byron York):

MATTHEWS: Governor Romney…if you were president of the United States, would you need to go to Congress to get authorization to take military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities?

ROMNEY: You sit down with your attorneys and tell you what you have to do, but obviously the president of the United States has to do what’s in the best interest of the United States to protect us against a potential threat. The president did that as he was planning on moving into Iraq and received the authorization of Congress…

Romney’s awful, awful answer is made all the worse by Hillary Clinton’s American Retirement Accounts private social security plan.

Hilldog will be hard enough to beat, even without a Massachusetts governor flanking her to the left…

Clinton right on Baby Bonds

My friend (and fellow-Husker) Jason of SoDaPo criticizes Hillary Clinton for her baby bonds proposal. (Baby bonds grant newbornes $5,000 to be invested, that can be cashed out for either a first home or a college education.)

Baby bonds are a truly good idea. Home-ownership and college education generate positive externalities: they are not only good for the individuals who go down those roads, but also for the country as a whole. That is one reason that the government subsidizes both.

As someone who cares about the country but also is suspicious of big government, I’m OK with the first part (helping out home ownership and college education) but suspicious of the second (a large faceless bureaucracy making the big decisions on its timetable).

Thus, I support Hilldog’s great idea. Baby bonds are a first step in what President Bush calls an “ownership society,” where many social welfare initiatives and not hand-outs but rather capitalizations. Baby bonds connect every family in the country to the bond market in a meaningful sense. (Everyone already is through social security and medicare, but decades of misconception cloud that fact.) Finally, baby bonds amount to a delayed payment for procreation — a great idea in a world where growing our population is a prime concern.

Hillary Clinton: Huzzah!