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Posted by Mark on July 10, 2002

Okay, can we pleeeeaaaassse put this whole Democratic attack on Bush about Harkin energy to rest? Byron York, again, tells what is known. The questions being asked by Mr Daschle, Terry McAuliffe et al all come down to this: Is George W. Bush basically honest and ethical? The resounding answer, again and again, is yes. Again and again, they have attacked his integrity, his basic moral character.

The idea behind the attack is that since Clinton was attacked for eight years, primarily on the basis of his character, surely Mr Bush can be attacked on the same grounds. Here’s the difference. Can you honestly say that William J. Clinton is basically honest and ethical? Deep down in your soul, can you honestly say that? Didn’t think so. I don’t know many people who can say that.

You can make that claim about George W Bush, and have evidence from the past 9 months to back it up. Can you make the same claim about ANY nine month period of the Clinton Administration? Go ahead, give it a shot.

Read the article by Byron York. Makes a whole lot of sense. More sense than Tom Daschle, etc.

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Posted by Mark on July 10, 2002

Walter Williams takes a break from The Speech, to give an insightful look at how airport security fits into the “Civic Religion of Liberalism.” I like that phrase.

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Posted by Mark on July 10, 2002

The general idea behind this morning’s editorials on The Speech from yesterday is that it was pretty good, but a little late.

Michael Kelly certainly thinks so, as does the lead editorial from The Wall Street Journal.

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Posted by Mark on July 10, 2002

Walter Williams takes a break from The Speech, to give an insightful look at how airport security fits into the “Civic Religion of Liberalism.” I like that phrase.

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Posted by Mark on July 10, 2002

The general idea behind this morning’s editorials on The Speech from yesterday is that it was pretty good, but a little late.
Michael Kelly certainly thinks so, as does the lead editorial from The Wall Street Journal.

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Posted by Mark on July 10, 2002

Well folks, Mr Bush gave The Speech today. The difference between Mr Bush and the Democrats is this:

Mr Bush speaks of ethics and integrity, Mr Daschle et al. speak of more laws.

The difference is striking, and profound.

Here’s the heart of the speech, and a glimpse into the heart of the President.

Tougher laws and stricter requirements will help. It will help. Yet, ultimately, the ethics of American business depend on the conscience of America’s business leaders. We need men and women of character who know the difference between ambition and destructive greed, between justified risks and irresponsibility, between enterprise and fraud.

Our schools of business must be principled teachers of right and wrong and not surrender to moral confusion and relativism.

Our leaders of business must set high and clear expectations of conduct, demonstrated by their own conduct. Responsible business leaders do not jump ship during hard times. Responsible leaders do not collect huge bonus packages when the value of their company dramatically declines. Responsible leaders do not take home tens of millions of dollars in compensation as their companies prepared to file for bankruptcy, devastating the holdings of their investors.

Everyone in a company should live up to high standards, but the burden of leadership rightly belongs to the chief executive officer. CEOs set the ethical direction for their companies. They set a moral tone by the decisions they make, the respect they show their employees and their willingness to be held accountable for their actions. They set a moral tone by showing their disapproval of other executives who bring discredit to the business world.

It starts at the top. “It” can be either the corruption, or the ethics that have made American Capitalism function.

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