Saturday, January 24, 2009

Letter to the RNC

I received a letter this week from the Republican National Committee. I decided to send them a formal response:

Mr. Robert M. Duncan
Chairman
Republican National Committee

Mr. Duncan:
I received your solicitation of January 16Th, 2009. As you know, I have occasionally contributed to the RNC and, over the years, directly to various Republican candidates.

However, I feel that the candidates I supported completely betrayed me. For years, I've railed and fulminated about "tax and spend Democrats". But the Republicans over the past decade became something far worse: spend and borrow Republicans.

Why is this far worse?

President Regan demonstrated that a tax cut, associated with some fiscal discipline, can generate quick results. However, the borrowing created by spend and borrow lasts for decades, damaging the Republic, perhaps for multiple future generations.

So, let's cut to it. Forget a "no new taxes" pledge: anyone who believes we are going to get out of this debt mess without raising taxes is either too stupid for us to vote for or too ignorant economically to deserve to be in office. No, what I want is a "no earmarks" pledge.

You can save the print and postage to my address until the candidates are ready to sign a no earmarks pledge.

Respectfully,

Thursday, January 01, 2009

PC Magazine

Many of my favorite magazines continue to wither away - joining Look and Life in magazine heaven. I was a dedicated reader of Red Herring, loved the practical - and occasionally snarky - Business 2.0.

PC Magazine announces on the inside that the January issue is its last print version; from now on it will be an e-zine. It really isn't all that surprising. There aren't dozens of PC producers anymore fighting for our business. No more Eagle, Brick, WYSE, DEC, Tandy, Packard Bell, Swan or even IBM. And not much invention happening in software either. No competition=no advertising. I understand it even though I don't like it.

Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff wrote a "Dear Reader" letter bound into the January edition. In it he tried to convince me that the e-zine format is just as good. His first two points are: "It arrives in youre-mail automatically." and " It is portable". Well, Lance, the magazine arrived in my mail box automatically, and is more portable than my laptop. And, when I'm sitting in the airport, I don't have to wait for it to boot up. I can mark a page and pick it back up at any time - minutes or weeks later. I can shift to any postion I want to get comfortable when I read it, and I don't have to worry about battery time. You failed to convince me - but I don't have any choice if I want to continue to get the info, do I?