June 5, 2006


And Now For Some Good News (Peter Wehner, June 5, 2006, Washington Post)

Social Indicators: We are witnessing a remarkable cultural renewal in America. Violent crime rates remain at the lowest levels in the history of the Bureau of Justice Statistics' survey (which started in 1973). We are experiencing the sharpest decline in teen crime in modern history. Property crimes are near the lowest levels in the history of the federal survey. Welfare caseloads have declined almost 60 percent since 1996. Both the abortion rate and ratio are at the lowest levels we have seen in the 30-year period these data have been tracked. African American and Hispanic fourth-graders posted the highest reading and math scores in the history of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test. The use of illegal drugs by teens has dropped 19 percent since 2001, while the use of hallucinogens such as LSD and ecstasy has declined by more than half.

The teen birth rate has fallen for a dozen consecutive years. The percentage of high school students who reported having had sex is significantly lower than in the early 1990s. The divorce rate has fallen steadily for over a decade. And teen smoking has dropped by almost 50 percent since the late '90s. [...]

The Economy : The American economy is the strongest in the world and growing faster than that of any other major industrialized country. It grew at an annual rate of 5.3 percent in the first quarter -- the fastest growth in 2 1/2 years. It has added more than 5.3 million jobs since the summer of 2003, and employment is near an all-time high. The unemployment rate (4.6 percent) is well below the average for each of the past four decades. Mortgage rates remain near historical lows, homeownership remains near a record high, and sales of new and existing homes reached record levels in 2005. Real disposable personal income has risen almost 13 percent since President Bush took office; and core inflation rose just 2.3 percent over the past 12 months. The Dow Jones industrial average has risen from under 7300 in 2002 to above 11,000 for most of this year. Tax revenues are at an all-time high -- and so is total household net worth.

National Security : Perhaps no nation has ever been as dominant as the United States is today -- and we are using our military power to promote great purposes. As a reference point, it's worth recalling that the 1930s and early-'40s were regarded by many as the twilight of freedom. Democratic societies were threatened both internally (by a depression) and externally (by Nazism and fascism). There were only a dozen or so democracies on the planet.

Today we are witnessing one of the swiftest advances of freedom in history. In the past four years more than 110 million people have joined the ranks of the free -- and for the first time freedom is taking root in the Middle East.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 5, 2006 12:06 PM

Walter Duranty's cover-up of Stalin's forced starvation of millions in the 1930's. The media's depiction of the Tet Offensive as a defeat for the U.S., when even North Vietnam's top military commanders admitted it was a crushing blow to their efforts to conquer the South. Today's constant flow of reporting that shows us losing in Iraq, our economy in tatters and hundreds raped and murdered in the New Orleans Superdome.

These and other examples show what happens when the media puts its own political biases ahead of the truth. Unfortunately, it can work for a time. Because while we eventually won the battle against Communism, as we will against Islamo-Fascists, millions suffered and died in the Gulags and re-education camps ... many because of the lies told and retold by Pulitzer and Nobel prize winning writers.

The descendants of Durante and Cronkite would have us believe we are losing this war, too. But in fact, the Mission Accomplished banner spoke more truth than a year's worth of the NY Times.

Posted by: JSK at June 5, 2006 12:46 PM

Haditha! Gas $3/gal! Don't you realize how awful life is under a Republican administration? /sarc

Posted by: Gideon at June 5, 2006 12:46 PM

The world hates the USA, we're living under a dictatorship, Bush has created an army of heartless military thugs and the economy is about to plunge to depths unknown since Herbert Hoover was president! [moonbat mentality chip *OFF*]

Posted by: Jayson at June 5, 2006 4:40 PM

Finally the boomers are retiring and dying off, leaving the running of the country and the directing of our culture to more responsible and realistic generations.

Posted by: Shelton at June 5, 2006 5:20 PM

From the Rottweiler's blog:

"Tree. Rope. Journalist. Some assembly required."

I am a gentle soul ... the type of driver who will swerve to avoid hitting a small animal. Even a frog. But the Rottweiler's sentiment resonates.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 5, 2006 8:47 PM