I am a very proud Citizen of the United States. That took place in early 2008 after a seven year legal journey. As you can imagine, I have some views on immigration which you will find in these pages from time to time.
I was born in London, England and have been American in my attitudes for as long as I can remember. The Constitution should be regarded as a sacred document. Unfortunately as each year passes it seems to be less important. We have a President who told the American People BEFORE he was elected that the Constitution was a "flawed document". That would have been electoral suicide just a few short years ago. I remember when we were trying to help Iraq write it's constitution I said on the radio "we should give them ours! After all, we stopped using it years ago".
I started work as a journalist in 1976 when at the tender age of 16 I got a job on the Jerusalem Post. Recently I have been guest hosting talk radio around the country. Prior to that, you could have heard The Simon Conway Radio Experience.
I am a radio talk show host whose conservative outlook was forged in my native UK, where I experienced the considerable downsides of European-style socialism. I have a unique insight into health care and all the other trappings of a socialist society because I've already lived through where we are headed.
National Republicans seem so out of touch with their members that they expressed genuine shock that Conservatives were horrified when the details of the budget deal were announced.
Paul Ryan - while repeatedly saying something to the effect of "I'm a conservative" to anyone who would listen, described the reaction by groups such as Heritage as "a strange new normal."
Speaker John Boehner went further. "They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals," he said. "This is ridiculous."
What he is talking about is a letter - National Review has more: "Though conservatives support more spending restraint, the discretionary spending limits defined in the Budget Control Act represent a promise to the American people to marginally slow the growth of government," reads a letter signed by the heads of Heritage Action, the Family Research Council, and the American Conservative Union. Heritage Action's Michael Needham penned an op-ed in USA Today on Tuesday calling the deal "a step backward." The Cato Institute called the deal a "huge Republican cave-in."
The GOP is so worried about being blamed for another shutdown and losing ground to the decimated democrats, that frankly this cave in was totally expected as we enter an election year.
And that is indeed what it is. People who are serious about controlling spending need to stand for something. Conservatives tell us they stand for smaller Government and big spending cuts without tax increases. If that's true, then anyone voting for this has some explaining to do. We'll talk about it on depth tomorrow on my show.
So as I continue my vacation in Florida, I was reminded this morning that today marks the 15th anniversary of NASA astronauts connecting the first two modules of the International Space Station.
We of course now live in a world where we have to do one of two things – hitch a ride into space with our good buddies the Russians ($50 Million per astronaut) or we have to use private companies to deliver things.
That of course prompted something else in my mind. The speed with which private companies have got themselves up and running and able to deliver packages into space has been phenomenal! We should applaud them and we should wonder just how much further on we might be if we’d allowed this many years ago.
The one thing I know for certain is that we belong in space. There are strategic reasons for us to be there. We know there is a mini shuttle being operated by our military and we have no idea what it does. But now with India, China, Russia and Japan all hotly pursuing space, we would be at very best “stupid” not to be in there looking to push the boundaries.
Does it cost money? Of course! But we have it if only we would spend it wisely. If only we wouldn’t order cargo planes from Italy that when they arrive are sent immediately to the bone yard. How many other projects like that do we have?
So I’m a big fan of private enterprise and we should encourage them and make our existing launch facilities available to them, but we also need to hurry up and catch up before we lose the space race that even JFK knew we could not afford to lose.
Simon and I pretty much do this every day.