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Random Talking Points on the Terrorist Attacks

Wednesday, 12 September 2001 12:00 AM

Bill Clinton promised a war on terrorism while he was in office. Was there a war? If so, the terrorists have won – up to this point.

  • More signs that the terrorists won: Both Peter Jennings of ABC and Tom Brokaw of NBC were discussing what essential liberties Americans would have to give up in the wake of these attacks. The enemies of our country are also the enemies of freedom. They view a discussion on what freedoms Americans will have to give up as an indication of the success of their terror campaign.

  • Virtually all of the hijacked airplanes were coast-to-coast flights. Why? Because they had full loads of fuel, that's why. Flying bombs.

  • I have spoken many times of the pitiful level of competence of those people who man our airport security checks. Don't we now know for an absolute certainty that our system of screening passengers and their luggage is completely inadequate? When it comes to protecting me on a commercial flight, I don't want to depend on people whose only viable second career choice would be cooking French fries. We have seen a total and complete utter failure of the security system protecting our nation's airports.

  • That hijacked airplane that crashed outside Pittsburgh? There is some indication that the passengers of that airplane rushed the hijackers.

  • Did you know that American Airlines was recently fined by the FAA? The reason? Poor passenger screening.

  • Manhattan is littered with women's shoes. Why? Women trying to flee the scene of the terrorist attacks were abandoning their high heels.

  • Barbara Olson was reported to be on the hijacked airliner that crashed into the Pentagon. Barbara Olson is the wife of Solicitor General Ted Olson. She's also the woman who wrote the book "Hell to Pay," a rather unflattering, though accurate, portrayal of Hillary Clinton.

  • Heard yesterday on MSNBC: Andrea Mitchell saying "It would be a challenge for a less-articulate president to rally the country." Now that quote isn't exact ... but the "less-articulate president" was there. It is time for the nation's leftist media to abandon this "Bush is a dummy" campaign.

  • We've all see those videos of Palestinians dancing in the streets. Ugly? Yeah, it's ugly. But put it in perspective. Many of those you saw were kids, teenagers. They have no real concept of what America is, who Americans are or what has happened here. For some of the older ones you saw on television – if you were to put them on an airplane and fly them to New York to see the bodies, the burned, the injured ... they would be horrified. Horrified not only at what they saw, but at their very own demonstrations of glee. Those aren't the people we need to blame.

  • You have to ask ... would this tragedy have happened today if America had shown the resolve to rid the world of Saddam Hussein in 1991? Shows of weakness or timidity invite actions of this type. Bullies love to pick on big guys who won't fight back.

  • I wonder of the hideous cowards who launched this attack on innocent American civilians have any idea just what they have done and the almost certain consequences of their actions. Were they fooled by the apparent dissention in American political life? If so, that will turn out to have been a fatal error. Someone is soon to learn that you don't screw with Americans or America. We may argue among ourselves – but we are perfectly capable of binding together to respond with dangerous resolve against terrorists who attack us on our own soil.

    We Are Going to Have to

    Yesterday we were getting calls from some who wanted to blame Bill Clinton. Other callers wanted to put the blame on George W. Bush.

    Yesterday wasn't the day … but the day will come. Where was our intelligence? What has happened to our CIA? There can be no argument that the intelligence-gathering capabilities of the CIA were nearly gutted during Carter's presidency. Clinton promised a war on terrorism – and failed to deliver. Bush? He may have generally ignored specific warnings of upcoming terrorist acts. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered.

    Price Gouging on Gasoline

    There seems to be much talk this morning about "price gouging" at gasoline stations around the country. Price gouging? Just what is price gouging?

    A question: Do you folks think that there is some reason to believe that crude oil prices are going to go up as a result of the terrorist attack? Yeah, me too, and we're not even in the business!

    Now, let's break this down to the most basic, simple level. We're going to put you in business selling gasoline. But you only get to sell gasoline one gallon at a time. You buy a gallon from the wholesaler – you sell it to your customer – you use the money you made selling the gas to your customer to buy your next gallon from the wholesaler and, hopefully, there will be some left over for you.

    OK – here we go. You are now open for business. You pay the wholesaler $1.00 for a gallon of gas. You then sell that gasoline to your customer for $1.25. You then buy your next gallon for a buck and are left with your margin of 25 cents. Out of that quarter you pay all of your operating costs. There you sit with another gallon of gas waiting for your next customer.

    Suddenly you learn that the next gallon of gasoline you buy from your wholesaler is going to cost you $1.35. That's the next gallon, though. You still have the gallon that you bought for $1.00 and you're waiting for a customer to come along and buy it. But wait! If you sell your gallon of gasoline to your customer for only $1.25, you aren't going to have enough money to buy the next gallon from the wholesaler! Your wholesaler is going to want $1.35 – and you're a dime short! In fact, you are worse than a dime short – you will still have your operating expenses to pay out of the quarter you will make on your current gallon. So, what to do? If you sell that gallon of gas you already have for the previous price – for $1.25 – you're out of business. Done.

    How do you stay in business? You raise the price on the gallon of gas you already have. You raise the price enough so that you will have enough money to, at the very minimum, buy your next gallon (which is going to cost you $1.35), and maybe enough to cover at least some of your operating expenses as well.

    See? Simple, isn't it? In a free-market economy you can't ask retailers to take a loss on the sale of their goods. That invites economic disaster. Instead of encouraging those who know nothing about business economics, but who do know how to scream "price gouging," the media ought to undertake a little basic economic instruction. People can learn.

    Shutting Down Gun Sales

    I'm told that Kmart, Sports Authority and other retail outlets in this country have suspended the sale of firearms to civilians. Well, that makes sense, doesn't it? America and Americans come under attack, and you make it harder for Americans to obtain the tools of self-defense.

    All of the Enemies of Freedom Don't Live in the Middle East

    While we recover from the shock of the attacks on our countrymen, don't forget – the enemies of freedom don't only live overseas. It is, indeed, time to unite against our foreign enemies. It is also time to remember that some of those with whom we unite are also dangerous to the cause of liberty.

    Your Next Trip to the Airport

    Heard this morning that one FAA official has said that this is the "end of curbside baggage check-ins." That's a bit odd, isn't it? Has anyone heard anything that implicates curbside check-in? You can also expect to see an end to non-passengers going past the security checkpoints.

    One thing for certain: Airport security will intensify. Maybe they'll start hiring people with, shall we say, a higher level of intelligence? I'm told the annual turnover of Harts Field's security staff is near 400 percent. I've shared my security horror stories with you in the past. I still remember watching two women who were supposed to watching the screening monitors comparing their most recent nail decorations as my bag cruised right on through. Let these people go cook French fries and clean motel rooms. Start hiring qualified people.

    Neal Boortz is the hugely popular nationally syndicated radio host.

  • Yesterday we were getting calls from some who wanted to blame Bill Clinton. Other callers wanted to put the blame on George W. Bush.

    Yesterday wasn't the day … but the day will come. Where was our intelligence? What has happened to our CIA? There can be no argument that the intelligence-gathering capabilities of the CIA were nearly gutted during Carter's presidency. Clinton promised a war on terrorism – and failed to deliver. Bush? He may have generally ignored specific warnings of upcoming terrorist acts. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered.

    There seems to be much talk this morning about "price gouging" at gasoline stations around the country. Price gouging? Just what is price gouging?

    A question: Do you folks think that there is some reason to believe that crude oil prices are going to go up as a result of the terrorist attack? Yeah, me too, and we're not even in the business!

    Now, let's break this down to the most basic, simple level. We're going to put you in business selling gasoline. But you only get to sell gasoline one gallon at a time. You buy a gallon from the wholesaler – you sell it to your customer – you use the money you made selling the gas to your customer to buy your next gallon from the wholesaler and, hopefully, there will be some left over for you.

    OK – here we go. You are now open for business. You pay the wholesaler $1.00 for a gallon of gas. You then sell that gasoline to your customer for $1.25. You then buy your next gallon for a buck and are left with your margin of 25 cents. Out of that quarter you pay all of your operating costs. There you sit with another gallon of gas waiting for your next customer.

    Suddenly you learn that the next gallon of gasoline you buy from your wholesaler is going to cost you $1.35. That's the next gallon, though. You still have the gallon that you bought for $1.00 and you're waiting for a customer to come along and buy it. But wait! If you sell your gallon of gasoline to your customer for only $1.25, you aren't going to have enough money to buy the next gallon from the wholesaler! Your wholesaler is going to want $1.35 – and you're a dime short! In fact, you are worse than a dime short – you will still have your operating expenses to pay out of the quarter you will make on your current gallon. So, what to do? If you sell that gallon of gas you already have for the previous price – for $1.25 – you're out of business. Done.

    How do you stay in business? You raise the price on the gallon of gas you already have. You raise the price enough so that you will have enough money to, at the very minimum, buy your next gallon (which is going to cost you $1.35), and maybe enough to cover at least some of your operating expenses as well.

    See? Simple, isn't it? In a free-market economy you can't ask retailers to take a loss on the sale of their goods. That invites economic disaster. Instead of encouraging those who know nothing about business economics, but who do know how to scream "price gouging," the media ought to undertake a little basic economic instruction. People can learn.

    I'm told that Kmart, Sports Authority and other retail outlets in this country have suspended the sale of firearms to civilians. Well, that makes sense, doesn't it? America and Americans come under attack, and you make it harder for Americans to obtain the tools of self-defense.

    While we recover from the shock of the attacks on our countrymen, don't forget – the enemies of freedom don't only live overseas. It is, indeed, time to unite against our foreign enemies. It is also time to remember that some of those with whom we unite are also dangerous to the cause of liberty.

    Heard this morning that one FAA official has said that this is the "end of curbside baggage check-ins." That's a bit odd, isn't it? Has anyone heard anything that implicates curbside check-in? You can also expect to see an end to non-passengers going past the security checkpoints.

    One thing for certain: Airport security will intensify. Maybe they'll start hiring people with, shall we say, a higher level of intelligence? I'm told the annual turnover of Harts Field's security staff is near 400 percent. I've shared my security horror stories with you in the past. I still remember watching two women who were supposed to watching the screening monitors comparing their most recent nail decorations as my bag cruised right on through. Let these people go cook French fries and clean motel rooms. Start hiring qualified people.

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