Sex and Power

This leads to the true motivation.  This is about sexual abuse, but sex is just the instrument. The motivation is the ultimate aphrodisiac: power.  These abusers on the left and the right indicate they can not be trusted with power.  Their thrill is the use of power.

The Rejection of Ideology

I have been enjoying the Remnant podcasts from Jonah Goldberg. He wrote one of my favorite books on politics, Liberal Fascism. He has had several political wonks on the podcast and he ends with the question, “What have you learned…

Sexual Politics

by Henry Oliner Republicans and Alabamans are being judged because they are looking past Roy Moore’s moral and ethical transgressions to maintain their party’s political power.  Where would they ever get such an idea? If Moore wins or loses the…

Psychological Threat to Conservatism

from Clay Routledge at National Review, Roy Moore and the Decline of the Conservative Mind- He and Trump are right-wing manifestations of victimhood culture. The biggest threats to conservatism are psychological, not demographic, trends. As an actual philosophy of life and not…

The High Cost of Good Intentions – A Book Review

By Henry Oliner The High Cost of Good Intentions- A History of U.S. Entitlement Programs by John Cogan may be the first comprehensive look at the growth and dynamics of this government function.  It is meticulously researched and documented, yet…

Government and The Golden Rule

from David French at National Review, Public Servants, Your Responsibilities Trump Your Right to Partisan Participation As for me, I’m done with giving government employees the benefit of the doubt. Want me to have confidence in your fairness, prudence, and good…

Subjects and Citizens

from The John Conyers Abdication by Ben Shapiro at National Review: Americans love to mock the British for their addiction to royalty. But the fact is that we have created our own version of royalty in our politics, right down…

The Deficit- Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven, Nobody Wants to Die

from Jonah Goldberg at National Review, How to Tell When Deficits are Bad As a matter of economic policy, conservatives believe that the people themselves are better at spending their money than the government is. Cutting taxes and regulations drives economic…

The Perversion of the Risk Pool

Kevin Williams writes on health insurance The Private Option- Back to Square One in National Review.   We have written about the problem with cross subsidization driving up costs, the perverted incentives of third party payers and the tax incentives to…

Health Care Reform in 21 Words

In 2010 during the health care debate Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall (GA- my district) published an article in National Review about increasing consumer pressure on health care.  Read Real Health Care Reform- Why America must move away from its third-party-payer…

The Price of Rage

by Henry Oliner One of a few themes that I return to in this blog is the fascination with poor decisions from very intelligent people. It has led me from  reading history to reading about the way we think and…

The Hillary Factor

by Henry Oliner Did Donald Trump win the election, or did Hillary Clinton lose it?  It may seem irrelevant, but it does have bearing on the midterms. Hillary’s likability is used as a cloak to obscure severe character flaws and…

The Difficulty of Entitlement Reform

by Henry Oliner I have begun reading The High Cost of Good Intentions-  A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs by John F. Cogan.  It is an impressive look at the problem. Entitlements go back to the Revolutionary War. Limited…

Economic Superstition

Presidents get too much credit and blame for an economy as if it turns on a dime the moment they are elected.  The right want to credit Trump for the sharp rise since he was elected, but attributes no credit…

Rebel Yid Tax Proposal 2017 11 29

A flat 5% rate ON ALL INCOME. Earned, unearned, dividends, capital gain, muni bond, treasuries. THEN A $10,000 personal exemption. $20,000 per couple. A 10% tax on all earned income above that. The first $100,000 of dividends and investment income…

Tax Thoughts 2017 11 29

by Henry Oliner Corporate tax cuts are opposed because the company will not spend it as the political brokers wish.  There is no guarantee they will use it to create jobs.  But having a more competitive tax rate may make…

Character and Conspiracy

by Henry Oliner The stream of sexual predatory behavior since Weinstein has the usual media suspects struggling for an explanation.  While several players from the right are scarred- Roy Moore, Bill O’Reilly, and Donald Trump- the surprise is the deluge…

Clarifying Capitalism

From Andy Kessler in The Wall Street Journal, Quit Modifying Capitalism (paywall) State Sponsored Capitalism (China) Casino Capitalism (Bernie Sanders) Sustainable Capitalism (Al Gore) Patrimonial Capitalism (Piketty) Surveillance Capitalism ( new one for me-  Ivy League origin) Popular Capitalism Conscious Capitalism (John…

The Limits of Rent Seeking

from Garry, Patrick M.. The False Promise of Big Government: How Washington Helps the Rich and Hurts the Poor (Kindle Locations 336-343). Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Kindle Edition. In 2015 the Capital Research Center reported that GE had spent more than $300…

The Libertarian Minority

From What Happened to the ‘Libertarian Moment’? by Henry Olsen in National Review Now it is true that the Republican party is overwhelmingly conservative and that most conservatives oppose high taxes and government direction of society. Polls have shown for decades…