Monthly Archives: March 2012

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

An Affront to Self Government

Mark Steyn writes in National Review Online, Swinging Kennedy,The liberties of more than 300 million people hinge on just one man , 3/31/12.  Steyn ponders how we arrived at a point where one of the most controversial pieces of legislation,…

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Demand, Risk, and Friction Costs

Government economists justify stimulus as an effort to reinforce demand when the private demand volume is insufficient to maintain growth.  But demand varies by industry and is often only a partial explanation of the incentive to invest.  Stimulus policies assume…

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The Timid Minimum Wage

At The National Review Online, Deroy Murdock writes Minimum Wage: $100 Per Hour? Don’t be small-minded, America. 3/26/12 Excerpt: This super-stimulus would propel America’s GDP to Himalayan heights. A $100-per-hour minimum wage would give America’s 133 million workers at least $27.7 trillion…

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Growth is Not Made in Washington

Economist Scott Grannis hits a home run in his blog, Calafia Beach Pundit in The natural forces of recovery, 3/28/12 This post is worthy in every sentence and is hard to excerpt.  Please read it in its entirety. Still, excerpts: Businesses have cut…

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Of Wheat and Health Care

Investor’s Business Daily Thomas Sowell writes Obscure Court Decision Gives Government Sweeping Power, 3/26/12. Excerpt: Roscoe Filburn was an Ohio farmer who grew some wheat to feed his family and some farm animals. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture fined him…

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Guesses, Theories and Science

William Happer writes in the Wall Street Journal, Global Warming Models Are Wrong Again, 3/26/12 Excerpt: It is easy to be confused about climate, because we are constantly being warned about the horrible things that will happen or are already…

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Finding Federal Boundaries

The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes Liberty and Obama Care 3/23/12: Select Excerpts: The Supreme Court will not be ruling about matters of partisan conviction, or the President’s re-election campaign, or even about health care at all. The lawsuit filed by…

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Theopolitics

The affluent peoples of the world have all the bread they need, but have lost the appetite for life. Americans are ill-quipped to emphasize with the existential fears of other nations. America is the great exception to the demographic collapse…

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Yes, There is a War Against Women

While the delicate flowers of the feminist movement recoil at the horror of being called names or having to pay for their own birth control, there is a real war against women.  But it isn’t here. from the Al Arabiya News, Nearly…

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A Tax on Virtue

I recall the response of Richard Timberlake, the noted PhD economist, when someone asked him if he was an Austrian economist, a monetary economist or a Keynesian economist.  He responded that there is bad economics and good economics. Good economics…

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Tanner on Obamacare

Today’s Reading: MARCH 21, 2012 At National Review Online,  Obamacare, Two Years Later  It’s still a failure. By Michael Tanner: “…regardless of whether the Court upholds Obamacare or strikes it down, in whole or in part, we should understand that, simply…

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The Worst Form of Capitalism

The Right frequently calls the President a socialist?  The left protests that it just isn’t true.  Is it? Socialism, fascism and communism all share belief in some large degree in government control of the means of production.  They all stand…

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Slut-gate Counterattack

Is There a War on Women by Andrew Klaven in Pajama’s Media Excerpt: If feminists are going to verbally assault men then misogynists (a misogynist being the flip side of a feminist) are going to fire back. If women are…

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Hateless Hate Crime

On the Rutgers Hate Crime Judgment Hate Crimes And The Rutgers SpyCam Case

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The War Against Women

In the search for inflammatory rhetoric a jackpot was found with the phrase “the war against women”, usually used to describe Republican social agendas.  I have always found it a bit silly but I avoided any comment probably because I…

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Oil Prices Are Only a Symptom

Larry Kudlow writes King Dollar Will Cut Oil Prices in Townhall. Excerpts: A stronger dollar is key. The Joint Economic Committee just put out a study showing that a 10 to 15 percent appreciation of the greenback to pre-recession levels…

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Wealth Distribution and Social Stability

Economics is a relatively new profession compared to the physical sciences.  Seeking to explain and predict man’s behavior, economic thought has sought a balance between the forces that propel man to reach his potential and the social dynamics that govern…

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Hate Crime Failure

The thinking behind making hate crimes a distinct but additional offense is that the violence perpetrated extends to more than just the direct victim.  Criminals who commit act of violence because of a victim’s race, religion or sex attempt to…

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Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Stanislaw Lec (6 March 1909 – 7 May 1966) was a Polish poet, aphorist,  and holocaust survivor.  I have often used his quote “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible” or some iteration of the thought to describe the…

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The Wrong Side of Reality

We long ago passed the bar of a strong socialist element in our government.  When we have a strong growing economy it becomes hard to say no to the less fortunate without feeling greedy or selfish.  But financial setbacks cause…

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