Monthly Archives: May 2014

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

The Election is Over, the Results are In

from Investor’s Business Daily George Will writes 2014 College Grads Voted Obama And Now Suffer For It Excerpts: Ronald Reagan lightened the weight of government as measured by taxation and regulation. Obama has done the opposite. According to the annual…

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Are Unions a Special Interest?

From The Weekly Standard, The Koch Brothers, Unions, and the Democratic Party’s Campaign Finance Delusions by Mark Hemingway. Excerpt: But how are lobbying efforts “preventing anti-union legislation” any different than Exxon lobbying to prevent “anti-energy exploration legislation” that would be harmful and…

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Making the Impossible Seem Possible

The old saying that “politics is the art of the possible” is dead wrong. Politics is the art of making the impossible seem possible, and even plausible and desirable. That is how ObamaCare got passed. –Thomas Sowell in Townhall.com.

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A Coalition of Conflicting Interests

Joel Kotkin writes The Three-Headed Democratic Party in New Geography: Excerpts: Today we can speak really of three Democratic parties, each with a separate class interest. Their divisions are as deep, perhaps more so, as that between the mainstream Republican…

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Our Back Pages

I have to confess I have always liked this song to the point of obsession.  My favorite verses: A self-ordained professor’s tongue Too serious to fool Spouted out that liberty Is just equality in school “Equality,” I spoke the word…

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How Politics Pollutes Science

From the Wall Street Journal, Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer wrote The Myth of the Climate Change ‘97%’: Excerpt: Surveys of meteorologists repeatedly find a majority oppose the alleged consensus. Only 39.5% of 1,854 American Meteorological Society members who responded…

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How to Change the World

Life Lessons from Navy Seal Training  byWilliam H. McRaven in the Wall Street Journal: Excerpt and Summary To the graduating class of 2014, you are moments away from graduating. Moments away from beginning your journey through life. Moments away from…

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Health Care Cost Loop

“Strange that I can get an exact price on an iPhone, a Honda Civic, or a pizza, but not on something as essential to my well-being as health care. There are almost no consumer prices in health care. Because there…

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No CPAC of the Left

Kevin Williamson writes The Destroyer Cometh in National Reveiw Online: It is easy to be anti-fracking when that does not require you to give up anything, easy to oppose the expansion of the Keystone pipeline network when you can be confident that…

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Don’t Buy My Car

    From Yahoo News (Reuters)  Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please don’t buy Fiat 500e electric car Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne has a request for potential buyers of the automaker’s Fiat 500e electric car: Don’t buy it. He’s…

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Reading 2014 05 21

The New Obama Narrative: Epic Incompetence

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Crony Stimulus

“The Department of Commerce gave One Economy Corporation over $28 million to increase fast internet service in areas without it. One Economy then directed $1.5 million to a film production company owned by actor/director, Robert Townsend, and $230,000 was used…

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Jonah on Reid

from Reid his Lips by Jonah Goldberg at National Review Still, it seems to me this is a useful way to think about the coverage of Harry Reid (I haven’t read Kevin Williamson’s cover story about Reid in the new issue, but I…

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Best Graduation Speech of 2014

Dear Class of 2014: Thanks for Not Disinviting Me by Stephen Carter at Bloomberg. excerpt: In my day, the college campus was a place that celebrated the diversity of ideas. Pure argument was our guide. Staking out an unpopular position…

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The Political Circle Test

Dan Mitchell’s Political Circle Test

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Reading 2014 05 16

Dark Money Democrat Style Worst Agency in DC The Political Circle Test The Next Climate Scandal  Bullying Climate Skeptics Dear Class of 2014: Thanks for Not Disinviting Me Beware Midas’s Touch The Emerging Junta        

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Millionaire Cops

Who are America’s fastest-growing class of millionaires? from Carpe Diem as quoted from Forbes columnist Rich Karlgaard, The Millionaire Cop Next Door. It’s said that government workers now make, on average, 30% more than private-sector workers. Put that fantasy aside. It…

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The Patterns of Consensus

From The Other McCain, The Science is Settled? Conservatives are often accused of being “anti-intellectual” for the very reason that we are suspicious of the kind of “expertise” which demands that we accept tendentious claims without criticism, skepticism or dissent.…

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The Dangers of a Single Hypothesis

“The insistence of the IPCC and the scientific “consensus” that clouds cannot cause climate variations continues to astound me. All atmospheric scientists know that clouds are controlled by a multitude of factors; my position is that causation between clouds and…

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Inequality- It Ain’t What it Seems

Martin Feldstein writes in The Wall Street Journal, Piketty’s Numbers Don’t Add Up Excerpts: The second problem with Mr. Piketty’s conclusions about increasing inequality is his use of income-tax returns without recognizing the importance of the changes that have occurred in…

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