Monthly Archives: July 2014

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Working is Optional

from Scott Grannis at Calafia Beach Pundit, What’s driving the decline in labor force participation? Excerpt:   The next most distinctive feature of the current recovery is the unprecedented decline in the labor force participation rate, shown in the graph…

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Under the Cover of Altruism

From Kevin Williamson at National Review Online, Downscale Big government is bad for the little guy. Excerpt: On the one hand, we have the small-town entrepreneur yearning for sidewalks and streetlights; on the other, we have dodgy “Five Aces” federal contracts and…

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The Case for Barbarism

From The Wall Street Journal, Palestine Makes You Dumb, by Bret Stephens Excerpts: Consider the media obsession with the body count. According to a daily tally in theNew York Times,  as of July 27 the war in Gaza had claimed 1,023…

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Ignoring the Smell

Rarely is a conflict been as morally clear as the current Gaza campaign. The history is clear and indisputable. Israel left Gaza, painfully uprooting committed settlers.  Thriving greenhouses were left for the Palestinians to have a productive enterprise.  The new…

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Controlling the Power of Kings

From The National Review Kevin Williamson writes Halbig and Hammurabi : Disdain for the letter of the law is complexly intertwined with the progressive imagination.    The written law was the first real constraint on the power of kings. An oral tradition is subject…

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A Record Cool Summer in the US

From Real Science, Coolest Summer On Record In The US    

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Why Are The Clinton’s So Uncomfortable with their Wealth?

“Let’s face it, Bill And I are not that well-off.” “We were dead broke when we left Washington.” Pulling in $200,000 per speech and amassing a combined wealth of over $100 million, Hillary still tries to convince us she is…

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“Richard Nixon, eat your heart out”

from the Wall Street Journal, The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus, The supposedly independent agency harassed the administration’s political opponents and saved its health-care law, by Kimberly Strassel excerpt: To summarize: The IRS (famed for nitpicking and prosecuting the tax law), chose to authorize…

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Bipartisan Distrust

from Politico Magazine Blue Crush How the left took over the Democratic Party. By DOUG SOSNIK But the left nonetheless faces an important existential question in the years ahead: Yes, the Republican Party’s inability to adapt to America’s cultural shifts…

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Parroting the Party Line

20 Examples of What Liberalism REALLY Is by John Hawkins in Townhall excerpts Liberalism is forcibly taking money you don’t deserve from the people who earned it and calling THEM greedy for not wanting to give you even more. Liberalism…

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Exclusion of Housing from Piketty’s Wealth Data

Jonah Goldberg writes Mr. Piketty’s Big Book of Marxiness in the July issue of Commentary. Excerpt: Homburg, the American Enterprise Institute’s Kevin Hassett, and a team at the Sciences Po in Paris, moreover, argue that the recent widening of the wealth-to-income gap…

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Redistribution Failure

From The New York Review of Books, Are the Authoritarians Winning? by excerpts: Are contemporary politicians, on either side of the aisle, actually taking action to make the state more just and more efficient? The editors ofThe Economist do find some…

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Higher Ed Anxiety

From The New Republic, Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League by William Deresiewicz  Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual…

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The Difference between Gaza and The West Bank

From Ricochet, Why Gaza by Paul Rahe There is a profound difference between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. In 1947, the population of the latter was miniscule. By 1948, it was considerable. Something on the order of 80%…

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Fourth Branch Tyranny

From the National Review, Tenured Partisans by Richard Samuelson Excerpts: Today we have the worst of both worlds: a tenured and partisan civil service. Government employees have civil-service protection and are seldom fired, only for the most egregious of crimes. Yet…

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Microaggression

From American Thinker, Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist by Danusha V. Goska: Excerpt: I appreciate Professor X’s desire to champion the downtrodden, but identifying a photograph of commuters on stairs as an act of microaggression and…

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Idealism Kills

“In retrospect it was apparent to me that most of the violence in my lifetime had been directed by utopians like myself against those who would not go along with their impossible dreams. “Idealism kills,” the philosopher Nietzsche had warned…

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The Hands that Prosper

From my article in American Thinker, Everything that Counts” excerpt: When Piketty suggests that we tax the wealth of the richest, exactly what does he think will happen to it?  The government will spend it – but on what?  Does he…

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What Is the Cost of the Decline in Health Care Spending

From Bloomberg News, Megan McArdle writes Obamacare Isn’t What’s Slowing Costs. Excerpt: If health-care cost growth is slowing down because we’re working a lot of inefficiency out of the system, then the slowdown is obviously a big win for everyone…

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It Is about More than Iraq

Excerpts from Destabilizer-in-Chief by Mario Loyola in National Review: The most basic reason to keep forces in Iraq after 2011 was not to continue the war — which was already over by the time Obama was sworn in as president — but rather…

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