Monthly Archives: July 2015

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Another Word for Planned Capitalism

from Soda Head, Economic Fascism by Thomas DiLorenzo When people hear the word “fascism” they naturally think of its ugly racism and anti-Semitism as practiced by the totalitarian regimes of Mussolini and Hitler. But there was also an economic policy…

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An Arrogant Tyrant

from Tony Snow at Jewish World Review, Queen Tut: Later, after solving the tonsorial riddle, she stepped forward as Hillary the Conquering Liberal. In 1994, she set out to redesign the American health-care system and convened a panel that drafted…

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An Absence of Political Leadership

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, Fifteen Elephants and a Clown: The Trumpkins insist that this isn’t about Trump but about the perfidious Republican establishment, which is insufficiently committed to the conservative project. Fair enough. But what of Trump’s commitment?…

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Observations 2015 07 29

While the GOP participates in the circular firing squad they call a primary, they are missing the incredible opportunities thrown at them by the real opposition. Hillary who has not driven a car since 1996 thinks we should worry about…

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Politics as Religion

from David Daley in Salon, Camille Paglia takes on Jon Stewart, Trump, Sanders: “Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that’s simply not true!” excerpt: I’m speaking here as an atheist. I don’t believe there is a God, but…

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Political Money Laundering

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, The Minimum Wage Con: The worst kind of welfare state is the welfare state that is ashamed of itself and therefore feels obliged to pretend to be something it isn’t. Instead of forthrightly taxing…

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Poverty and Consumer Choices

from Bernie Sanders’s Dark Age Economics by Kevin Williamson in The National Review excerpts: Dollars are just a method of keeping count, and mandating higher wages for work that has not changed at all is, in the long run, like measuring yourself…

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We Didn’t Start the Fire

Glenn Harland Reynolds wrtites Politicos put past before progress in The USA Today: excerpts: Cynical or not, these statements accurately describe why economic progress is so much harder today than it once was.  But why is it so much harder?  And…

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Side Stepping The Constitution

From Rand Simberg at PJ Media, How Republics Die: But the Founders foresaw this sort of thing. That is why they put a provision into the founding document to deal with it. The proper way to address the issue, in terms…

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Hockey Economics

“In other words, to claim that society requires corporations to maximize profits is like saying that society encourages hockey players to commit common assault. There is an element of truth to it, insofar as society does encourage hockey players to…

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Glue In the Financial Machinery

from Phil Gramm in The Wall Street Journal, Dodd-Frank’s Nasty Double Whammy: Over the years the Federal Trade Commission and the courts defined what constituted “unfair and deceptive” financial practices. Dodd-Frank added the word “abusive” without defining it. The result:…

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Celebrity Politics

Perhaps it is a twenty four hour news cycle that makes political campaigns look more like a rerun of the Kardashians, particularly those episodes where we though Bruce was still OK with being a dude. Our infatuation with celebrities may…

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Reality and Hope

From  Jonah Goldberg in National Review, When We Say ‘Conservative,’ We Mean . . . Gratitude captures so much of what conservatism is about because it highlights the philosophical difference between (American) conservatism and its foes on the left (and some…

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Personality Trumps Brand

from The Trump Lesson that Bush and Clinton Should Heed by Jonah Goldberg in Townhall Donald Trump, meanwhile, isn’t even a politician. He’s a low-rent carnival barker who made it big on the high-rent circuit. An honest political consultant would…

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Financial Myths

from Forbes Five Years Of Dodd-Frank: ‘Too Big To Fail’ Still Unresolved by Norbert Michel excerpt: The notion that these transactions took place in some shadowy, hidden room of finance, where regulators had no clue what was going on, is…

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Austerity and Reality in Greece

from The Wall Street Journal, Greece and the Flight From Reality by Bret Stephens excerpt: But maybe rules isn’t quite the right word. The larger issue is reality—and Greece’s flight from it. Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio is 177%, which sounds like…

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Words Matter

In 1941 Senator Harry Truman made a comment in The New York Times, “if we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and that way let them…

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Commerce Between Consenting Adults

from Uber Crashes the Democratic Party by William McGurn in The Wall Street Journal (gated):  Marco Rubio, who last year sided with Uber over regulators in Miami, accused Mrs. Clinton of trying to “regulate 21st-century industries with 20th-century ideas.” Jeb Bush pointedly traveled…

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Dumb Regulation isn’t the same as Deregulation

from Jeb Hensarling at The Wall Street Journal, After Five Years, Dodd-Frank Is a Failure: Dodd-Frank was based on the premise that the financial crisis was the result of deregulation. Yet George Mason University’s Mercatus Center reports that regulatory restrictions on financial…

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#dumptrump

from the editors of the Wall Street Journal Trump and His Apologists: Excerpts: But America has rarely lacked for demagogues willing to exploit public discontents.William Jennings Bryan won three Democratic presidential nominations running against eastern elites. In 1948 Henry Wallace ran as a…

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