Monthly Archives: June 2016

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

The Most Dysfunctional Ideology

It is not the act of being ideological that disturbs the left, it is the ideology.  Faith in an idea or principle makes you ideological;  faith in their own  ideas and principles makes them pragmatic.  Pragmatism with a capital ‘P’…

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A Pitiful Revolution

from David French at National Review, The Sins of the Elite Don’t Excuse the Sins of the People Here at home, it should surprise no one that a wrecked culture is spawning a pitiful rebellion. When a population is both angry…

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The New Age of Mencken

from Jonah Goldberg at National Review, The Wisdom of Mencken and Nock Seems Fresh Today Today, America looks very different from the America of Mencken and Nock’s era, but the similarities are hard to ignore. Liberal elites have decided that…

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The Twilight of the Elite

National Review has developed a stable of the most insightful writers of the conservative movement. I have long been a fan of Jonah Goldberg, Kevin Williamson and Charles Cooke,  David French has joined this elite group in my view. David…

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Democracy and Brexit

from the editors at National Review, Reflections on the Shock of Brexit If most of the expected shocks haven’t materialized, what about the shock that has? As several commentators, from Megan McArdle in The Atlantic to Rupert Darwall in National Review,…

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Thoughts on Brexit

by Henry Oliner Many Americans have become familiar with basic economic concepts because it affects them so regularly, but our understanding usually stops at our shore. The Brexit vote has us scratching our head to comprehend something we hardly knew…

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Every Business Is a Social Science Experiment

from Kevin Williams at National Review,Why does this gas station pay so well? When I mentioned my surprise at what it pays to work at a gas station in Bastrop, I got two reactions, both predictable. One was from a…

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The Other Half of the Battle

from David French at National Review, The Sins of the Elite Don’t Excuse the Sins of the People Even worse, the American cultural elite served up a ruinous sexual revolution, complete with anti-religious hostility that spawned and perpetuated enormous human suffering…

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Employment and Capital

A business makes a capital investment for two reasons: one is to expand production to meet rising consumer demand, and another is to increase efficiency or reduce cost.  The first reason is common during a growing economy and such investment…

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Knee Jerk Gun Control- Part II

America has a gun problem. We can argue if the guns are a symptom of a crime problem, a cultural problem or a terrorist problem; or if they are a cause.  But we can certainly agree that we would like…

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The Opposite of Progress

from Hillary’s ‘Progressive’ Demise in The American Spectator by Ross Kaminsky excerpt: Mrs. Clinton has yet to propose a truly new idea. Each of her few policy positions are regurgitations of populist pabulum that offer nothing innovative, nothing for Americans…

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The Great Unrest

by Henry Oliner Obama lovers and Republican haters highlight the booming stock market, record low interest rates, the drop in unemployment, the drop in oil prices, the drop in the uninsured, declining  deficits,  the growth in jobs created, and  the…

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Knee Jerk Gun Control

For my liberal friends who do not understand why  anyone needs an assault rifle or why anyone with basic common sense would object to banning them, allow me to try and explain and offer some other solutions that may actually…

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Mutated Hate

  from George Will, In Britain Anti-Semitism Endures “It is very easy to hate,” says Sacks. “It is very difficult to justify hate.” Anti-Semitism’s permutations adapt it to changing needs for justification. In the Middle Ages, he says, Jews were…

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Orlando

Reading about this tragedy, the shooter was investigated by the FBI twice- once for an outburst in an office, and a second time for contacting a suicide bomber. He bought his guns legally because he was a licensed security guard…

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Stagnant Inertia

Six years from the Great Recession and the excuses for the tepid recovery are becoming worn.  This time is different- well it always is.  There may be an issue with structural changes that affect employment and wages, but this is…

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Randoms 2016 06 09

Every time I hear of a movement to “throw the bums” out, it usually means throwing the other bums out but leave my bum alone.  (The double entendre is not lost on me.) It also appears that conservative bums are…

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Uber Challenges the Regulatory State

Uber reduces DUIs, traffic fatalities, and accidents. The drivers are safer because it is cashless and the entire trip is tracked online. And they carry more insurance than the cabs. They are more available and better serve their customers. By…

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Work and Poverty

The left is unable or unwilling to articulate any limitation of the welfare state and unable or unwilling to acknowledge the social costs of long term dependency. Moves to push the recipients to work must recognize and correct the policy…

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