Monthly Archives: July 2015

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

The Myth of Northern Innocence

Guess what, racism is not limited to the South.  This incredible discovery is noted by Thomas J. Sugrue in The Washington Post in It’s not Dixie’s fault: excerpts: These crude regional stereotypes ignore the deep roots such social ills have…

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The Other Woman

I generally believe that the highest office in the land should not be one’s first elected office.  Politics like any other profession requires skill sets and relationships that are unique to that profession.  I do not care if the candidate…

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The Unchecked Will of The Majority

From the progressive standpoint, the Framers had not so much erred in their efforts as subsequent events had rendered their formulations moot. Madison had been particularly worried about a fractious majority violating the public good or minority rights for selfish…

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Founders’ Thinking on Secession

a bit of American History from Walter Williams at Townhall in Historical Ignorance: The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the war between the colonies and Great Britain. Its first article declared the 13 colonies “to be free, sovereign and independent…

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The Regressive Lottery

  from last week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle: “Right now we’re funding HOPE on the backs of poor people,” said (state Rep. Ron) Stephens (R-Savannah), chairman of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee. “These guys are willing to put $250…

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The Welfare State Two-Step

from Our Economy Is More Like China’s and Europe’s Than We Care to Admit by Kevin Williamson at National Review: We got Medicare, Medicaid, and government housing projects. It impossible to calculate (and nearly impossible to imagine) what the country would look…

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A New Kind of Servitude

“Is it too pessimistic to fear that a generation grown up under these conditions is unlikely to throw off the fetters to which it has grown used? Or does this description not rather fully bear out Tocqueville’s prediction of the…

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Political Health Care Priorities

from The Jewish World Review, The Process is the Punishment by Mark Steyn: excerpt: It is one of the many distinctive features of Obama-style “health” “care” “reform” that, while it has not led to the hiring of a single additional doctor, nurse…

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The Moral Argument

from Playing the Music of Capitalism by William McGurn in The Wall Street Journal Few today would deny the market’s success in literally producing the goods. For some, however, this is a paradox. It’s a paradox because, in this way…

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Rebel Yid at Freedom Fest

I attended the FreedomFest in Las Vegas last week, a gathering of about 2500, with a variety of speakers. I traveled with my good friend, Greg George, an economics professor at Middle Georgia State University. There was a debate between…

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That Class Warfare Discussion

from The Wilderness, The Untouchable: Democrats are Terrified of Scott Walker. They Should Be. This past 4th of July, while Hillary was marching in designer flats, Scott Walker was addressing crowds wearing a t-shirt, ballcap and dirty jeans. While Hillary…

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The Trump Fallacy

Because 80% of hard drug users smoked cigarettes does not mean that 80% of cigarette smokers will become hard drug users. In Poland before WWII 20% of the communists were Jews, but less than 1% of the Jews were communists.…

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Hillary and Uber

Charles Cooke from National Review, Hillary Clinton’s Uber Speech Belongs in 1930s America: Economically, the Clinton-Sanders-Warren-O’Malley project is stuck squarely in 1938. Theirs is a country in which tax rates can be set without reference to global competition; in which…

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The Ross Perot Sequel

I attended the Freedomfest in Las Vegas last week.  A last minute speech was arranged for Donald Trump on Saturday.  I expected some resistance from this crowd of largely libertarian conservatives.  Standing outside the hall was a lady with a…

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Donald and Bernie

From Townhall, What Donald Trump is Doing Right by S.E. Cupp Trump’s rise is a reflection of Americans’ utter distaste for politicians and the way they speak, not their identification with most of Trump’s views. After all, everyone has an…

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The Unafordable Care Act Donald Trump’s Appeal—and Its Limits  

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Repellant Legislation

From The Weekly Standard in 2010, The Process is the Substance by Matthew Continetti: Once the shock wore off, the Democrats decided that if they could not pass their reform following normal procedure, they would simply change the procedure. Hence the…

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Institutionalized Corruption

All of this helps us understand how the spoils system became rampant in the nineteenth century. The resources required to win a nationwide presidential election were too massive for parties to raise on their own, and so they turned to…

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Health Insurer of Last Resource

from Insurance May Not Save Lives, But It Saves Money by Megan McArdle in Bloomberg View: We shouldn’t minimize the financial benefit, however. Medical bankruptcy is nowhere near half of all bankruptcies, but it is not trivial, either. And the addition…

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Illusions of Grandeur

from The Wall Street Journal, Greece and the Flight From Reality by Bret Stephens excerpt: What’s more remarkable is how Greece’s flight from reality persists. Since Athens defaulted on its IMF loan last week, the Greeks have gotten a taste of what…

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