Monthly Archives: October 2015

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Why Inequality is Getting Worse

From George Will at National Review, A Philosopher Takes On the Left’s Obsession with Income Inequality First, the entitlement state exists primarily to transfer wealth regressively, from the working-age population to the retired elderly who, after a lifetime of accumulation,…

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Inequality Push Back

Wealth inequality isn’t a ‘crisis’ — and voters know it A Washington Post piece last year delicately noted that Obama was laying off the inequality rhetoric because of “Democratic polling that found that talking about income inequality does not register strongly…

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David Siegal’s Climate Summary

From David Siegal,  What I Learned about Climate Change: The Science is not Settled Weather is not climate. There are no studies showing a conclusive link between global warming and increased frequency or intensity of storms, droughts, floods, cold or heat…

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Wal Mart’s Limit

From Jed Graham at Investor’s Business Daily,  Why Wal-Mart’s Shrinking Profit Should Scare Liberals: Wal-Mart’s second profit warning in two months should be a wake-up call for the political left. If America’s largest private employer is struggling with its own…

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Sander’s Tab

From National Review and  Jonah Goldberg, For the Left, It’s Always Time for a New New Deal Bernie Sanders thinks you can pay for an 18 trillion dollar expansion of the welfare state — to make it align with a Denmark…

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The Understanding of Limits

One of the significant lessons of the 20th Century intellectual history is the limitation of great minds and ideas, the inability and failure of some of the brightest thinkers to comprehend the consequences of their grand ideas, designed with great…

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To Suffer Together

  From Never Enough by William Voegeli “Etymologically, “compassion” means to suffer together. “Together,” however, is different from “identically.” Compassion is not the same as selflessness, and not really the opposite of selfishness. Rather, it provides a basis for helping…

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Democrats Shift a Hard Left

Bernie Sanders has opened a wound for the soul of the Democratic Party. Instead of socialism being an extreme wing of the Democratic Party it has become the center and the players have to define themselves based on that belief.…

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Santa Claus with a Brooklyn Accent

from Mona Charen at National Review, How Bernie Sanders Became the Conscience of the Democratic Party “Socialist” was once an epithet in American politics, but the Obama years may have effected a change. Fully 25 percent of Americans, Pew reported…

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The Accumulation of Friction Costs

from the Wall Street Journal, The Golden Goose is on the Run by Bob Funk: There is a disconnect today between what government experts say about the economy when they crunch the numbers and what employers throughout America say when…

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The Power to Destroy

An important axiom of government is to imagine that the law or regulation you propose or champion is in the hand of your worst nightmare.  Would you want that person to have the same power you are proposing to be…

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The Gap In Government Intentions and Results

From Richard Epstein at The Hoover Institute, The Economic Fantasies of Robert Reich: Excerpts: There is a large point that comes out of Reich’s social agenda. Notwithstanding his long service in government, he seems to have no understanding of the…

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Assume a Recovery

from National Review, Checkmate: The Economic Chess Masters Play a Losing Game by Kevin Williamson: That the Obama administration is foundering from an economic-policy point of view is not news. Barack Obama & Co. represent the very freshest and most imaginative thinking…

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Authoritarianism Masquerading as Science

from The 97 Percent Solution by Ian Tuttle at National Review: Surely the most suspicious “97 percent” study was conducted in 2013 by Australian scientist John Cook — author of the 2011 book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand…

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Pseudo Science

from Making It All Up by Andrew Ferguson at The Weekly Standard Behind the people being experimented upon are the people doing the experimenting, the behavioral scientists themselves. In important ways they are remarkably monochromatic. We don’t need to belabor the…

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Carter and Israel

from National Review in 2002, Jay Nordlinger wrote Carterpalooza excerpts:  No one quite realizes just how passionately anti-Israel Carter is. William Safire has reported that Cyrus Vance acknowledged that, if he had had a second term, Carter would have sold…

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Pogo Progressives

from Thomas Edsall at The New York Times, How Did the Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich? In their 2014 paper, Bonica, McCarty, Rosenthal and Poole tracked the sources of money flowing to Democratic candidates and parties from 1980 to…

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When a Hypothesis Becomes Dogma

from The Washington Post, For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong? But even as a Senate committee was developing the Dietary Goals, some experts were lamenting that the case against saturated fats, though thinly…

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Rights and Privileges

from Wall Street Journal, Notable and Quotable: John Quincy Adams But there is one principle which pervades all the institutions of this country, and which must always operate as an obstacle to the granting of favors to new comers. This…

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