Let’s Talk About Laffer
I recently cross-posted one of my blogs here on Facebook, and inevitably the one person I knew would comment did. “M,” as I’ll call him, used the following to deride my view that taxes are a dis-incentive to work: My question is whether any proposed tax cut on businesses would constitute a large enough amount of money to permit the hiring of new workers. Surely, | Read More »
Why Government Stimulus Doesn’t Work
The incoming Presidential Administration and the new Congress appear set to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on new government programs, physical infrastructure and “relief” for those affected by the recent economic downturn. They plan to do this through deficit spending, requiring them to sell bonds and, perhaps eventually, raise taxes. The underlying concept is the Keyensian-based idea that if government spends enough money it | Read More »
Does Obama Favor Big Corporations?
Many counted Barack Obama’s support from the leaders of major corporations as a thread of confidence that his policies would help spur economic growth; that business leaders had confidence in Obama’s “spend for prosperity” approach. The Obama campaign officially barred corporate donors (though Federal law prohibits corporations from contributing to campaigns), but many corporate leaders donated directly and bundled contributions from others in an effort to pump millions of dollars into the Obama coffers.
Donors included individuals and bundlers from Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, Citigroup, IBM and JP Morgan Chase. It seems that many at these corporations believed on election day that Obama’s policies were best for them.
Indeed, I am certain that Obama’s policies are preferable to major corporations. Let’s take a look at his policies, found on his election website, the AFL-CIO and from Factcheck.org:
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Save the Sea Kittens!
Watching FNC this morning, I was reminded of a story I saw yesterday on Neal’s Nuze. Apparently, our friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want to rename fish as Sea Kittens! Apparently, PETA thinks that this will remind us that fish have feelings, relationships and families. By renaming them “sea kittens,” they hope to create sympathy for creatures of the piscene persuasion. | Read More »
I’m watching the History Channel as I blog and comment, and the channel is presenting various ways in which human beings might go extinct or the world might end. I wait and wonder why I’m not seeing Anthroprogenic Global Warming/Climate Change. The reason is that it’s their “Number One Threat” to human survival, and so saved for last. And here they start talking about how | Read More »
Economics, Israel and Blago. Aren’t We Forgetting…?
As we have become so focused lately on the economy, the conflict in Israel and the ongoing Blagojevich scandal, we have lost sight of some other important issues facing the nation, and I wonder if that is not without design. Here are some talking points we need to keep in mind, lest the liberals in Congress and the White House distract us long enough to | Read More »
28th Amendment (proposed)
“No person or entity shall be relieved of property or possessions to favor the property or possessions of another person, entity or government without just compensation provided, except for those activities which are specifically listed as responsibilities of government in the Constitution of the United States, or of the State in which that property is possessed.”
The Only Way to Fight a War
When I was growing up, my father always told me, “Never, ever start a fight; but always finish one.”
I didn’t really understand what dad meant by that until I started studying military history. The victor in any fight is the side that is willing to fight it out to the end.
The bullies who picked on me growing up nearly always did so because I didn’t fight back. It didn’t matter how many times they got in trouble. Often, that was just enough excuse to keep picking on me; to get back at the boy who got them in trouble. I finally stopped getting beat-up when I started throwing punches of my own.
Unfortunately, throwing those punches also got me in trouble. Because I defended myself someone thought I had done something wrong.
In watching this recent action between Israel and Hamas, I have seen much the same kind of mentality, both in the media and in those I know in the liberal blogosphere. “How dare Israel defend itself? Don’t they realize they’ve killed more Palestinians than Hamas has killed Israelis?” My favorite so far has been a “friend” on Facebook who posted, as his profile image, a sign that says, “Support Palestine: Stop the Genocide.”
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Changing Our Conservative Vocabulary
Something has been bothering me for some time about the vocabulary conservatives and libertarians have been using to describe liberal economy policy. We hear it on radio from Boortz and Hannity and television from O’Reilly; we read it on blogs by Thomas Sowell and in newspaper columns by George F Will.
The term I refer to is “wealth redistribution,” called for throughout history by Marx, Lenin, Castro and Chavez. Liberals in America don’t use the term, knowing that it will bother conservatives and many moderates. Unfortunately, it is unconvincing to many, especially liberals, that such a beast as wealth distribution would be a bad thing.
After all, “wealth redistribution” is just taking money from the evil, awful “rich” and giving it to those poor, needy “less fortunate.”
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