The US and The UK Burning The Unborn Future To Fuel The Present
So what would we give up to have it all today instead of tomorrow? A question such as that solicits information regarding an individual’s time preference. It is commonly theorized that time preference and concern over the future are inversely proportional. If you value the now, you can quote John Maynard Keynes regarding the long run. At some point concern over the future is no | Read More »
The Price Of Uncertainty
In the aftermath of the brazen dismemberment of Ukraine by Russia, many pundits have evoked the image of the annexation of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia by Germany in 1938. There is some truth in this though the occupation of the Rhineland and the anschluss with Austria are more appropriate as Crimea is obviously the first step in Putin’s strategy and clearly is not the last | Read More »
McConnell/Reid Supermajority Lives On
Mitch McConnell couldn’t even go a few hours into this week’s Senate session without selling out conservatives and granting Harry Reid a supermajority. He delivered more than half of the GOP conference into the hands of Democrats, enabling them to gain leverage over the GOP-controlled House and pass the IMF deform package [read more here on the IMF package]. We’ve witnessed this dynamic throughout the | Read More »
Aborted Babies to Kilowatts: The Triumph of Moloch
Today the Telegraph ran a story titled Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals. In it we find that Britain’s National Health Service, not being content with merely killing its patients has decided that it will be environmentally sensitive in all things. The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation | Read More »
How #Obamacare hurts battered wives.
Short version: Obamacare assumes that married people file jointly. The problem with that? “In May 2012, when the Internal Revenue Service proposed its rules for Americans to get government subsidies for health insurance, officials acknowledged that a legal quirk needed to be fixed: The Affordable Care Act was written in a way that inadvertently denied such help to some people who live apart from spouses | Read More »
If You Like Your Coalition
Republicans in 2012 made a pretty bad error denouncing polls they did not believe. Turns out most of the polls the Republicans relied on showing what they hoped — a Romney win — were wrong. The polls they vigorously denounced were right. Democrats, though, made a mistake too that only now is visible. Democrats believed the polls that showed Barack Obama would win. But in | Read More »
Thom Tillis: Fabulist
Thom Tillis is the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He is also a Republican Senate candidate. He is not a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park. That’s what Thom Tillis has claimed. But now he is having to admit it is not true. That’s not all. Tillis has a new ad out. It shows Tillis in his front yard, picking | Read More »
NASA Argues Environmental Sanctimony Isn’t Rocket Science
There is one thing that makes me more angry than dishonest sanctimony. That would be gutless, dishonest sanctimony. After NASA backed a study by Mathematician Safa Montesharrei with all the technological firepower that America’s tax base could buy them, the agency now wants to disown that study’s conclusion. This should not be permitted. If NASA lacks the moral courage to demand Montesharrei’s immediate retraction; they | Read More »
Excuse me, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), but is that Barack Obama’s dagger in your back?
This was just mean: Former Bay State U.S. Senator Scott Brown is reacting to President Obama’s comments about his potential Senate run in New Hampshire. “I’d be happy to – you know, if Scott Brown wants to move down to Texas, you know, then we could always use some moderate Republicans in other parts of the country…” Or possibly just stupidly incompetent of the President. | Read More »
The Democratic party’s devolution on the values of military service.
Remember how, from 2001 to 2006 or so, the Democrats kept screaming about “chickenhawking?” – Oh, yes, the Left has been re-purposing homophobic slurs for some time: they used that term to attack anybody who supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but did not actually serve. It went nowhere, of course: your average anti-war type not only does not understand the concepts of ‘democracy’ | Read More »
Surprise: Obama Administration Does Not Understand US Economy
Yesterday Matt Drudge used Twitter to tweak the White House over Obamacare. Predictably, the White House went on the attack. What they succeeded in doing was making plain for the world to see what most of us already knew. They really have no idea of how the US economy works or how a private business operates. The second lesson was that significant portions of the | Read More »
Cigarette smuggling business booming in NYC. Of course.
There are days when I wish that classes in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European history were mandatory for government officials – wait, no, I always wish that. There are simply days where my desires are given explicit validation by a new report: “More than half of the cigarettes sold in New York State are smuggled in from other places to avoid the Empire State’s taxes | Read More »
Tech at Night: A story about Netflix and Net Neutrality. These mayors are nuts to put kids on the Internet.
Imagine you have a neighbor, let’s call him Chet Glix. He comes over and offers a deal to you: When he’s out of town, you water his plants, feed his pet, mow his lawn, and get his mail. When you’re out of town, he’ll do the same for you. Sound fair? Not quite. He travels once a week, you travel once ever few months. Yeah, that’s exactly the kind of unbalanced “peering” deal Netflix wants to force ISPs to make under the name of “Net Neutrality.” And that’s why we should reject Netflix calling fairness and paying for what you use a “tax”
What if we called Netflix’s fees an unfair tax and demanded they give us free movie peering in the name of Movie Neturality?
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Washington Post publishes sloppy anti-Koch hit piece, forgets to correct mistakes.
Wow, but Wonkblog has gone downhill since Ezra Klein left…. Yeah, I’m shocked to write that, too. Anyway, here’s the summary of today’s epic oil sand reporting oopsie, in a nutshell: The Washington Post’s Wonkblog’s Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin essentially wrote a hit post on the Koch brothers (two high demons in American Orthodox Progressivism, or AOP) by attempting to link them to Canadian | Read More »
How Putin Dismembers NATO Without Firing A Shot. A Scenario From the Cold War
Yesterday I wrote on the speech Vladimir Putin gave on March 18, on the occasion of accepting Crimea’s request to be annexed by Russia. In it I posited that Putin announced two clear objectives. First, he intends to regain for Russia the territory comprised by the former Soviet Union, either by direct occupation or by browbeating small countries into a political and economic alliance operating | Read More »