Back when I worked as an Operational Tester for Sam’s Army, I was at Ft. Campbell working in my data shed. I took a break to talk to an LTC on my test team. I was talking to him about things he saw over in Iraq.* It stunned the man that Iraqis cared so little about personal safety. They rode around in flatbed trucks with no headgear or seatbelts. They routinely worked in 100 degree + weather with no shirt, no canteens and probably no suntan lotion. He just couldn’t reconcile this with the safety-first risk-averse mentality of the successful Army Staff Officer. These people actually allowed Negative Chance Deviations.**
The soldier I bantered with while my data forms came in from the test range was a great American. He just didn’t realize something that we all seem to be learning now to our demise. Having the resources, time and knowledge to take the risk out of literally everything is a luxury. It is a luxury that we increasingly no longer have. You don’t have to wear shades anymore. The future isn’t bright enough for you to afford that awesome pair of Oakley’s. If Robert J. Samuelson is accurate; we are entering into a new age of risk. He explains below.
I call this Day 17 because the Fiscal Cliff Deal was signed on January 1st and we still have seen no coherent vision, goals, or plan from our GOP leadership. I will give them a small pass since they are having their Retreat but I expect something next week. Here is a Press Release from Republican leadership I would like to see. It may not | Read More »
We are all angry about this week’s events and the performance of our Republican leadership. They did nothing to further conservatism or enhance the Republican Party’s image with the general public which is important for maintaining control of the House in 2014. However I do have a cause which I think can help America and conservatism.Let me start with a story. While in college the | Read More »
Detroit, Michigan shows us the ruins of a once-great civilization. It does us an even better favor than that. It shows us these ruins as a precautionary warning – while our civilization actually embarks upon collapse. You can view the very artistic now vs. then photos of Cass Technical High School, and see the crash that awaits the rest of America if we continue to believe in impossible things.
This crash will certainly take place, and Detroit’s future will certainly become yours if you remain foolish enough to believe in Government Claus. Libertarian Author James Payne explains the foolish fallacy of Government Claus below.
In the 2002 movie “Signs,” Colleen Hess gave her youngest son Merrill a cryptic, deathbed command to “swing away.” Only years later, with his own life at risk, did Merrill understand what this meant. With confidence, Merrill “swung away.” The challenge was unclear, but it was was large and right in front of him, and Merrill could not and did not miss. Merrill “swung away” with | Read More »
After four years of painful “contractions”, the American voter has given birth to a lazy bum. That is the face of America now. At least 60+ million people are more interested in what the government can provide for them than even considering what they should provide for themselves. Note the following from today’s headlines: 47 million Americans on food stamps A record number of American | Read More »
By Ed Willing Since the Supreme Court’s infamous 4-1-4 ruling on the Affordable Care Act in June, nearly two dozen states have grappled with whether or not to comply with the first of many forthcoming deadlines found in the rules written (and still being written) by the functionally unconstitutional entity known as the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). November 16th is the deadline, | Read More »
By Ed Willing Constitutionalists were far from confident that either result of the recent Presidential election would help restore the Founders’ intentions, but many were hoping that an Obama loss would at least slow the extinction. Especially in regard to Obamacare, Conservatives have put a lot of weight on winning federal elections to save what is left of our waning Republic. After a frustrating, suspect | Read More »
By Ed Willing SUCCESS STORIES OF GOVERNMENT “INVESTMENT”: Solyndra – Founded in 2005; received $528 million in government subsidies in 2009. Result: Bankrupt in 2011. The Chinese and others made solar panels better and cheaper. Samuel Langley – Tried to build first airplane in history. In 1900, U.S. government funded two flight attempts. Result: Both times, Langley crashed his plane into the Potomac River. | Read More »
By Ed Willing No doubt, the last several years in America have been challenging to everyone, on all sides. It has both challenged those on the left as they see so many millions question their policies and principles, and has infuriated said millions on the right because they cannot believe how quickly America has turned away from its founding principles. Both sides agree there’s problems | Read More »
By Monica Frede “Small businesses have always been the engine of our economy, creating 65% of all new jobs in America, and they must be at the forefront of our recovery. That’s why the recovery act was designed to help small businesses expand and create jobs.” – Pres. Obama in 2009 “Instead of giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, we want | Read More »
Forget for a moment, that we have documented attempts throughout history how a Socialist society doesn’t work. I’m sure there are scholars that can give lofty explanations. But I’d like to put it in layman’s terms so the current welfare recipients can understand. Socialism will never end poverty. It will never “level the playing field”, and it will kill personal incentive. First, before I am | Read More »
By Monica Frede, Board Member, Editor Reprinted here with permission of FI and the author Earlier this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, penned a letter in response to recent visits by White House officials to the group of Catholic Bishops. In an effort to soothe the fiery debate ignited in recent weeks due to the Obama Administration’s mandate | Read More »
No, I’m not advocating violence. I’m just observing the existence of a conflict between 2 completely irreconcilable ideas (and the people who hold them) that’s been growing for the past 100 years in America. On one hand is the simple idea that “by the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground“. Or stated only a bit more pleasantly, | Read More »