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    Why Are So Many on the Right Helping the Left Undermine Our Patent System?

    It is disappointing to see so many people who usually reside on the Right – go screaming Leftward on an issue so fundamental to all-things-free-market as private property protection. In this particular case – patent protection. All sorts of things that in every other instance the Right loves to excoriate and ridicule – these Converts-to-the-Left must ignore or accept as a part of their effort | Read More »

    Why Does Government Not Know – or Ignore – History?

    It’s one of our most oft-cited quotes. George Santayana’s “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The reason it so regularly recirculates is because we far too often fail its tenet. Which is truly sad. Because if you pay attention to the past – you can make some reasonable, rudimentary predictions about the future. And avoid a whole lot of completely | Read More »

    Talking Turkey: National Security – and Growing Our Own Food

    Turkey: Thursday is, of course, Thanksgiving. A holiday which celebrates our inconceivable good fortune and tremendous bounty. Most of us celebrate our good fortune – by joining with family and friends to consume massive amounts of bounty. We (should) do so in large part in remembrance of how hard it was for the Pilgrims to scrape together enough food on any day – let alone | Read More »

    The Private Sector Solves Problems – Government Exacerbates and Creates Them

    The seven years of the President Barack Obama Administration have provided us with two diametrically opposite things. The government time and again failing utterly in just about everything it tries to do – economic recovery, job creation, health care, defense of our borders and our nation, budget stewardship,…. Meanwhile, the Administration and its Democrat Party keep usurping and pushing to usurp as much of the | Read More »

    Government Choosing Businesses for Preference or Punishment is Always Wrong

    President Barack Obama has dramatically ramped up the Washington, D.C., giant Crony-fest. Where economic sectors and companies Obama and his Democrats like get the gold mine – and the rest of us get the shaft. For instance, there was $80 billion for “green energy” in the awful 2009 “Stimulus” bill – 80% of that coin went to Obama donors. And since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) | Read More »

    Facebook Should Reverse Its Support of Government’s Net Neutrality Fantasy

    Network Neutrality is a unilateral and completely unnecessary government-intrusion-and-imposition on the entirety of the Internet – and the trillions-of-dollars-economy that has arisen around it. Net Neutrality is one fantasy – based upon another. Fantasy: The evil Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will – at some indeterminate point in the future – start blocking you from getting to certain websites. (In this way it is very similar | Read More »

    Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

    If President Barack Obama doesn’t like you – his government tends to make your life really, REALLY miserable. Ask Tea Party and conservative groups – when Obama’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) isn’t harassing them, it is allowing them to endlessly languish unapproved. Ask reporters who report things in ways the President doesn’t like – his government spies on and investigates them. Ask the coal industry | Read More »

    Hey Wall Street Journal: Open Borders-Amnesty is the Hugest Cronyism of All

    The political definition of Cronyism is: government policy that favors one or more specific beneficiaries – at the expense of everyone else. To wit: $80 billion of the 2009 “Stimulus” was wasted on “green energy” companies – 80% of whom were Barack Obama donors. Amongst the parade of horribles contained therein: the government took money from energy companies – to fund competitors to their energy | Read More »

    While We’re Lost in The ‘Patent Troll’ Freakout, ‘Reformers’ Will Eviscerate Private Property Rights

    The small and dwindling contingent in favor of the terrible, patent-smashing bills being considered in Congress suffer from an obsessive fetish – “patent trolls.” It’s at once a mantra – and a Pavlovian fervor-inducer. Just say “patent troll” in front of any member of this tiny cohort – and watch them freak out. The American Spectator has been a gracious, serial host to one such | Read More »

    Hillary Clinton Misunderstands (Misrepresents?) How Government Pummels the Economy

    Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democrat presidential nominee. (Sorry, Bernie Sanders fans. You too, Martin O’Malley fans – both of you.)  Unless – and likely even if – she is indicted for her latest foray into self-defined ethics. She has in her past more than a quarter century of…questionable statements, decisions and actions – so it would appear nothing else in this vein | Read More »

    Why Does the Media Hate (Poor) People Having Cheap Food?

    The media are, of course, almost uniformly Leftist – which means they just about always toe the Party line. Including the belief that in order to help the poor – government must perpetually grow. Of course we conservatives also want to help the poor – we just think shrinking government is the way to actually do it. When things get more expensive – the poor | Read More »

    When Government Tries to Equalize Free Speech – We End Up With Zero Speech

    The First Amendment reads (in part): “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech….” “Abridge” is legally defined as: “…(T)he making of a declaration or count shorter, by taking or severing away some of the substance from it.” The Founders prohibited the government from not just silencing speech – but from doing anything at all to in any way reduce it. Not at all | Read More »

    HRC and the Left Loathe Businesses – Why Are Republicans Helping Undermine Them?

    The Left loathes business and businesses. But business and businesses are mere symptoms of the disease they REALLY loathe – capitalism. For which they bizarrely think the “cure” – is uber-failed Socialism/Communism. The Left is absolutely monolithic. No dissent is allowed – everyone must conform. And its political manifestation is the Democrat Party. Thus, all Democrats must conform – they must all loathe business. The | Read More »

    ObamaCare Co-Ops’ Fail: Government Has No Business Being in Business

    Government is an inherently failed entity. It always is – it always will be. Government can do a few things well (the military leaps to mind), but even those successes are woefully mismanaged and obstinately wasteful of money. With the military this is usually due to its civilian overseers. There is no “reform” of this. You can’t improve government quality of service. Because government is | Read More »

    Christopher Columbus’ Objective: FREE Trade Routes

    Yesterday was a federal holiday. By that we mean: Government bureaucrats have the day off – the people who pay them do not. For people addled by Political Correctness (PC) – it was “Indigenous People Day.” For We the Sane – it was Columbus Day. Columbus is of course Christopher Columbus. The Italian man funded by Spaniards who in 1492 established the European New World | Read More »