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Monday, September 30, 2013

If The Facts Don’t Support You,  Just Make It Up

MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen Rips UN IPCC Report

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Compromise And The Constitution

The 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia could not have produced our Constitution without a long string of compromises among the sovereign states, some of which had populations that dwarfed others, and all of which had different economic and social interests. 

That is a lesson for today’s acrimonious political maneuvering that seems likely to result in a government shutdown.  But compromise is a two-way affair.

Obama has adamantly, for nearly five years, refused to negotiate in good faith with Republicans.  For him compromise is out of the question.  Instead he has deliberately goaded Republicans for two years, aiming for a government shutdown, which he believes will enable the Democrat/Socialist Party to regain control of the House of Representatives.  Thereafter, with Nancy Pelosi again running the House of Representatives, Obama proposes to ignore any political views other than the secular religious ideology of socialism.

See Jonathan Tobin’s Intransigent Democrats and the Shutdown.

For background on the principle of comprise at the core of the Constitution, see Peter Wehner’s Compromise and the American Constitution.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Obama’s Nose

If Obama were Pinocchio, his nose by now would be six feet long.

Rising Premiums Expose Obamacare ‘Bait and Switch’

Monday, September 23, 2013

Al Gore Shivers In The Cold Wind Of Truth

Climate science is a legitimate field of inquiry when it is acknowledged that climate scientists today really understand very little about the extraordinarily complex nature of earth’s climate.  Latest revelations in the growing avalanche of real evidence make clear that the secular religion of man-made global warming, now called climate change, is emphatically not science.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Focus On Feckless Foreign Policy

US plays Monopoly, Russia plays chess

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Who Really Benefits From Government Regulations and Spending?

I have written often over the past four years that the only real beneficiary of the Fed’s massive creation of phony dollars through its quantitative-easement monetary policy is, not the general public, but the financial sector, especially the stock market. 

Quantitative easement, either because Keynesian economists ignore the historical record, or because the Fed’s real intention was to centralize control of the entire financial sector, was falsely sold to the public as the only way to get consumers spending more (by adding to their already too heavy credit-card debt) and thus to revive the GDP and re-employ the millions who lost their jobs in the 2007-2008 economic melt down.

Ronald Reagan said that the closest thing on this earth to immortality is government spending programs.  Robert Higgs (below) explains why that is so, contending that all government spending and regulatory programs are based on ulterior motives.  Whether those programs effectively promote their announced aim is immaterial.  What counts is the benefit derived by one special-interest group or another.

My version is that government programs are not intended to be effective, measured by personal or business criteria.  The aims are to employ as many people as possible, for as long as possible, at the greatest imaginable cost.  Which is to say the point for politicians is to buy votes and remain in office.

All Government Policies Succeed in the Long Run

Climategate Latest Revelation

Global warming is just HALF what we said: World’s top climate scientists admit computers got the effects of greenhouse gases wrong 

• Leaked report reveals the world is warming at half the rate claimed by IPCC in 2007

• Scientists accept their computers ‘may have exaggerated’


Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Pathology of Socialistic Corruption

Steve Forbes traces the metastasis of statist collectivism, from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.


Savings vs. Borrowing

The Federal Reserve’s Keynesian economists believe that savings is bad and that borrowing more than you can repay is the route to economic salvation.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Syria In Historical Perspective

Robert Curry looks at what Walter Lippmann called the acids of modernity, the corrosive effect of liberal-progressivism on our national ethos.