The genius of capitalism is that there is a link between effort and reward. In a genuine market economy (as opposed to cronyism), people can only make themselves rich by working harder and smarter to satisfy the needs and wants of others.
The blunder of statism is that the link between effort and reward is damaged. Punitive tax rates, for instance, punish people for producing.
The New York Times reports that last March Henry Chao of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which superintended creation of the HealthCare.gov Web site, told a conference that he had worries: “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” When such an embarrassing experience occurred, [President] Obama responded like a ruler of a banana republic unfettered by constitutionalism and the rule of law. Although no president has even a line-item veto power (which 44 governors have), this president asserts the power to revise the language of laws by “enforcement discretion,” and suggests no limiting principle.
But even this is a crisis only if Congress makes it so by supine acquiescence. Congressional Democrats are White House poodles. They also are progressives and therefore disposed to favor unfettered executive power.
Writing about the Habsburg Empire, distinguished British historian Paul Johnson said, “Every reform created more problems than it solved.” That was not peculiar to the Habsburg Empire. The same could be said of modern welfare states, and especially our own ObamaCare.
Dr. Thomas Sowell
One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela
The idea of reasoning with terrorists without force or with appeasement is naive, and I think it’s dangerous.
Former Virginia Governor and Senator George Allen
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.
President Theodore Roosevelt
Well, I’m not excusing the fact that planning and preparedness was not where it should be. We’ve known for 20 years about this hurricane, this possibility of this kind of hurricane.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Andrew’s Note: You know right now if you live in tornado country, hurricane territory, near an earthquake fault, in an area susceptible to tsunamis, winter storms or floods…what’s your excuse for not preparing for these or any of the other natural or man-made risks you and your family may face? …and make sure you don’t rely on those guys that new Katrina was coming for 20 years…just 20…maybe they should have read a little history like this piece on the 15 Wost Hurricanes.
Government is necessary for our survival. We need government in order to survive. The Founding Fathers created a special place for government. It is called the Constitution.
Andrew’s Note: Yes, Badnarik is a little extreme in some of his views but I included his quote today to remind us that the opposite of big government isn’t small government the opposite of big government is anarchy…small government is the rational middle ground.
This is abject surrender by the United States.
Ambassador and former Maryland Army National Guardsman John Bolton describing our recent agreement to ease sanctions on Iran in return for Iran agreeing to let us ease sanctions on Iran via Abject Surrender by the United States | The Weekly Standard
…the most dangerous situation the United States has seen since the 1930s.
Former U.S. Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General (Ret) Thomas G. McInerney
Andrew’s Note: Listen HERE for LTG McInerney’s full statement and reasons. Interesting note on LTG McI’s career: He began his military career by graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and being commissioned in the Army.
…I don’t believe that the GOP or the Dems or the president can actually ‘create’ jobs…
The best they can do is encourage an environment where people who might be willing to assume the risk of hiring other people are more inclined to do so. That’s what I’d like them to do. And to the extent that either party would ever listen to a guy that used to have a show on cable TV — that’s about all I would ask of them…
Mike Rowe proving that all television personalities aren’t undereducated buffoons via Mike Rowe’s Non-Partisan, Full-Throated Defense of Self-Sufficiency and Hard Work May Be the Best Thing You Read All Day
Article I of the impeachment proceedings claims that Holder “engaged in a pattern of conduct incompatible with the trust and confidence placed in him” by refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for documents related to “a legitimate congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms that put thousands of illegally-purchased weapons into the hands of cartel leaders, ultimately resulting in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010.”
Article II of the proceedings charges that Holder violated his oath of office by refusing to enforce certain laws that the Obama administration, for various reasons, decided not to enforce, including the Defense of Marriage Act, which the administration deemed unconstitutional.
Article III also charges that Holder violated his oath of office, this time by “refusing to prosecute individuals involved in the Internal Revenue Service scandal of unauthorized disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors.”
Finally, Article IV claims Holder “provided false testimony to the House Judiciary Committee” regarding the potential prosecution of a member of the news media, Fox News correspondent James Rosen, using the Espionage Act.
Rep. Pete Olson describing the Articles of Impeachment he intends to file against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Andrew’s Note: What, no mention of post facto support to and fostering of election tampering and opposing laws intended to assure the integrity of elections?
Alien – an American sovereign in his probationary state.
Journalist & Civil War First Lieutenant Ambrose Bierce
Andrew’s Note: We still had a continent to tame when Bierce wrote these words. I wonder what Bierce would make of our current dialog on whether to allow/encourage illegal immigration and make those who jumped through all the hoops to immigrate legally feel like patsies?
I love analogies. Analogies are a great way to explain complex relationships in just a sentence or two. A few days ago I solicited your help with completing the analogy below:
Expecting government spending to drive the economy is like…
We’ve had a number of submissions and different readers took very different approaches but I was looking for that one best analogy to drop into my verbal repertoire for those times when I’m visiting with those who call for more government intervention to fix the economy. It’s amazing how many otherwise intelligent people have failed to learn the lesson that the more centralized an economy is the less efficient it is.
I sometimes wonder where our penchant for big government solutions to each and every challenge comes from…is it that most of us were educated by government (or at least public) employees? I received my education almost exclusively in public schools and university but I was taught how to think, not merely what to think. I remember numerous with agenda pushing indoctrinators posing as ’teachers’ but they were counterbalanced by those fine educators who mentored us in how to properly analyze data, construct an argument and present our findings whether they agreed with us or not.
When faced those with an inadequate grasp of history, economics or both I now have a new tool in my repertoire, an analogy that cuts right to the chase and should be easily understandable by the vast majority of those I meet in my day to day life and it is: Continue reading
This [government takeover of retail chain and selling off inventory for government set prices not based on actual costs] is for the good of the nation… Leave nothing on the shelves, nothing in the warehouses … Let nothing remain in stock!”
Andrew’s Note: There go 500 Venezuelan jobs and what little confidence any remaining private enterprise in Venezuela had that it could escape being looted and have its inventory sold for pennies on the dollar. The action was taken by the Venezuelan government because the retail chain had the audacity to sell goods for market rates rather than the government set rates which would have assured the company nothing but bankruptcy.
I’m so glad that we no longer have government bureaucrats insulated from the reality of market forces setting prices for private businesses like we did as recently as the Nixon administration or of course the Obama administrations… price fixing in the 1.6 Trillion Dollar Health Care Industry or the interest rates in the banking and housing industries. The problem with agreeing to government price cups, caps, floors and fixing is that as soon as you allow any government to think it can repeal the laws of supply and demand then all you are left with is arguing about degrees of enterprise crushing intervention. For example: when I was in Iraq in 2007 the Iraqi government wanted to assure the populace of the oil rich country that gas would be inexpensive so they set price controls (I don’t remember but it seems like it was about a half dollar U.S per liter). What happened is that corrupt officials, insurgent groups/organized crime bought all the cheap gas so there wasn’t any for consumers. All the gas was either getting trucked to neighboring countries to be sold at a profit or sold on black market stands to consumers at [black] market prices. The gas stations were closed and empty but there was a guy halfway down the street with jerrycans of fuel for sale on the side of the street.