Than making a poor decision is doubling down on it when one knows it is the wrong thing to do, but can’t stop because of an addiction: Iowa Republicans Gov. Terry Branstad, Sen. Chuck Grassley, and Rep. Steve King are up in arms over the EPA’s decision to roll back ethanol-to-gas volumes because ethanol producers have reached a blending wall in production. The trio – who are ostensibly against government subsidies except in cases where it helps them – have threatened legal action against the EPA because they believe the agency doesn’t have the authority to arbitrarily reduce the amount….
This Thanksgiving, while we have many positive things for which to be grateful, we also have many negative things for which we should be grateful. Paul Rahe brings up one very important bad thing for which we should be thankful, the failed experiment in socialism performed by the Pilgrims. At the end, he provides us with this summation, one which is based on an understanding of the human heart, and as such, is timeless in its application: The moral is perfectly clear. Self-interest cannot be expunged. Where there is private property and its possession and acquisition are protected and treated….
ObamaCare is in serious trouble. And yes, this is a good thing. Of course, we also have a President who doesn’t like to let a crisis go to waste, so who knows what might be getting cooked up to take advantage of this one. Speaking of ObamaCare and cooking, here’s a good thought: Like a frog who cooks in a slowly heated pan of water, the long term outcome is far more damaging than if the frog is thrown in hot water, feels the pain and jumps out. The very reason that Americans are turning on Obamacare and its authors….
As regular readers of this space know, I’m not at all certain that the decades-long push to have everyone graduate from college is a good thing. Here’s just one reason: [T]here are 155,000 janitors with bachelor degrees right now, according to Bob Morse, who is the director of data research at U.S. News and World Report — the magazine that produces its definitive college rankings every year. That’s more people than there are chemists. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a janitor. At one time, I was essentially that (cleaning beach-houses on the Jersey Shore). I did this before….
Well, don’t look at me that way. I’m just repeating what other folks are saying: Democrats flat-out despise insurance companies. They’ve been called “immoral villains” (Pelosi), “deceptive and dishonest” (President Barack Obama), “fly-by-night” (former Gov. and DNC chair Howard Dean), “rapacious” (Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.) and “greedy” (Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.). Are health insurance companies any greedier than any other for-profit sector of the economy? In 2009, before Obamacare, profit margins for the network and communications equipment industry averaged 20.4 percent; Internet services and retailing was 19.4 percent; pharmaceuticals averaged 19.3 percent; railroads 12.6 percent; gas and electric utilities 8.7….
On this Veteran’s day, I am reminded of a number of family members who served, including my father, both grandfathers, and several great-uncles. Most of them are now passed on to their various rewards, but a couple of stories have stuck with me. The first is of my great-uncle who flew B-17s in WWII. His plane was shot down at one point, but he managed to parachute to safety. Back then, parachute cloth was made from silk. Somehow, he managed to preserve a piece of his parachute (not sure how far he was from safe territory when he made it….
Here’s an excellent piece which should be read by everyone under the age of 30 (and then by everyone else): I met someone today who doesn’t deserve a living wage. I’m often told such people don’t exist, so maybe I hallucinated this encounter. From what I could see he wasn’t deserving of a job or a wage. At some point in his life, he might be. Perhaps next week. But today? No. The author goes on to relate exactly what happened to drive that point home for him when he witnessed the complete disconnect between someone who said he was….
Word is today that a group of journalists have been coached on how to cover ObamaCare. Is this not the antithesis of journalism? We don’t need a Ministry of Propaganda or a Ministry of Truth in this country, but it hard to see where this is practically any different.
Sometimes things work out the way they should (or at least the way we think they should). And then there are times like now, when we might be able to find a hundred reasons to be upset, concerned, worried, or otherwise expending precious energy in unprofitable emotional pursuits. It would be better were we to grab a shovel and start in on the pile of manure, or as Sarah Hoyt puts it: Being a conservative/libertarian is sort of like that. You’re always cleaning poop you didn’t make. And you don’t want to, because you have no interest in power over….
I’m usually not accused of being an optimist, unless I’m completely surrounded by pessimists and feel the need for some counter-programming. Sarah Hoyt does not suffer from my difficulty: We are flexible. No, this is important. We change, and the society allows us to change. The sense of humor, the organization, the initiative, all of it adds up to us saying “just because I’ve always been like that, doesn’t mean I’ll be like that tomorrow. And society doesn’t try to keep us in our appointed pigeon hole. And this is probably why you can become an American. Most other nationalities,….