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Must Reads For The Week 4/7/18

April 9, 2018

Mr. Mark Robinson Addresses Greensboro City Council In Support Of The Second Amendment. No one could have made these points better.

Mr. Robinson Nails It. Read this quote from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s of a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against…..We’re after power ad we mean it….There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding Citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

Ayn Rand: “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”

London Mayor Unveils  New Stop-And Frisk Police Policy To Enforce City-Wide Knife Ban, at zerohedge.com. I didn’t think this was real. This could have been from The Onion. This story makes the above quote from Atlas Shrugged ring true. London Mayor Sidiq Kahn said: “….These statistics (37,443 knife offenses) show …… a government that has been desperately weak on crime for the last eight years, as well as weak on the causes of crime.” So what is the ’cause of crime”? Knives! Here is more from Mayor Sidiq Kahn: “Let me be clear – there is no reason to carry a knife. To anyone who does – they will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.

Michelle Obama Says Barack ‘Was Like The Good Parent’, Calls Trump ‘The Other Parent’. by William Cummings, at usatoday.com. The fact that progressive leftists, like Michelle, think of the President and the government as a parent means they think we are their children. The problem with this paternal relationship narrative, constructed by the progressive left, is that close to 50% of the citizenry believe it. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are responsible for yourself. Our Government was not founded to be responsible for you. When Government does something for you, it means that politicians and bureaucrats must first take from what other citizens have produced. Why? Because Government doesn’t produce anything. Individuals in the market produce wealth. Government consumes wealth.

DHS Has Detected Possible Cell Phone Surveillance In D.C. and Doesn’t Know Who Is Doing It, at washingtonpost.com. These StingRay devices have been used against U.S. citizens for years by local and federal law enforcement. So the Government is getting a taste of its own surveillance medicine. Good! Doesn’t taste so good. Does it?

Scott Pruitt Is Trump’s Biggest Asset, So The Left Wants Him Gone, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. Rolling back onerous EPA regulations has made Scott Pruitt a hero in my book. Which is why he is a villan in the eyes of the progressive left.

Illegal Immigrants Shielded From University Of California Out-Of-State Tuition Hike, at thecollegefix.com. Illegal Immigrants in California don’t have to pay out-of-state tuition. But out-of-state U.S. citizens do. This makes perfect sense. Illegals living in California vote in California elections. U.S. citizens living outside of California don’t vote in California elections.

THE ECONOMY

Fed’s QE-Unwind Proceeds Despite Stock Market Sell-Offs, at zerohedge.com. First of all the Fed should never have purchased U.S. T Bills and/or Mortgage Backed Securities. The Fed interfered with what the market would have decided these assets were worth. This interference has kept interest rates below what they would have been on the free market. The liquidation would have been painful but swift. All the Fed has done is allow more pain to be felt incrementally over time.

Subprime Auto Implosion In Full Effect As Lenders Start Dropping Like Flies, at zerohedge.com. This is the automobile businesses version of the popping of the 08 Housing bubble. Loaning money to people who can’t pay it back is a recipe for disaster.

Mall Vacancies At Six-Year High As Local Economies Stumble On Retail Slump, at zerohedge.com. Commercial real estate was over built thanks to easy money from the Fed. Under market interest rates and sound money this commercial bubble would not have gotten off the ground. Building all these malls was a waste of scarce resources. This land (resources), labor and capital could have been used in more productive activities. Artificially low interest rates funneled resources into non productive activities. On a similar note, Retail Real Estate Bubble Turns Manhattan Into A “Shopping Wasteland“, at zerohedge.com, Please. No more government help or bail outs. Government intervention is what caused the bubble in the first place. Allow the liquidation to happen. It will hurt, but it will put the economy on solid ground from which to build.

US Congressman Pushes Bill To Reinstate Gold Standard, at zerohedge.com. Our dollars purchasing power would increase if it was pegged to a certain weight in gold. Prices rising is not inflation. Printing money is inflation. Increased prices is the symptom of the money printing problem.

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Observations From The Margin

December 3, 2013
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Observation  (Photo credit: mooglet)

– How can William P.White the D.C. insurance commissioner get fired by the D.C. Mayor for telling the truth about Obamacare, while everyone who lied about Obamacare gets to keep their job.

– Politicians never cease to amaze me. John McCain called Ted Cruz attempt to repeal or defund Obamacare, “not rational”, and to attempt it during the Gov. shutdown was considered “a fool’s errand”. Six weeks later in an appearence on the Greta Van Susteren show McCain said Obamacare should be repealed. Most politicians live in a zero sum moment that they think can never change. McCain was acting on the polls at the time of Cruzes filibuster, while Cruz was trying to educate people about the problems concerning Obamacare, in an attempt to move public opinion toward repeal. Cruz succeeded with the help of the predictable debacle that the Obamacare roll out has become.When public opinion shifted, McCain found himself in a “new” zero sum moment. Seeing the parade of public opinion coming down the street, he grabbed the conductor’s baton and jumped in front of it in an attempt to look as if he was leading it. This is the reality of politics and politicians, and why I lothe it and them.

– The free market, not Government regulation, has allowed the production of the highest quality and quantity of healthcare possible. Over the years, Government intervention has worked to slow the progress of healthcare while driving up the cost, at the same time that new technological discoveries have worked to advance healthcare, and make it less expensive. We have no idea how advanced and less expensive healthcare would be if the free market would have been allowed to work unimpeded by Government regulations.

– Obamacare is the attempt by central planners to move healthcare toward a single payer system, aka socialized medicine. These central planners simply don’t like the results produced by individuals making voluntary decisions in a free market. They think their superior wisdom can produce better healthcare at an “affordable” price. Unfortunately for the planners Obamacare increases demand for healthcare, while at the same time constraining the supply of healthcare, which will result in less healthcare at higher prices. Their superior wisdom can’t veto the economic law of supply and demand.

– Politicians and bureaucrats can mandate that healthcare be provided to everyone, but if there is nobody to provide healthcare, what good is the mandate. They are promising you access to something that they don’t produce. Individuals produce healthcare, and if an individual decides the payment for his production isn’t enough, he will produce some other good or service for a payment he thinks is enough.

– How can the President, seemingly every week, get away with making executive orders that change Obamacare, which is the law of the land? Is it because the opposition party is pusillanimous. Tyrants become more bold when their power grabs are not challenged.

– Let’s see if I have this right. 1) Obamacare mandated that everyone purchase health insurance, even if they don’t want it. 2) If they already had a voluntary contract with an insurance provider, the Government arbitrarily nullified the mutually agreed upon contract, because it didn’t meet Obamacare’s arbitrary standards. 3) The President then decided that insurance companies reinstate the insurance plans that Obamacare mandates outlawed. 4) The insurance companies have said they can’t or won’t reinstate the policies that were outlawed under Obamacare. I guess being King is a lot easier in theory than it is in reality.

– Experts from Google and Oracle have been brought in as part of the “tech surge” to fix the problems with the healthcare.gov website. Why didn’t the “all-knowing” Government bureaucrats let these experts set up the website in the first place?

– The books Atlas Shrugged, Animal Farm, and 1984 were categorized as works of fiction when each was published. If they were published today they would be categorized as history books.

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Must Reads For The Week 6/15/13

June 15, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Jay Leno: “We Wanted A President Who Listens To All Americans- Now We Have One.” at economicpolicyjournal.com. If you can’t take a moment and laugh at this mess you would probably go crazy.

State Department Officials Covered Up Several Investigations, by Brandon Webb, at sofrep.com. What else is new?

Video: A New Monument In Our Nations Capital, at libertypen.com. This is going to be the response to Government if they keep intervening in our lives.

Sales of  ‘1984’ Spike Amid NSA Spying Scandal, by Michael Winter, at usatoday.com. Animal Farm, Atlas Shrugged, The Road To Serfdom, and 1984 should all be required reading.

Obama’s Africa Trip Counld Cost $100 million, by Lisa Barron, newsmax.com. The Government cut tours of the White House this spring because of sequestration. Remember, what people value is revealed by their action. What do these actions reveal?

GM Hopes To Boost Sales Of The Chevy Volt By Offering A $5000 Discount, at zerohedge.com. The Government is going to create a thriving market for electric vehicles even if they have to force car makers to give them away.

Why Delivering Beer Isn’t Easy, by Doug Altner, at libertypen.blogspot.com. Every Government intervention pushes prices higher. We need another stupid rule to fix this stupid rule.