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Must Reads For The Week 11/3/18

November 4, 2018

Demotivational Thursday, by theburningplatform.com. This is really good. Here are a few examples of what is in this post from theburningplatform:

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Social Justice begets Poetic Justice – Be Careful What You Wish For. by Mark Shupe, at centerforindividualism.org. Excerpt from the article: “Poetic justice is the consequence of reality. It rewards rational behavior and long-term thinking, ethics being a primary building block for civilization.”

“Social justice is the opposite. Virtue is sacrifice, reality is different for everyone, and none of it is spontaneous…..social justice is irrational meaning it is a dishonest insinuation that one ought to agree to a demand of some special interest which can give no real reason for it. Instead of self-determination the governing elites believe it is in their power to design and determine future outcomes.”

“Social justice is top down, forced, and contrived for the benefit of identity groups. Poetic justice is bottom up, organic, and derived. Like English common law, poetic justice is an emergent phenomenon, and about the individual.”

“The most prolific social justice warrior of 21st century America is President Barack Obama; and in an extraordinary example of poetic justice, he handed the keys to the White House over to President Donald Trump.

“But President Trump is not a poetic justice warrior, he’s a pragmatist. So who is? Or as Nassim Taleb might ask, who has skin in the game? In Trump’s case, it’s the average citizen who voted for him. People who were tired of being patsies for the political, media, banking, and education elites. People who take care of their families, their customers, and their communities. They think long-term and generally don’t get involved in the activism of politics unless reality beckons. For them, poetic justice is not immediate, only inevitable.

While bureaucracies separate unaccountable decision makers from the consequences of their mediocrity and hubris, decentralization and networks keep risks and rewards where they belong.

Western Media Make One Death A Tragedy, Millions A Statistic, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media picks to cover what is “important” and what “is not important”. Since the MSM has decided the death of Jamal Khashoggi is important, they think all of us should think it is important. But I have some “news” for the MSM. Since time is a scarce resource and value is subjective, I (and probably many other people, although I can’t speak for others) don’t have enough time to spend on something that is near the bottom of (or not on) my value scale. But wait a minute? I did spend a little time writing about this, so did I value this over something else I could have done with this time? Or could it be that writing this weekly post is what I value over something else I could be doing with my time? And this particular article has no value outside of writing this post? Hmmmmmmm……?

How Public Schools Indoctrinate Kids Without Almost Anyone Noticing, by Auguste Meyrat, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “While indoctrination involves pushing a certain opinion, it is also much more. It is the comprehensive effort of passively disseminating a particular viewpoint. The passive aspect is key. People who are indoctrinated with a certain narrative or ideology do not arrive at the intended conclusions through their own thinking, but hear the same thing repeated in a million different ways until they finally take it as unquestionable truth.

Because indoctrination happens in the absence of thinking, many teachers who engage in indoctrination do so unconsciously. They themselves take what they’re given and pass it along without thinking.

“Thoughtlessness is essential. As the fictional demon Screwtape, from C.S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters,” states in his letters to Wormwood, “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.” A person who really thinks will eventually reason himself out of the things he heard at school.”

The only real solution to indoctrination, then, is good teachers. Good teachers (which include parents, mentors, and other knowledgeable adults) train students in methods of thought while supplying the stuff of thought. They teach a person to evaluate an argument properly, find actual solutions to problems, and determine what is true and what is false.”

Paul Volcker’s New Memoir: A Broadside Against His Successors?, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. The individuals who get their hands on the Feds printed money first receive the benefit, while the rest of us pay for that benefit in higher prices down the road. People who don’t have access to the counterfeit money are having their wealth redistributed to the first receivers of the Feds counterfeit money.

Here is an excerpt from Volcker’s new book: “More recently, a remarkable consensus has developed among central bankers that there’s a new “red line” for policy: A 2% rate of increase in some carefully designed consumer price index is acceptable, even desirable, and at the same time provides a limit.”

“I puzzle about the rational. a 2% target, or limit, was not in my textbooks years ago. I know of no theoretical justification. It’s difficult to be both a target and a limit at the same time. And a 2% inflation rate, successfully maintained, would mean the price level doubles in little more than a generation.”

Exposing The Fed’s Mandate To Pick Your Pocket – The Real Price Of Inflation, at zerohedge.com. Here is a great article related to the one above. It explains, in more detail, who pays for the cost of the Feds inflationary counterfeit money printing policies.

“Your Pet Will Be Confiscated!” : A Shocking Glimpse Inside China’s New Social Credit System, at zerohedge.com. This could never happen in America? Could It? Oh yes it can. And probably is to some extent. It is bad enough that we trust Google with information about us. What happens when these companies voluntarily get into bed with individuals in Government, or individuals in Government force these companies to get into bed with them?

On an unrelated topic:  CIA Secretly Intercepted Congressional Communications About Whistleblowers, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com. The things that are happening in China are already happening here. Only on a smaller scale. I hope!

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Don Lemon: “I Apologize If Any Evil White People Were Offended By My Remarks’,at thebabylonbee.com. This is actually supposed to be satire. But it turns out it is real. To find out Read here.

Opinion: How Do These Elections, Which Pit Us Against Each Other In Win/Lose Scenarios, Keep Leading To Division? at babylonbee.com.

Bernie Sanders Cheerily Greets Trick-Or-Treaters Before Stealing Their Candy For Redistribution, at babylonbee.com.

Data Suggests Democrats’ Rhetoric May Be Inciting Violence Against The Unborn, at babylonbee.com.

Media Congratulates Meghan Markle On Meaningless Blob Of Tissue Developing In Her Womb, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 2/24/18

February 26, 2018

FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING AFTERMATH

FBI Tipster Transcript Leaked: Cruz Will “Get Into A School And Shoot the Place Up”: Full Text, at zerohedge.com. No investigative action was taken from the agency that tells us, “if you see something say something”.

“There Was A Mistake Made” – FBI’s No. 2 Refuses To Provide Details On How Cruz Tips Were Fumbled, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of Government failure.

Officer’s Hesitation To Stop Shooting Fits A Pattern Of Police Cowardice, at the federalist.com. Armed school resource officer didn’t try to enter school to stop shooter. Government failure? Excerpt from the article: “It’s a lot easier to police good people than bad ones. That’s why police …….want to take law-abiding citizens’ guns instead of to go after criminal…..Scaring dopey teens and banning AR-15s is easy. Following up on truly dangerous people, building a case about their mental health, getting the evidence a judge needs to act, that’s hard work. So is going into a building where shots are being fired. Cops aren’t heroes for doing “easy”. They are heroes – and most of them are – for doing the hard stuff.”

“Shocked And Outraged”: Four Broward Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Were Massacred, at zerohedge.com. Government failure anyone? Four officers from the Broward County Sheriff department failed to enter the building when they arrived on the scene. And people are blaming the NRA?

Guns And Schools: Can The Market Do Better? by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. Why do people look to Government first when they want “solutions” to “problems”. Government doesn’t provide the incentives to come up with a solution, a trade-off or the tolerable best that can be accepted. Individuals in Government aren’t incentivized to “solve” problems. They need the problem to exist for the simple fact that they can use it for their political benefit. People need to understand that these problems could be dealt with best by allowing each school system to implement their ideas for making their schools safe? Excerpt from the article: There are no top-down political solutions available from Washington. Gun control doesn’t actually prevent crime, but it does provide the political class and media with another diversionary bitter cultural debate. Americans are deeply divided on guns, just as they are deeply divided on abortion and climate change and scores of other issues. And why should we expect otherwise, in a far-flung country of 320 million people with wildly diverse geographies, economies, and cultures? ….. Contrary to popular belief, the Second Amendment neither “federalized” gun laws nor created a right to private ownership of firearms. It simply enshrined the notion that “the people” need to be armed to defend themselves potentially against the state itself.

Security Works At Disney – But Can’t Work At A Public School? by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Those places (private sector) that actually value the safety and quality-of-experience for the people present have a much different attitude about security than public schools do. And, no doubt, part of the reason that public schools and their supporters can continue to get away with their dismissive attitude toward real security is because no matter how many shooting take place on school property, the schools are never held legally accountable. It’s much easier for the counties and the school boards to shrug and say “there’s not enough money.

6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Budging On Gun Control, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “Second Amendment advocates truly view owning a firearm as an intrinsic right and a must to preserve liberty. It has nothing to do with hunting. It has nothing to do with hobbies……..So many gun control advocates are begging for a conversation on this issue, and it’s unfortunate they don’t see the Second Amendment advocates as willing to engage. I find it hard to have an honest and vulnerable conversation about a deeply held right when the starting point is often challenging my motives while coming from a place of ignorance on firearms. If you’re really looking to win over your gun-loving friend, try reading up on firearms, dumping anti-NRA talking points, and assume he or she is equally committed to preventing these evil acts.

GOVERNMENT IS FORCE

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Pulls Stunning Coup In Map Drawing Stunt, by Kyle Sammin, at thefederalist.com. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court usurped the power of the legislature with this ruling concerning the drawing of congressional districts. Courts are not legislative bodies.

CalPERS Is Near Insolvency; t Needs A Bailout Soon” – Former Board Member Makes Stunning Admission, at zerohedge.com. California’s public pension program isn’t going to be able to fulfill its promises to retired workers. This is another example of Government having no incentive to fight the public unions when it comes to increasing benefits. Years of caving to unions has brought California’s pension program to the brink of insolvency. At some point someone will have to give something up. Do you want to bet it will be the tax payer?

In An Unexpected Twist, Judge In Flynn Case Asks Mueller For “Exculpatory Evidence“, at zerohedge.com.  Another example of government abuse of power. The special counsel is supposed to turn over all of its evidence to attorneys for the  defendant. Even evidence that doesn’t help the prosecutions case. They didn’t turn it over before Flynn plead guilty. This is an example of tyrants using the power of government to get the outcome they want.

Scandal, Corruption, And Law Breaking – And So What, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. The breakdown of the rule of law starts with Government. This is an example of individuals in government operating illegally. People don’t respond well to being told to follow the law when the people telling them are breaking the law. This never ends well.

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Must Reads For The Week 1/27/18

January 28, 2018

Trump Slaps Tariffs On Imported Solar Panels And Washing Machines, at npr.org. Trump is wrong on this issue. On the one hand he has taken the foot off the brakes on the economy by rolling back government regulations and taxes. On the other hand he is increasing taxes (tariffs) on certain imports which is like putting his other foot on the emergency brake.

US Rig Count Soars Most In 10 Months As Production Hits Record High, at zerohedge.com. American fracking has forced oil to trade in a narrower range. Huge upside swings in prices have been negated because oil can be supplied by fracking in the US at a lower price then it could before the fracking boom.  Which leads to this story. “Leave Us Alone” – Saudi Oil Minister Slams Shale Hype, at zerohedge.com. OPEC has lost its ability to increase the price of oil by decreasing their supply of oil. OPEC thought they had it made when the price of oil went to $125+ in early 2012. But the high price allowed fracking to be profitable at this price. Now look what has happened. OPEC cut its own throat.

“It Just Gets Worse And Worse”: A Record 32% Of Used Car Trade-Ins Are Underwater, at zerohedge.com. Is trading in a car which has negative equity, and financing the balance owed in the new loan on the new car a good idea? The person would be paying interest on the new car as well as the old car which of course they no longer own.

STUDY: Sandwiches Cause ‘Global Warming’ , by Rob Bushway, at climatedepot.com. These researchers are studying the carbon footprint of the production of the contents and packaging of sandwiches. My question is; won’t the contents still be produced even if sandwiches were outlawed? People will still eat. It just won’t be in the form of a sandwich. But let’s get to the main point. CO2 is not a pollutant. It is plant food. CO2 is used by plants in the process of photosynthesis. Oxygen is the waste product of photosynthesis. Which, by the way, humans need to live.

Embarrassment For NBC News After Lester Holt Apparently Falls For North Korean Propaganda, at foxnews.com. Are they really embarrassed? Remember NYT reporter Walter Duranty reporting how great communism was while millions were killed by Stalin. Communism fits the media’s vision of the world, which is central planning by our bettors.

Facebook Says ‘Insignificant’ Overlap Between Russia Ads, Trump, at bloomberg.com. Facebook says it can’t substantiate or disprove collusion. Since the charge is Trump colluded with the Russians. The burden of proof is on the side that brings the charges. Collusion has to be proven. When you use the term ‘disprove’ you are trying to leave doubt in people’s minds. Until there is proof, collusion didn’t happen.

Starbucks Will Spend $250 Million On Worker Benefits, at zerohedge.com. Here is what Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said, “Investing in our partners has long been our strategy…Due to the recent changes in U.S. tax law, we are able to accelerate some significant partner investments.” Taxes and regulations have a negative affect on business activity.

THE RESULTS OF ILLINOIS SOCIALIST POLICIES

The Incredible Shrinking Illinois: High Taxes And Low Economic Freedom Have led To State Crisis, at zerohedge.com. People ultimately vote with their feet when they think government regulations and taxes become too oppressive. The population of Illinois is shrinking to the point where it could possibly lose a house seat.

Illinois Unveils Another Shocker: Sell A Record $107 Billion In Debt To Fund Insolvent Pensions, at zerohedge.com. You don’t solve a debt problem by taking on more debt. With people leaving Illinois (as we see in the above article) how will the new debt be pay back with fewer tax payers? Especially if you can’t pay off present debt with the existing tax base?

COLLEGES ARE PROGRESSIVE INDOCTRINATION CAMPS

Students Hold ‘Bleed-In’ To Demand Free Menstrual Products, By Daniel Weldon, at camppusreform.org. How ignorant are you about how the world works if you think that something is free. Nothing is free. Everything has to be produced before it can be consumed. Do these people think that menstrual products magically grow on the feminine hygiene tree.

Judge Forces University of Iowa To Recognize Christian Student Group On Same Terms As Muslim Group, by Greg Piper, at collegefis.com. U of Iowa derecognized a Christian student group because of its requirement that its leaders must abide by sexual moral conduct rules. A Muslim student group has similar requirements for its members but the U of Iowa didn’t seem to care about these requirements. A judge has ordered the U of Iowa to treat all organizations the same. She said, “…groups are permitted to organize around their missions and beliefs.” I guess Christian ideas don’t fit well with the ideology of the progressive left. Can we all agree colleges and universities are indoctrination camps for the progressive left.

College Pays $55k To Settle Lawsuit With Arrested Students, by Adam Sabes, at campusreform.org. Campus police at Kellogg Community College arrested two students for passing out the Constitution of the United States. The two students sued and won. They will receive $55k in damages.

SOCIALISM IN VENEZUELA. HOW IS IT WORKING OUT?

In Venezuela, “We Loot Or We Die OF Hunger”, at zerohedge.com. Government economic planning destroys a countries standard of living. When you have to loot to eat you have hit bottom. Government planning, especially Government money printing, destroys wealth, it doesn’t create wealth. This won’t end well.

“It’s Not Politics, It’s Survival” – Bitcoin, Local Currencies Are Taking Over In Venezuela, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “..in Venezuela, the collapse of the Bolivar has forced locals to turn to alternatives like bitcoin and local community-issued currencies with fixed exchange rates.” This shows that money is a market phenomenon. When a government debases its currency, the market (individuals making decisions), will reveal what will be used as the new medium of exchange (money). The idea of a medium of exchange (money) didn’t come from government, it evolved through the market process.

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Must Reads For The Week 9/23/17

September 24, 2017

The Obamacare “Death Spiral”: Health Plans Now Cost Employers More Than A New Car, at zerohedge.com. The results of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare are obvious. Nothing has been made affordable (whatever your definition of affordable is). This was predicted by people who were against the government take over of healthcare. You would logically think that it would be easy to get rid of the policy that caused the problem. But Obamacare was an increase in the power of government. And once government increases its power it is almost impossible to make them give it up. That is why the Republicans are only talking about fake repeal right now. They want to pass a bill that can be spun as keeping their promise to repeal Obamacare, even though it doesn’t.

GOP Leaders Are Trying To Bribe An Alaska Senator To Repeal Obamacare – By Letting Her State Keep Obamacare, at reason.com. This is evidence of what I talked about concerning the above article. No other comment is needed.

Pension Storm Coming: “This Will Become One Of The Most Heated Battles Of My Lifetime”, at zerohedge.com. What happens when there is not enough in the funds to pay the increasing number of retirees on public pension plans? At some point someone is going to have to give something up. Unfortunately it is usually the tax payer. Which is really starting to get old.

Illinois Unpaid Vendor Backlog Hits A New Record At Over $16 Billion, at zerohedge.com. Here is another example of what happens when year after year Government spends far above what it takes in taxes. Who is going to pay for this? You and me! Until we don’t produce enough to pay for it anymore and then these States will have to go bankrupt.

Price controls Lead To Predictable Shortages, at reason.com. Socialist policies can’t stop the laws of economics. In fact economic laws eventually reveal the folly of socialist policies. Venezuela is a disaster and it isn’t getting the media coverage it deserves. I wonder why?

Electrical Workers In Fl. Are Paid 2-3X The Normal Hourly Wage And Regarded As Heroes. But Aren’t They Price Gougers? at carpediemblog. Great question. Why aren’t these workers called price gougers? By ‘political’ definition they are price gouging. If government wouldn’t have allowed them to raise the price of their labor, would they have gone down there to ‘help’?

The Much-Deserved End Of Obama’s Operation Choke Point, at freedomandprosperity.org. This is the kind of government abuse of power that most people don’t know about. Good riddance. If you haven’t heard of Operation Choke Point, check out the article.

Climate Models Run Too Hot: Settled Science Again, at reason.com. Global warming is based on ‘scientific’ models. What do you do when the models don’t match reality? Well that depends on if you’re conducting your scientific modeling because of politics or if it is a real scientific discovery process. Remember two things. Science is never settled and everything is political.

Bay Area Sues Big Oil For Billions, at zerohedge.com. San Fran and Oakland are suing oil companies for their effect on climate change. When I told my brother about this article, he asked; Can everyone who uses products made with oil also be sued? People use these products with full knowledge of what global warming scientists are saying. Even the people suing the oil companies have to use products made from oil just to survive everyday.

Study: Seattle Minimum Wage Increase Led To More Restaurant Hygiene Violations, at freebeacon.com. Here is another unintended consequence of government intervention.

San Diego Begins Bleaching Streets To Contain Outbreak Of Hepatitis A, at zerohedge.com. People take the flush toilet and indoor plumbing for granted. Fecal matter contains disease. The flush toilet takes fecal matter far away from people. The flush toilet saves lives.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 4/29/17

April 29, 2017

Fannie Introduces “Innovative Solutions” Allowing Student-Debt-Laden Millennials To Buy a Home, at zerohedge.com. Government and it’s agents are creating debt-serfs for life. Unless the government forgives existing student loan debt. Of course tax payers will have to pay back the forgiven student loans. Heads they win tails we lose.

Puerto Rico Takes First Steps Toward Bankruptcy-ish Filing, at zerohedge.com. At a certain point it’s impossible to pay back the debt you incurred. The whole world, governments and individuals (read above), are heading in this direction. Thank you central banks of the world.

Why “Nothing Matters”: Central Banks Have Bought A Record $1 Trillion In Assets In 2017, at zerohedge.com. This is what we’ve been talking about forever. You can’t counterfeit and borrow your way to prosperity. This is how you steal from the future.

Yale Grad Students ‘Hunger Strike’ Apparently Involves Eating When Hungry, at foxnews.com. A few observations about this article. 1) This reminds me of our school showing solidarity for the homeless by making their own shanty town. Students made their own shelters out of cardboard boxes. Except they moved the shanty town inside the gym because it was too cold outside. 2) A “hunger strike” involving eating is redefining the term “hunger strike”, Isn’t it? 3) The university administration said, ‘they understood the students concerns, but strongly urge that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so’. Administrators act like these college students are children. By definition “college students” are “adults”. We’re creating a generation of wimps!

Seattle Socialist Councilwomen Kshama Sawant Calls For Shutting Down Highways and Airport On May Day, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming City workers have a right to request off on May 1, without retaliation, to attend May Day “celebrations” (mass protests). Councilwoman Sawant wants workers and protesters to shut down highways and airports on May Day. May Day was originally a European celebration of Spring. It has been taken over by Marxists, communists and socialists to promote their statist ideology under the guise of helping workers.

Why Politicians Win (And Workers Lose) Under Socialism, by Hans Hermann-Hoppe, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Socialism leads to the politicization of society….If people want to improve their income under socialism they have to move toward a more highly valued position in the hierarchy of caretakers. That takes political talent.

Under Socialized Medicine, The State Owns You, by Justin Murray, at mises.org. Remember when Candidate Obama said in 2008, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming America”? Well, here we are. Obamacare has moved us toward a government run single payer system. No bill the Republicans pass, short of repealing all of Obamacare, can change the fundamental transformation that has taken place. State bureaucrats will eventually have to ration healthcare. Which means “death panels”.

The Best History Of How We Got High Medical Prices and Obamacare, at economicpolicyjournal.com. This video explains Market prices vs. Government regulations.

Why We Have A 2nd Amendment: Venezuela Plans To give Firearms To Loyalists To Purge Growing Resistance, at zerohedge.com. Venezuela’s slow socialist march to the bottom is upon us. When socialism destroys a countries standard of living, the leaders only recourse, if you want to stay in power, is to literally kill the people their policies impoverished.

For The Left Socialism Denial Is Holocust Denial, by Robert Trancinski, at thefederalist.com. Socialist central planning has a track record of multiple millions of people being murdered (purged) when they don’t agree with the planners plans. Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Castro’s Cuba to name a few. So lets keep going down this socialist central planning road and see if the result is different! No thanks. Take a stand! Now!

 

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Must Reads For The Week 3/4/17

March 4, 2017

The Craziest Regulations In The Obama Era, at freebeacon.com. The nanny state is in every aspect of our life.

The Most Ridiculous Occupational Licensing Laws, at generationopportunity.com. Why should you get permission from government to get involved in these professions. Shouldn’t politicians have a basic understanding of economics since their policy decisions interfere with our economic decision-making.

Florida’s Government Built A Train – And It Didn’t Go Well, by tho Bishop, at mises.org. Government decided to construct commuter rail connecting the largest towns around Orlando. You can guess the result. It’s losing money. It is so bad, “the cost of issuing and taking tickets is greater than the revenue from ticket sales“.

Trump Orders Agencies To Reduce Regulations, at news.wghb.org. Regulations interfere with free market activities as we can see from the articles above. We need to take the regulatory shackles off of producers.

NY Teamsters Pension Becomes First To Run Out Of Money, As Expert Warns Of ‘Pension Tsunami’ Is Coming, at zerohedge.com. Many of these Union pension funds have turned into Ponzi schemes like social security.

Trump To Propose 24 Percent In EPA Spending, by David Henry, at thehill.com. Cutting the size and scope of government is as simple as cutting their funding. Government agencies exist by leaching off the tax payers aka producers.

Minimum Wage Massacre: Wendys Unleashes 1000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs, at zerohedge.com. Who would have thought that increasing the cost of labor would lead to less of it being employed? Only those ignorant about economic principles.

Economic Reality Check: US Factory Jobs Are Not Coming Back, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Our manufacturing output is increasing as the number of people needed to produce this output is declining. This is a good thing. We are producing more output with less input.

25 Reasons Why Protectionism Is Taken Seriously When It’s Actually A Form Of Economic Suicide, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. 1st reason. “The false belief that trade is a zero-sum game (win-lose), when in fact it is a win-win”.

Maine Drops 9,000 From Food Stamps After Refusal To Comply With Work Requirements, at zerohedge.com. These people couldn’t perform the minimum work requirements to receive food stamp. Obviously they didn’t need them in the first place, or they wouldn’t have made the decision refusing to comply with the work requirements.

Holder Foretells The Return Of Obama: “He’s Coming And He Is Ready To Roll”, at zerohedge.com. Please be like your predecessor George Bush. Just go away!

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Must Reads For The Week 2/25/17

February 25, 2017

Four Agencies To Abolish Along With The Department Of Education, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The Department of Homeland Security, The EPA, The Department of the Interior, and The Department of Agriculture should be cut along with the Department of Education according to Ryan McMaken. I would also cut 10% from the budget of all the other agencies just for starters.

The “Washington Monument Syndrome” Strikes Again As Trump Imposes Hiring Free, by Tate Fegley, at mises.org. When Government budgets get cut, the first thing a Government Agency gets rid of is the most popular programs. Because nobody notices if you cut things that aren’t important ( shouldn’t have existed in the first place). Government agencies try to protect their fiefdom, at the expense of the tax payer (in dollars and regulations).

With Sales Depressed By Soda Tax, Philly Gorcers Look To Cut Jobs As Mayor Blames “Greedy” Soda Industry, by Eric Boehm, at reason.com. Who would have thought that raising the price would mean less demand? Less demand to the point of laying off workers?

Don’t Strangle AirBnb; Cut Its Competitors Some Slack, by A Barton Hinkle, at reason.com. The hotel industry should be lobbying the Government to get rid of cumbersome regulations on their industry instead of lobbying  government to pass more regulations in an attempt to crush their competition. The consumer looses when Government intervenes.

Move Over Greece, Italy’s Crisis Will Be Worse, at zerohedge.com. The world is changing. Governments in countries attempting to control every aspect of an individuals life are being tossed out by voters. That is what BREXIT was about.

South Australia Falls Victim To Green Hubris, by Jordan McGillis, at instituteforenergyresearch.org. Mandating the use of an intermittent supply of electricity like wind comes with a price. That price is rolling blackouts when electricity use surges past the point where intermittent wind can’t keep up with the increased demand.

Billions Gone: 2016 Olympic Venues In Brazil Are Now In Ruins, by Alice Salles, at mises.org. Why do politicians think that building the infrastructure to put on a three week one and done event, like the Olympics, would have any lasting economic effect? Hosting the Olympics is a waste of scarce resources that have alternative uses.

Obama Allows Wind Turbines to Legally Kill Eagles, at instituteforenergyresearch.org. Once again the left has a choice between two competing interests. In this case they must choose between  their beloved green energy and natures creatures. Obama has made a decision that increasing the amount of eagles killed by wind turbines by 4 times the previous number, is an acceptable trade off for his beloved green energy. But what would you expect from the oracle on green energy just before he left office. Obama’s ‘Science’ Article Long On Symbolism, Short On Substance, at instituteforenergyresearch.org.

Calexit – Beat The Crowd, at zerohedge.com. We’ve talked about California wanting to exit the U.S. But the real Calexit has and is already taking place. The real Calexit is the exit of individuals from California to states that have lower taxes and less regulation. No shock here. When you increase the cost of being a resident of California, you will have fewer residences.

RESPONDING TO FAKE NEWS

MSM Touts New Poll Showing Record Obamacare Support; Ignores 14 – Point Dem Over Sampling, at zerohedge.com. Here is an example of the MSM creating fake news from a fake poll.

White House Bars CNN, NYT, Others From Media Briefing, zerohedge.com. The MSM doesn’t know how to respond to Trump when he fights back, because past Republicans would have caved in at the first sign of media pressure. This should be the new template for how to deal with media bias. The media bullies don’t know what to do when they get their nose bloodied.

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