Posted tagged ‘Cartoons’

Must Reads For The Week 5/20/17

May 20, 2017

How The Obama Precedent Empowered Trump, by Victor Davis Hanson, at victorhanson.com. Excerpt from the article: “A supposedly disinterested media’s ecstasy over Obama’s election ensured that its subsequent revulsion at Trump could be taken no more seriously. Once a journalist declares a president a god or capable of sending shocks down one’s leg, then he would be no more credible if he were to pronounce another president the anti-Christ or capable of causing boils on one’s appendages…….A critical media is not a mere reset button that one turns on and off at one’s convenience. Instead, once it was short-circuited after 2008, its burned-out switch cannot be flipped back on in 2007. In sum, there is no longer a believable media that can offer credible critiques of the Trump presidency.”

Sock Puppets Taken To An Entirely New Level: ‘Click’ Farms Of 10,000 Phones That Give FAKE Likes, by John Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. Fake likes produce fake stats about which stories are trending on social media. You now have the ability to manufacture fake outrage. Related article – Up To 15% Of Twitter Accounts Are Fake, Study Finds, at zerohedge.com.

Donald Trump’s Big Problem, He Doesn’t Understand Power, at targetliberty.com. Trump is an outsider who doesn’t understand the game played by the insiders.

Dismantle The FBI, And Give Its Money Back To The States, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The FBI has turned into a big bloated money-grubbing political bureaucracy. Its goal is to make sure the FBI is declared the winner in every situation. It’s job of law enforcement can be done better and cheaper if it was decentralized. The leadership of the FBI, (not the rank and file agents), aren’t the guys wearing the white hats like they have been portrayed.

Public-Sector Unions Keep The Gravy Train Flowing To Fire Departments, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Another example of “public servants” feeding at the public trough. From 1980 to 2013 fire runs have declined from 3Million to 1.24 million. In a free market, as demand for a service decreases the supply of that service shrinks also. In the public sector the opposite seems to happen. Government public servants want to protect or increase their skimming operation at the taxpayers expense. Excerpt from the article: “Don’t let these facts get in the way of the romantic view of firefighting perpetuated by popular culture. No organization loves the fantasy version of firefighting better than the public unions that lobby constantly for more lucrative salaries and benefits for firefighters.”

Wind Turbines Are Neither Clean Nor Green And They Provide Zero Global Energy, by Matt Ridley, at spectator.co.uk. Can the taxpayer subsidized experiment of green energy finally be coming to an end? All the money, resources, time, labor and capital that has been wasted on green energy, could have been used for more productive activities. Government “investment” is an oxymoron, because ‘bureaucrats’ aren’t “investing” their own money.  Wasted resources are kept to a minimum in the private sector because businesses suffer losses. But in the public sector waste continues for longer periods of time because of the seeming unlimited supply of taxpayer money.

The reality about green energy is only optional for a little while. Read these articles. Wind Power: Michigan Voters In Three Counties Reject or Restrict It, at nationalreview.com. Oklahoma Ends Wind Tax Subsidy, at instituteforenergyresearch.org. Europe Has Little Output To Show For Its Wind And Solar Investments, at instituteforenergyresearch.org.

More Solar Jobs Is A Curse, Not A Blessing, at cfact.org. More workers employed in an industry that produces higher cost energy is a bad thing. It has taken longer for economic principles to correct for these non productive uses of resources, time, labor and capital. The tax payer money that government has invested in these non productive activities has distorted the market. The inevitable correction is happening. Fortunately economic laws always win.

The Other Shoe Drops: Prime Auto Loan Losses Surge As Recoveries Tumble, at zerohedge.com. Instead of decreasing supply to match decreasing demand, the auto industry brought future demand into the present by pushing subprime loans and low payment leases. We are going to see an over-supply of used cars because the  leases have ended and also because of subprime loan defaults. There is no present demand to support the over production because demand was borrowed from the future to keep the car manufacturing plants operating in the present.

CARTOONS

No-Evidence-600-LI.jpg

5yP5rRU.jpg

204207_image.jpg

Must Reads For The Week 5/6/17

May 6, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai On Why He Is Rejecting Net Neutrality Rules, at reason.com. Free speech and access to information are important tools in pushing back against the propaganda of status quo institutions. Government bureaucracies, political parties, mainstream media, the Fed and it’s banking satellites, the health system, and our education system are just a few that need their power reduced. These institutions do not like information about their skims and scams to be found out.

Why The New York Times Is Cheering On “Censorship Algorithms”, at zerohedge.com. U.S. mainstream media  wants to use algorithms to purge the internet of stories it decides is fake news. They don’t like the fact that their monopoly on information no longer exists. Every status quo institution wants to hold on to its power. Fortunately for us the internet genie is out of the bottle.

The Pope’s Favorite Straw Man: Individualism”, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. It is OK for the Pope to be ignorant about economics, as long as he doesn’t pontificate about economics.

ESPN Anchor Admits Network Failing Because Of Politics, at tammybruce.com. People watch sports to escape the political BS they are bombarded with everyday.

Jimmy Kimmel Opens Up About His New Born Son’s Heart Surgery And Praises Obamacare, at npr.org. Emotion is not thinking. This is why I haven’t watched any late night shows since Johnny Carson. I don’t want to be preached to by someone who is supposed to make me laugh. We are headed toward a single payer government-run healthcare system and Kimmel obviously supports this. This direction will not be stopped by the House repeal bill. Does Kimmel understand that under his desired government-run single payer system, a bureaucrat, guided by bureaucratic rules, would have decided if his son would have had the surgery or not. It wouldn’t have been his decision. Emotional pleas do not change the reality of the cost of healthcare goods and services. Government subsidies, taxes, rules and regulations created these high cost. After the costs rise, Government then passes regulations that attempt to hide or shift the costs to someone else. Getting back to a true free market in healthcare is the only way to lower healthcare costs. What are the odds of that happening?

Obamacare Implosion: Last Major Healthcare Provider Pulls Out Of Iowa Leaving No Options In 2018, at zerohedge.com. Also: Obamacare “Death Spiral”: Maryland Insurer Seeks 50% Premium Increase for 2018, at zerohedge.com. How is our centrally planned healthcare system working out?

Maduro Hands Out Free Homes, Hikes Minimum Wages To Counter Angry Protests Wave, at zerohedge.com. Free stuff and setting prices is socialist central planning. Government intervention like this is how Venezuela got into this mess in the first place. How are these policies going to improve a situation that policies like this produced?

Philly Beverage Tax Blowback: Coca Cola Sales Plunge 32%, at zerohedge.com. Who would have thought increasing the price would lead to less being consumed. This is incremental socialism.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp Is Ecological Mess. State May Sue To Recover Losses, at kfgo.com. Do as I say not as I do. These people protested the pipeline because of possible ecological disasters. In the process, they created a real ecological disaster. We should never take these kinds of people serious.

It Takes 79 Solar Workers To Produce Same Amount Of Electric Power As One Coal Worker, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Even thought solar and wind are subsidized by tax payer dollars, they can’t match fossil fuels in producing cheap efficient energy.

Northern Arizona U. Professors Claim Student Recordings Are Part Of An Attack, at arizonadailyindependant.com. Students are pushing back against the education establishment.

Barack Obama Officially Endorses Emmanuel Macron, at zerohedge.com. Obama says the hell with influencing elections covertly. I’m going to try to influence the French election overtly. People who think that governments don’t try to influence elections are naive. Did Russia try to influence our election? Yes. Did Obama try to influence Netanyahu’s election (read here)? Yes. Did Obama try to influence the Brexit vote (read here)? Yes. Did late night shows try to influence the election? Yes. Did the mainstream media try to influence the election? Yes. Did wall street try to influence the election? Yes. Did unions try to influence the election? Yes. Did you try to influence the election? There is a big difference between trying to influence an election and tampering with the casting and counting of votes.

CARTOONS

at therightreasons.net

4jBWstA.jpg

202250.jpg

1jisRjQ.jpg

 

Must Reads For The Week 1/21/17

January 21, 2017

The End Of The Obama World Order, at zerohedge.com. Are these years worth saving? Excerpt from the article: “The Obama years brought us the Arab Spring, Benghazi ISIS, civil war in Syria, civil war in Ukraine and the Iran nuclear deal. On the home front, we have had to deal with Obamacare, “Fast and Furious”, IRS targeting conservative groups, Solyndra, the VA scandal, NSA spying and the worst “economic recovery” since the end of World War II.” That is quite a list of accomplishments.

President Obama’s Final Message To The Press, at mediamatters.org. The President made these remarks to the press about how they should act towards the President elect: “You,re Not supposed to be sycophants, you’re supposed to be skeptics, you’re suppose to ask me though questions, you’re not supposed to be complimentary, but you’re supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here and you have done that.” Obama has a skewed sense of reality. The press was never skeptical about Obama, they were sycophants for Obama. We are about to see how the media is supposed to treat anyone who has a position of power, and that is a good thing.

Golfer-In-Chief Obama Plays More Rounds Of Golf Than Any Other President Since Eisenhower, at zerohedge.com. 306 rounds of golf in eight years. I wish he would have played 36 holes of golf everyday for 8 years.

Church Won’t Utter Trump’s Name In Prayers Since He’s ‘Literally’ A Trauma Trigger To Some People, at theblaze.com. I don’t know what is worse. Being so mentally weak that they can’t handle hearing Trumps name, or enabling these people’s mental weakness.

Anti Trump Protesters Hold ‘Cough-In’ At Trump Restaurant In NYC.

Regular people can’t relate to this. Can They?

 

Fake News, Fake Politics, And Fake Policy, by Robert Higgs, at blog.independent.org. Excerpt from the article: “Where government, politics, and policy implementation are concerned, we would be wise to remember that just as in the realm of often-fake news, things are rarely what they purport to be and, indeed, they are often the exact opposite.”

Report: Schools Teach Kids To Hate America Under The Guise Of “Civics“, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. We didn’t need a report to tell us this. We’ve known this has been happening for decades.

Loretta Lynch Parting Shot At Your Individual Freedom, at lewrockwell.com. Excerpt from the article: “Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency…… to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did.” This is not shocking news is it?

Chinese Province Admits It Fabricated Economic Data For Three Years, at zerohedge.com. It’s hard to believe government officials would fudge data in order to distort economic reality. This isn’t happening in the US, is it?

Free Market Economics and Crony Capitalism, by Hunter Lewis, at mises.org. Businesses love free market when they are competing for market share with larger competitors. But when they become the larger business they try to get government to pass regulations that make it harder for upstarts to compete for the market share they currently supply. Big business loves big government because it is the only thing that can keep competitors out of the market.

CARTOONS

at theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 10/ 15/ 16

October 15, 2016

Obamacare’s Demise Has Arrived, at economicpolicyjournal.com. We tried to tell everyone that economic laws wouldn’t allow Obamacare to work. Now 60% of Tennessee’s Obamacare consumers will lose their coverage in 2017. Remember when Obama said: “if you like your plan you can keep your plan.” He was lying just like he was lying about those “shovel ready jobs”. Remember when he said: “it looks like those shovel ready jobs weren’t so shovel ready.”

1.4 Million Americans Who “Like Their Healthcare Plan” Set To Lose Them In 2017, at zerohedge.com. As insurance companies pull out of Obamacare exchanges, millions are going to lose their health insurance plans. Central planning provides less care at a higher price. Markets delivers the best possible care at the lowest possible price.

The Reason LA Has 10,000 Food Trucks And Chicago Only Has 70, at economicpolicyojurnal.com. The Chicago city council’s regulations has chosen the incumbent brick and mortar restaurants over the newer food truck businesses. Monopolies can only exist with government sanction. This is like the incumbant taxi cartel trying to get local governments to stop Uber from entering the market.

How Crony Contact Lens Manufacturers Are Trying To Destroy The Free Market In Contact Lenses, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Johnson and Johnson is trying to use government to restore its monopoly position in contact lens sales. Instead of using their time and effort to satisfy consumers, Johnson and Johnson is putting its resources toward lobbying government to regulate competitors out of business. Once again the consumer loses.

“Sharing Economy” Reveals That Licensing Laws Are Really About Shutting Down The Competition, by Brittany Hunter, at mises.org. The sharing economy has provided opportunities for individuals to start their own businesses. Existing businesses want to have the final say if these new competitors are allowed to enter the market. In a free market these existing businesses wouldn’t have the power to stop the competition. They would have to provide better service to keep their customers. Unfortunately we live in a hampered market economy where government has the power to force these competitors out of the market. Status quo businesses lobby government to get them to use force to keep competitors from entering the market. The status quo gains at the expense of the consumer and the upstart businesses.

When Government Fails Papa John Delivers, at economicpolicyjournal.com. An 87 year old Florida grandmother lost power last week because of Hurricane Matthew. Her family, who lived in Nebraska, couldn’t get a hold of her. They called area police and fire departments to get them to reach her to see if she was OK. When police and fire couldn’t get the job done, the grandson decided to call Papa Johns and have a pizza delivered to his grandmother. If it could be delivered, they knew she was OK. They had the delivery man call them when he arrived at her house so their grandmother could talk to them. Markets work better than government.

The Fed Who Cried Growth, by Jonathan Newman, at mises.org. The Fed can’t even predict it’s own behavior. They keep saying they will raise interest rates but for some reason they never pull the trigger. Maybe the economy isn’t in as great of shape as they are telling us it is.

Janet Yellen Tries To Explain The Elusive “Great Recovery”, at zerohedge.com. When you read, or worse yet, listen to one of these Fed central bankers talk it is mind boggling. They use words that sound like their saying something so nuanced that regular people can’t understand their brilliance, but they are actually saying nothing. And that is what they are trying to accomplish. Their monetary policies haven’t worked and they are trying to cover their asses with words.

Us Economy To Grow Just 1.4% In 2016 After Atlanta Fed Slashes Q3 GDP To 1.9%, Half Its Original Estimate, at zerohedge.com. The Fed can’t even print a solid GDP number, even though they have printed $4 plus trillion over the last 8 years. You would think that the policy makers at the Fed would have figured out that you have to first produce before you can consume. Money printing is consumption before production. All money printing does is allow the people who receive it to go out into the market and demand goods with pieces of paper. It is no different than if I counterfeited a $50 dollar bill and purchased $50 dollars worth of goods from a store. I would be stealing these goods just as if I had shoplifted the goods. The Fed is no different than a counterfeiter.

 

CARTOONS

From the burningplatform.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

the

Must Reads For The Week 5/9/15

May 8, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

ECONOMIC LESSONS ABOUT PRICE FLOORS AND CEILINGS

NYC Mayor: Lets Bomb New York City With Rent Controls, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Rent control is a price ceiling. When the price of rent is not allowed to go above what the price would be under normal market conditions, an artificial shortage is created. Less is supplied at a lower price than a higher price, and more is demanded at the lower price than a higher price, creating a shortage of housing and a surplus of renters. It’s simple supply and demand.

Robert Reich: Economic Malpractice On The Minimum Wage, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. A minimum wage law is a price floor that a wage can’t go below. Watch the difference between the explanation about the minimum wage from Robert Reich, and the explanation by the Kahn Academy. Robert Reich is trying to fool people who are economically ignorant. When a wage is set at a rate higher than what that labor produces, the demand for that labor will decrease, creating unemployment. Less labor will be demanded at a higher rate than a lower rate, and more labor will be supplied at a higher rate than a lower rate, creating a surplus of labor or a job shortage.

Meet The Hotel Robot That Will Battle Minimum Wage Hikes, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When a wage is set higher than what the labor produces, the labor will go away. Automation is one way this will happen. Robert Reich forgot to mention this as well as some other salient points.

Free market prices coordinate supply of and demand for scarce goods and services. Government price controls, like minimum wage laws and rent control laws, are interventions that are factored into the economic law of supply and demand. Government force can’t do away with the economic reality of scarcity, it can only distort the coordination process.

MORE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION

Ripple Labs Faces Fines From FinCEN, at payments.com. Ripple Labs is the first virtual currency exchanger to be fined by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. The Government wants to keep its monopoly on money creation via the Federal Reserve, by making virtual currency providers comply with anti-money laundering laws. This is curious because the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve are running the biggest money laundering operation in the history of the world.

Obamacare Killer? Global Spending On Cancer Drugs Surges To $100 Billion, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Obamacare has taken over decision-making from what was left of a free market system in the healthcare system. Coordination of supply and demand through prices barely exists. Lobbying Government for protection and favors through Government decision-making is no way to run an industry, just ask the former USSR.

The Mysterious Source Of Surging Demand For GM Cars, Revealed, at zerohedge.com. The first trick to increase sales was channel stuffing. The second was subprime car loans. Now the Government has increased its purchases from Government Motors. Maybe it does pay to get into bed with the Government! They bailed GM out. They subsidised purchases of the Chevy Volt. Now they are buying cars, (for whom, I don’t know).

Government Using Subprime Mortgages To Pump Housing Recovery, Tax Payer Will Pay Again, at zerohedge.com. This didn’t end well last time, did it?

MISCELLANEOUS

Meet Three Kids Alive Today Thanks To 3D Printing, by Ashley Welch, at cbsnews.com. We are only scratching the surface of what can be done with 3D printing.

Creative Destruction: Newspaper Ad Revenue Continues Free Fall, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. The market (decisions by individuals), picks the most productive goods and services. I predict the print media will, at some point, ask for a Government bailout.

CNN Anchor, Chris Cuomo, Ignorant About The Constitution And Hate Speech, by Robby Soave, at reason.com. And Chris Cuomo has a law degree from Fordham University? He must have missed the class when they talked about the first amendment!

Hello Al Gore: Low Sun Spot Cycle Could Mean Another ‘Little Ice Age’, by Chriss Street, at americanthinker.com. Who would have ever thought that the sun is the most important factor when it comes to the earths temperature.

CARTOONS THAT MAKE YOU THINK

https://i1.wp.com/www.jewishworldreview.com/toons/horsey/horsey050115.jpg

https://i0.wp.com/media.cagle.com/205/2015/04/30/163369_600.jpg

https://i0.wp.com/i.imgur.com/G3PgdMW.jpg

 

Must Reads For The Week 4/25/15

April 25, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

People Are Voting With There Feet, at washingtimes.com. In the last 10 years the population in over regulated states is decreasing and the population in states with more freedom is increasing.

Can You Solve This Moral Dilemma From A Real Job Interview, by Jason Stevens, at thefederalistpapers.org. One guy comes up with a creative solution. See if you’re this clever.

Two TSA Agents Fired For Pre-Planned Groping, at targetliberty.com. A couple of points. 1) I thought people turned in their pitch forks and horns for a halo when they became public servants? 2) Their union must not be very good because I’ve heard of union members jobs being protected for doing worse. 3) Whats the real difference between a, by the book pat down, and what these two did? Don’t you feel violated either way?

What Happened To Book Sales In Israel After A Year Of Price Controls And Minimum Payment Mandates To Authors, by Sharona Schwartz, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Anyone want to take a guess what happens with these price controls? Why do politicians and bureaucrats think that this time it will be different?

Stunned Greeks React To Initial Capital Controls And The Decree To Confiscate Reserves, And They Are Not Happy, at zerohedge.com. The Government mandated that any idle reserves be transferred to the Greek Central Bank for investment in short term state debt, (Isn’t that theft?). Something like this couldn’t happen here, could it?

DISGUSTING Republicans Vote To Hide Congress’s Obamacare Exemption, at targetliberty.com. The Senate Small Business Committee voted to not subpoena secret documents that show how the House and Senate members got an exemption from joining Obamacare exchanges. They think of themselves as the ruling aristocracy that doesn’t have to abide by the very rules they’ve forced us to obey.

Heal Wants To Be The “Uber” For Doctors Making House Calls, at targetliberty.com. This app brings doctors and patients together without any third party interference. Just as I’ve said before, Obamacare will create a free market for healthcare. Unfortunately the tax payer will have to fund both the free market system and Obamacare.

Regardless Of Obama Care, ‘Self Pay’ Primary Care Models Will Thrive, at selfpaypatient.com. This article explains that getting rid of third party pays is the way to go to fix healthcare. If Obamacare hadn’t passed, market realities would have started to fix the high cost of healthcare. Now we’re stuck with a huge Government program that tax payers will have to fund forever because Republicans don’t have the stones to get rid of it.

Get Ready For The ‘Achocolypse’: The World Is Running Out Of Chocolate, by Kate Taylor, at entrepreneur.com. A fungal disease and dry weather have cut the worlds coca supply by a third, at the same time world demand for chocolate is increasing. If prices are allowed to rise to ration this scarce resource, there won’t be a shortage, like the shortage of water that California is experiencing during this drought because of fixed prices. Read Prices Will Solve California’s Water Crisis.

Lets Laugh! Cartoons From theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

 

 

Observations From The Margin

October 21, 2013
Observation Tower

Observation  (Photo credit: mooglet)

– If you were a number one draft choice, and you hired the republican leadership to negotiate your contract with the team that drafted you. You would probably have to pay the team a signing bonus to play for them.

– What a sweet deal Government workers have. They will receive back pay for not working for two weeks. Maybe they should ask for unemployment compensation to go along with their two week paid vacation.

– The republicans were convinced they would lose seats in the 2014 election if they continued the shutdown and didn’t extend the debt ceiling. The deal they agreed to just delays dealing with the problem for three months. I have to ask, If you were afraid of losing seats a year out from the election, how much more afraid will you be nine months out? Do you think the republicans will be more eager to surrender or fight?

– The administration wouldn’t pay death benefits to families of soldiers killed in combat during the shut down. When they finally passed the CR to fund Government, section 134 specifically gives a death benefit for the widow of Senator Frank Lautenberg (his net worth is $56.8 million). What’s the difference between being a serf and being member of the ruling aristocracy? A serf is used as a pawn to be sacrificed in the political chess game, and nothing can be denied what is the birth right of the ruling class.

– During the shut down, I heard people talk as if the Government is the economy. Question, does the Government produce what it consumes, or does the private sector produce everything and Government confiscates what it consumes? Who is the parasite and who is the host in this relationship?

– When a politician uses the phrase, “the American people” want or need or think something, he is presuming more knowledge about how individual Americans think than he can possibly know. It’s a phrase designed to stop arguments that are counter to his position, by claiming a majority agree with him.

– Some related cartoons from, The Burning Platform. See more here.

138981 600 Congress kicks the can cartoons