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Must Reads For The Week 11/25/17

November 25, 2017

The Public Are All Alone: Understanding How The Enemy Of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend, at zerohedge.com. Big government insiders in both parties, along with the mainstream media, the Hollywood elite, and the education establishment are the enemies of individual liberty. These people are no longer hiding the fact that they want to use the force of big government to centrally plan your life and my life. The election of Trump was a push back against the establishment. Even though Trump is not a small government guy, he is not a part of the establishment. The insiders in the establishment don’t want an outsider in their club. Being an outsider he doesn’t know that Republicans are supposed to surrender their position after any criticism by insiders (even his own parties insiders). This is why Trump is driving the establishment out of their minds. He doesn’t play the role like establishment Republicans. He doesn’t concede an inch when attacked by the establishment. He doubles down. He gives them a taste of their own medicine. Trumps presidency will be a success if all it does is open all of the outsiders eyes to the reality of the insiders game. I think outsiders are beginning to see this because of how insane the insiders react to everything Trump says or does. Defeating the establishment, aka draining the swamp, takes someone who doesn’t care what the establishment thinks. Insiders always care. Trump doesn’t!

Trumps Constructive Chaos, at victorhanson.com. Excerpt from the article: “Polls, to the extent they retain any credibility, are ambiguous about Trump’s chaotic leadership style. They show that the public is in agreement with Trump on most of these hot button issues, while not being especially fond of Trump himself—perhaps in the manner that patients may fear their oncologists but ultimately appreciate their treatments for metastasizing cancers.”

“So is Trump creating chaos, or simply cleaning up the political and cultural messes of the past decade—or both? The answer is complex. To achieve perceived noble ends, the Obama administration often used dubious means, mostly through executive orders and by deceiving the public about Obamacare, illegal immigration, and the Iran deal. Now, Trump is using Obama’s own tools to reverse what Obama wrought.”

“The Obama presidency was atypical in many ways—even when compared to other Democratic administrations, such as Bill Clinton’s. Obama tried to move the country hard to the left and, in the process, radicalized and then eroded the Democratic Party at the local, state, and federal levels. And with the loss of a once solidly Democratic Congress, Obama was reduced to running the government by fiat and edict rather than through legislative compromise and cooperation.”

“The national debt doubled to $20 trillion. The economy stagnated. Labor non-participation rates soared. Near zero interest rates wiped out the purchasing power of middle-class savers. Scandals at the IRS, the GSA, and the VA abounded; the Secret Service, the FBI, and the Justice Department were all politicized. The country divided further along racial and ethnic lines.”

“……To address these challenges, Trump could have tried carefully to patch things up in a makeshift and incremental fashion. Or he could have found such ad hoc mending largely a waste of time, and instead found a better solution in slashing and burning the mess that was left, in order to create new policies from scratch. Trump chose the latter option—and predictably, as the old order declined chaos has followed ever since.”

The Demise Of Dissent: Why The Web Is Becoming Homogenized, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “We’ve all heard that the problem with the web is fake news, i.e. unsubstantiated or erroneous content that’s designed to mislead or sow confusion. The problem isn’t just fake news – it’s the homogenization of the web, that is, the elimination of marginalization of independent voices of skepticism and dissent…..In other words, we’ll be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and “approved” dissent.

This Obamacare Enrollment Assistance Group Got $200,000 In Federal Funds, Enrolled 1 Person, at zerohedge.com. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Thomas Sowell: “The first rule of economics is scarcity. There is not enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” Politicians and bureaucrats forget the simple fact that healthcare is an economic good. It is controlled by the laws of economics, not the wishes of utopian central planners.

30 Million Americans Were Just Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure, Here’s Why….. at zerohedge.com. The American College of Cardiology has changed the definition of what constitutes high blood pressure. This will make big Pharma happy. More hypertension medication will be sold. Which begs the question; Which members of the American College of Cardiology invested in pharmaceutical companies before they changed the definition?

Always Ready, Always There, by Maggie Koerth Baker, at fivethirtyeight.com. This is a in-depth analysis of suicides in the military. Excerpt from the article: “When service members die by suicide, their deaths look a lot like civilian suicides – the same people, the same risk predictors, and the same means.

Are Electric Cars As Clean As They Seem?, at zerohedge.com. Here are the list of environmental problems related to electric cars that are usually over looked. Excerpt from the article: “…pollution issues from the extraction of rare earth minerals, the disposal of lithium-ion batteries, and the sourcing of the energy that powers charging stations….plague the future of the green argument for electric vehicles.”

Germany’s “Green Energy” Dream Is Falling Apart, at cfact.org. The economic realities of mandating high cost green energy and phasing out less expensive carbon based energy has political consequences. Just ask Angela Merkel.

Are You Paying For A Colossal Fraud? by Joseph Mercola, at lewrockwell.com. Is bottled water cleaner than tap water? What about the cost of tap water compared to bottled water? Excerpt from the article: “Water sold in a bottlee may be labeled distilled, spring, mineral, artesian or sparkling to name a few. More than 17 Million barrels of oil are used in the manufacture of bottled water and 50 billion water bottles are used and discarded every year. The cost of bottled water may be as much as 2,000 times more than tap water; eight glasses of water each day from your tap costs approximately 49 cents per year while the same amount in bottled water costs $1,400.”

 

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